Weird Al on Language Abuses
I was just watching a show about people who build treehouses. One man said, "this is a great build, ____, the proof is in the pudding." NOOO!!! Learn your idiomatic expressions , USAers!
The original saying is, "the proof of the pudding is in the eating." which makes SENSE! How can the proof be in the pudding? Unless there is a clue to the murderer's identity baked into a dessert, as in the UK, or as in the USA, cooked into a soft custard.
OK other signs that we have neglected our children's education for over 50 years:
The definition of NONPLUSSED is CONFUSED.
But now, amongst younger North Americans, it means THE OPPOSITE! "she was nonplussed" now means she remained cool calm and collected. Erm, this is ridiculous.
FIGURATIVE in art means a piece that looks like something recognizably derived from life. The opposite is ABSTRACT.
Amongst younger people, it means art that shows the human form.
FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING means to use a metaphor, so "I figuratively fell over" would mean I felt like I fell over, but did not actually fall at all.
Now people say "My jaw was literally on the floor." But unless your jaw has been removed and it has fallen from wherever you keep it at night, that is ABSURD.
MORE TO COME as I run into these foolish uses of what can be and has been a beautiful and lyrical language.