Originally Posted by greenmulberry
How do you feel about people who say "The point is mute"? That confuses me, I assume they mean moot, but you know, 'mute' sort of has meaning in that context as well.
Hmmmm, probably about the same way. Like they are using the wrong word (although I don't think of amuck as being a real word like I do mute). But the meaning is changed a bit, but I always thought it kind of made sense. Like it's mute, it can't talk, it's not something we need to talk about. So like with run amok, I picture elephants running around in a rage, run amuck, I just picture kids making a big mess in mud or something
"I need to lose weight" I think of someone going on a diet.
"I need to loose weight" I visualize someone taking off a girdle.
"She's so excepting" I think of it as a person who has standards beyond the ordinary, and may actually be exclusionary.
"She's so accepting" She's open-minded and not picky.
"I was given a complimentary ticket" I got a free ticket as a special honor or gift.
"I was given a complementary ticket" The ticket was in a color scheme that really looked good with the program.
"I like working with him; he is a good complement to our group." He completes our work group and his strengths and weaknesses work well with the whole.
"I like working with him; he is a good compliment to our group." We are such a great work group that he was given to us as a special honor. Or maybe: he tells us how good we look all day long, and we love that.
"How can I nurse discretely?" She is breastfeeding so much the nursing sessions all run together. Or maybe: A giant mass of babies attacked me, and I just can't breastfeed them all.
"How can I nurse discreetly?" I don't want to get naked from the waist up just to nurse in public.