“Get lost” Means “Go away.”


Daily Prompt: No, Thank You

If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?

Oh, goody. The Daily Prompt gave me a chance to vent about a word I hate. I hereby ban the verbs Get and Got! 

Why? People use “Get” and “Got” so often it’s ridiculous. Consider the following:

  • I went to the store and got chips, pizza and sodas.
  • She’s getting a new pair of shoes.
  • I got to bed but couldn’t get to sleep.
  • We will get up in the morning and get breakfast.
  • Get me an order of fries.
  • He got a pair of fives.
  • Get lost.

How did you get chips, pizza and sodas? How did she get a pair of shoes? Whether bought, stole, or borrowed answers the question, use the more descriptive verb. Now, see my choices for some other sentences:

  • went to bed but couldn’t sleep.”
  • When we wake up in the morning, we will go out for breakfast.
  • Bring me an order of fries.

Now, let me tell you something. “He got a pair of fives” was extremely difficult to write without using has. This sentence sets off every grammar alarm I have! I  think “He has a pair of fives” is  just as easy to say and more understandable.

“Get lost” might be my one exception to the ban. I used it for part of a post title not too long ago. However, “Leave me alone” or “Go away” works just as well.

There are probably hundreds, if not thousands of uses for “get” and “got”, but you don’t usually see “gotten.” My guess is the people who use Get” and Got”, don’t want to waste the time it takes to say, “She has gotten a pair of shoes that didn’t fit.” Instead they would butcher it by saying, “She got a pair of shoes that didn’t fit.” Ow, my brain is going to explode. 

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“I’m fine” really means “Get lost.”


Daily Prompt: Morphing

by michelle w. on May 10, 2013

Language evolves. The meaning of a word can shift over time as we use it differently — think of “cool,” “heavy,” or even “literally.”

Today, give a word an evolutionary push: give a common word a new meaning, explain it to us, and use it in the title of your post.

Several words and an abbreviation or two went through my mind on this prompt, but most of them were already taken. Finally, I chose one of my made-up abbreviations. Within three sentences, I realized this abbreviation sounded too much like another, more X-rated word. So what to do?

I decided to go with “Lost” because I felt lost with this daily prompt. I looked up “Lost” only to find several pages about the television series. I then typed dictionary in my search box and beheld a few definitions that seemed to boring to mention. But, Urban Dictionary gave me this interesting thought:

I’m fine
1. The more polite way to say “… get lost.” 

It’s funny because “I’m fine” is your automated response to “How are you”? And don’t you agree it’s usually said so that the person asking the question will leave you alone? At the very least, you don’t want them to pry into your life.

Therefore, why not fully morph “I’m fine” into “get lost” or “go away” and put it in the Webster Dictionary as such.

If  we really want people to know how we feel, maybe we should buy stickers of different emoticons (now there’s a modern word) and put one or more of them on our bodies.

Here’s my idea: Put a happy face on your face and another sticker for how you really feel on your arm or anywhere it’s less noticeable. Then, only people that really care about you will look at you long enough to see the second sticker and you wouldn’t have to say, “I’m fine” when you really want a person to “Get lost.”

 

 

Daily Prompt from May 7, 2013


Daily Prompt: Key Takeaway

by michelle w. on May 7, 2013

Give your newer sisters and brothers-in-WordPress one piece of advice based on your experiences blogging.

If you’re a new blogger, what’s one question you’d like to ask other bloggers?

(Make sure to visit one another’s posts today, to check ‘em out and respond!)

Yes, I know this is a day late. However, I find it intriguing enough to answer anyway. I am a fairly new blogger and I’m especially new on WordPress.

After roughly seven months on WordPress, I still have a lot of questions. But the two most important are below:

  • How do you use the WordPress download?
  • How can I send “Press This” articles to my main blog instead of the first one I started? (Can I copy the posts off the first one and then delete it?)

Okay, that’s technically three questions, but the last two are related.

Now, for those brand new bloggers out there, I have found answers to a couple of questions.
  • Like a rainbow after a storm, you often find your “Voice” after writing several pieces you think are absolutely terrible. Write often — not necessarily every day, but aim for once a week — and publish your posts despite your fear of being laughed at or worse. Put your work “out there” so that someone else can see how you’ve developed. Most of the people at WordPress are friendly and encouraging — that’s why I stayed.
  • My next bit of advice is to use your “Widgets” which are under “Appearance” in your dashboard. The most important ones are the RSS and Follow Blog options. Put both of these about midway of your sidebar so that others can easily find them and be able to choose which way to “Follow” you. The RSS option already given on your site isn’t always easy to find or to see if you do find it.
Now, I’m off to check out some of the other blogs on this subject. Check them out below.
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