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Thread #132499 Message #3998828
Posted By: clueless don
02-Jul-19 - 07:12 AM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
I'm rather late to this party, but ...
It has actually been a number of years since I first encountered it, but a usage I despise is to use the verb "to plate" to mean "to put food on a plate", as in "Your meal will be quickly plated and served to you." Are they going to coat the food with gold?
Now I'll open myself to the collective abuse of the forum: I have long thought that if there were only two of something in the world (e.g. two surviving individuals if a species of animal), each one of those two could be correctly described as "almost unique". Yes, yes, I know that this idea could be expressed in some other way in order to avoid this usage of "unique", but that doesn't make this usage wrong. Let the flaming begin!