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Faulty Diction?
« on: November 25, 2018, 07:09:07 PM »
Faulty Diction?

What was once considered faulty diction - in now [2018] considered acceptable. 

[early 1900s]
Accidently. No such word exists. Use accidentally.

[2018]
Other Words from accidental
Adjective
accidentally  or less commonly accidently  adverb

[early 1900s]
Ad(for advertisement). Avoid in formal writing and speaking.

[2018]
ad
  noun (1), often attributive       
 
1 : advertisement sense 1
newspapers ads
TV ads for new cars

[early 1900s]

Ain't. Never correct.  Say I'm not, you[we, they] aren't, he [she, it] isn't.

[2018]
Ain't | Definition of Ain't by Merriam-Webster
Although widely disapproved as nonstandard, and more common in the habitual speech of the less educated, ain't is flourishing in American English. It is used in both speech and writing to catch attention and to gain emphasis.https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ain't

[early 1900s]
Alright. No such word exists.  Use all right.

[2018]
all right or alright?: Usage Guide
 
Although the spelling alright is nearly as old as all right, some critics have insisted alright is all wrong. Nevertheless it has its defenders and its users, who perhaps have been influenced by analogy with altogether and already. It is less frequent than all right but remains common especially in informal writing. It is quite common in fictional dialogue and is sometimes found in more formal writing.  // the first two years of medical school were alright // — Gertrude Stein
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alright

[early 1900s]
Anyplace. No such word exists. Use any place.

[2018]
anyplace
  adverb
   any·​place

Definition of anyplace
: in any place : anywhere

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