Thursday, December 10, 2009

English just KICKED THE BUCKET! 1

English dies a sad death everyday..And very brutally @ that!
And guess what, we kill it~
Here is one instance how..

The victim- the word " Functional"

According to Merriam Websters dictionary:
Main Entry: func·tion·al
Pronunciation: \ˈfəŋ(k)-shnəl, -shən-əl\
Function: adjective
performing or able to perform a regular function
—func·tion·al·ly \-ē\ adverb
ctional psychosis>—compare organic 1b

I have atleast heard 25 people at isolated instances using the world wrongly, in a totally different parlance colloquially!

They say- This dress is casual but I prefer functional dresses for special occasions.
or
This is a functional clutch- for everyday purposes I have another one.

1.e. the word functional is surmised as "related to function or special occasion"
when actually it means a regular function(activity).

It is high time that we correct this gross culpable linguistic gaffe immediately!


4 comments:

One said...

Functional also means "Having a purpose". So from that perspective, its fully acceptable. Iron Maiden just bit the dust. :P

K said...

Dear One!

We are not @ loggerheads! And this is certainly not a war! There is no issue of me bitting dust. If u understand, some people say it is a FUNCTIONAL DRESS in relation to a FUNCTION OR CELEBRATION. I have already cited Webster's for the meaning of HAVING A PURPOSE!
WHY DONT LAY WOMEN LIKE US HAVE AN ACESS TO YOUR PRIVILIGED BLOG?

One said...

>>in relation to a FUNCTION OR CELEBRATION.
I see. This point was not so clear in the article. That would be a wrong usage indeed.
>>And this is certainly not a war!
I hope so too. The usage of the phrase 'Bite the dust' was used to carry on the use of metaphors for 'Kicking the bucket'.
>>WHY DONT LAY WOMEN..?
Mostly because they are lay. And partly because of the fact that I do not have any blog. Google allowed me to comment using my Orkut login.

K said...

Dear One!

Thanks for visiting!