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23 July 2008 @ 05:51 pm
Minor word usage note  
I'm reasonably certain none of you do this, but I've been seeing it a lot lately and it annoys me.

Prescribed
▸ adjective: set down as a rule or guide
▸ adjective: conforming to set usage, procedure, or discipline ("In prescribed order")
▸ adjective: formally laid down or imposed
▸ adjective: fixed or established especially by order or command

Proscribed
▸ adjective: excluded from use or mention
 
 
 
of beets and bicycles and borsht, and CSS and code: englishgh4acws on July 23rd, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
maybe I am confused because
daily life around here is NOT in English : but which usage exactly do you object to :
I might use proscribed as 'forbidden' and might use prescribed in medical context, but would understand the other usages you list.
Johnjohnpalmer on July 23rd, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
Re: maybe I am confused because
I think the objection is to the misuse of one for the other.

"Please do these in the proscribed order"

("What, do these in the order I'm forbidden to use?")
gh4acws on July 23rd, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
Oh - yes
that would be the point when I insist on getting that in writing . ;-)

I greatly fear I am turning a language radical ( given my nationality I am more willing to become a Grammar-terrorist than a language fascist ) in my advancing age.
I keep being annoyed by simple mistakes I see in the usage of native speakers - I suspect these errors are caused by over-reliance on spellcheckers. ( and they fail to note the difference between prescribed and proscribed because both are words in their dictionary and that is the whole of their checking. )
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 24th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
Re: maybe I am confused because
Pro^Hecisely.
Miche: dettol and wire brushmicheinnz on July 24th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)
If this sort of thing bugs you, do NOT read fanfic of any kind. Ever.

Recent examples:

"Ectopic" does not mean "caused his heart to skip a beat".

"Discriminate" does not mean the same as "incriminate".

I wish I were joking.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 24th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
I am very, very careful about whose fanfic I read (rahirah, for example, can be trusted to proofread and edit her work).
Miche: silly walksmicheinnz on July 24th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
I guess I need to learn to be more incriminating.
My Yuki's Fan Clubakcipitrokulo on July 24th, 2008 11:50 am (UTC)
Now that could be useful f you want to get someone to agree with you in writing and they *don't* agree with you... ;-)

There are several things that irritate me - imply/infer is the one that springs to mind at the moment.

"Are you inferring that I can't speak proper english?!?!?"
"(I am now...)"
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 24th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
Rex Stout hated that one, too; in one of the Nero Wolfe books, he has Wolfe burning a dictionary because it allows them as synonyms.
madshutterbug: RN Self Hard at Workmadshutterbug on July 24th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
We Are Not Amused
We shall Proscribe the incorrect usage of Prescribe, lest there be Patient Safety issues. *G*
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on August 3rd, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
Re: We Are Not Amused
It actually seems to be the reverse mistake more often. But I could be wrong.