go ahead and MARINATE on that for awhile

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

yesterday afternoon i had the following status on gchat:

"go ahead and marinade on that for a bit"


a phrase that for a very long time has been one of my favorites.

[i started saying it a few years back upon becoming obsessed with a certain outkast song called
spottieottiedopalicious. <-- you should listen to it if you never have, it's awesome.]


so the status was up for a few hours to not much fanfare when i get a chat from my sissy saying the following:

sissy:
leah wants you to know this.... "tell alexa it's "marinate". lol. "marinade" is a noun"


WHAT?

how have i never known this seemingly simple grammar rule?

i've been typing "go ahead and
marinade on that" for YEARS and no one has ever corrected me.

i guess it took leah, a very good family friend who has her masters in writing to call me out.

i'm actually embarrassed that i didn't realize that i should have been typing, "go ahead and marinate on that for a bit"

apparently you marinate(verb) the chicken with the marinade(noun).

duh.

i mean i've always been aware of the other commonly misused words like
-affect/effect
-allusion/illusion
-capital/capitol
-stationary/stationery
-principle/principal (remember the princiPAL is your friend)

but marinade/marinate? nope, no clue - did you know better?

the shame, THE SHAME.

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i want to wish happy birthday to my newly employed love MAXIE who knows all the spelling rules.

31 comments:

  1. Sadly, when I saw what you wrote, I was like I should let her know it's Marinate with a 't'.

    I'm glad your family friend corrected you!!

    Another catch phrase you may want to start saying is "I see what you're stepping in."

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  2. Marinade is nowhere near important enough to merit a verb AND noun.

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  3. Semantically speaking it’s technically slang to use “marinate” to refer to anything other than food preparation.

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  4. I usually wouldn't correct people either...but since your post is all on grammar...it's actually fanfare. I'm kinda a grammar and spelling nerd. I blame my mother.

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  5. idea - you should have told me too! haha.

    ben - AGREED. marinade is just being greedy now.

    maiden - you have a point. does that mean i can call it anything i want now?

    megan - I KNEW IT LOOKED WEIRD! thanks for letting me know, consider it fixed.

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  6. I did know the difference. But, if it makes you feel any better, when I read that status update, I read it as MARINATE anyway, so no harm done in my world. =)

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  7. Heee. My inner grammar nerd has been giggling for 10 minutes about this.

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  8. That cracks me up! BF says "I'll marinade it." And I always thought, "hmm.. i'm pretty sure it's marinate.." but I never said anything. And now you reveal that i'm CORRECT! :) WOO HOO!

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  9. I'll marinat/de you all day.

    P.S. YOU'RE NEXT re: DC!!!!!!!

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  10. woooooah- i actually knew the marinad/te one... but at 23 i still cannot figure out when to use effect/affect. typically i just say feck it and find a new word.

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  11. I would have said something, but I never see your gchat status, since we're not buddies. YET.

    It's pretty funny though.

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  12. I can honestly say that I would have noticed, but I most likely wouldn't have said anything. The phrase that got me?

    For the longest time I said "for all intensive purposes." Who knew it was "intents and purposes"?

    Same difference, I say.

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  13. i saw that. but i said nothing. that makes me part of the problem. i have let you down.

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  14. I'm willing to EXCEPT your grammar errors as long as YOUR still nice to me in real life. I don't want to LOOSE you as a friend. ;)

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  15. glad I could help...glad I could help. ;)

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  16. I want you to know that had I ever seen you write "marinade" prior to this, I would have corrected you. That's what friends do! Ha ha ha.

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  17. Never heard of that phrase... I like it though :)

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  18. I think you have poetic license, you already don't capitalize.

    Why don't you capitalize on that!

    How's that for a catch phrase?

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  19. Easy misuse. We'll forgive you this time. And when I say "we," I mean the English majors of the world. But don't let it happen again.

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  20. i'm pretty sure i would have made the same mistake, even as an english minor i have horrible grammar.

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  21. Well you know your Mama would have let you know by text had I read this earlier, like many a times before...ha. You usually are pretty good most of the time. XO

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  22. Amazingly, I think I did know that. Dad is a big griller and marinator.

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  23. I make typing mistakes too from time to time. Somehow I always hide in the excuse of "english isn't my first language!!!" Lol

    But then I find I do something like that a few times too in Indonesian. Argh.

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  24. I'm sure worse sins have been committed. Ah ha. Although, when I see a typo in a comment that I've left, I feel the need to leave another comment pointing out my error so the person won't think I'm an idiot. And yes...I know that was a run on sentence. See? So, I get it. : )

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  25. Hey for all intensive purposes, it sounds right.




    I'll give you a minute on that one.

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  26. I wouldn't have caught that. The worst is when you put up a Facebook status (which I rarely do, so it's like, a treat), and come back hours later and see a obvious spelling mistake that I just completely missed before. Awesome.

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  27. I hate those type of words. Make me slip up and look stupid a lot of the time.

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  28. heh, i did know that one. i'm sort of a lexicon nazi though..

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  29. I don't think I've ever paid close enough attention to that phrase, so I probably wouldn't have given it a second thought.

    Oh! Don't forget council/counsel!

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  30. I don't use affect or effect because I DONT KNOW THE DIFFERENCE. seriously.

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