If you’ve ever used a word processing program in the last decade you are aware of that little red line that magically appears under words you have misspelled. If you are a user of the program Word,, you will also be familiar with the little green line that indicates you have used improper grammar. These tools have become indispensable in our workplace lives and have saved many of us from making fouls of ourselves… er, I mean, fools of ourselves.
Wouldn’t it be great if that little red line could somehow work its magic as we speak as well? Can you imagine that app?! Just before our brains let the thought out of our mouths, the little red line appears to tells us, “There’s no such word as the one you’re about to use.”
Misuse of words is one of my pet peeves. We all know someone who butchers the language, while at the same time, believing that he is actually impressing those around him with his intellect. Within the last few weeks I have heard college educated people use the words “Alumnis”, “Conversate”, “Worshipful”, “Intensive purposes” and of course the classic, “Irregardless”. Makes me want to go out and by these people Rosetta Stone English!
There is one person in my life right now who uses the word “lifes”. Not lives. Lifes. As in, “Our lifes will be shaped by the decisions we make…” Every time I hear this, I become distracted. I wince and tilt my head like a dog that has just heard a screeching noise. I struggle with whether I should say something to him. He is actually a public speaker, someone who commands a great deal of respect. Surely I can’t be the only one who hears this. Should I tell him, or should I let it go? Which is “better”, which is more Christian, more loving, more proper…?
Your assistance is much appreciativated!