Getting words confused

@soccermom (3200)
United States
March 19, 2007 2:50pm CST
I just got off the phone with my Grandpa, I adore him, but I get so aggravated when I speak with him! Ever since I can remember he has misused words. Like instead of going to the pharmacy to get a prescription he says subscription, he went to the eye doctor and has problems with his retinas but called it his rectum. LOL The list goes on and on. I don't know if I should correct him when he does these things or not, and I kinda wonder if he's not doing it to be funny. Have you ever had someone who does this every conversation you have with them? How do you handle it?
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@lyndee22 (1211)
• Philippines
20 Mar 07
everyone has the possibility misuse and mispronounce a word. in our day to day life we have to meet and talk to many people that during conversations we could not find the exact word to use thus resort to words nearer to what we want to say. in other people, maybe that's how they hear others utter it. i have an office mate that has a problem of pronounciation so everytime i hear him talk i always comment on him and teaches him the correct pronounciation that at times it eventually become a learning experience to others joined in the conversation. if i was the one committed i accept it and even ask helpif i am doubtful of meaning and pronounciation.
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• Philippines
20 Mar 07
I think you're grandfather is a real humorous type of person. You just have to laugh it all out. In life we really need humor, right? I guess your grandfather has reached his age gracefully because of being funny all the time. Inherit that quality from your grandfather and you'll live longer just the same.
@vanities (11410)
• Davao, Philippines
20 Mar 07
well my mom does some way made some confusing words..but i think its normal for those aged parents..and someday we will become one God forbids lol..
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
19 Mar 07
over look them . Just go on like you never heard the word he said just read into it the word you know he means. and if from the south all the old people call it subscription fo rsome reason
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• United States
19 Mar 07
My father in law does that all the time and I just do a silent chuckle when it happens. I think it's funny and cute. I think he does the "subscription" for "prescription" too. He also says "vegables" instead of vegetables, which is more of a misprononciation than a wrong word. I wouldn't try to correct him, I'd just enjoy the humor in it!
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
19 Mar 07
Lol I actually correct them as it does anoy me to I mean I have said words wrong and my Kids laugh at me and the correct me, but if I did it all the time I think they would worry lol I did know someone like that and I was always correcting lol
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@SpitFire179 (2536)
• Canada
19 Mar 07
Ohh haha that's sooo cute, i thought that was hilarious, I've known people to miss use words kind of similar to that but if their old i just leave it be, most of the time. Stu's mom is 80 and when she does mis use a word, i correct her, and i don't know why i do but but i do, but it's just too funny the words your grandpa uses. cute, thanks for the laugh!!!
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@valmiki9 (1171)
• India
20 Mar 07
That is not intentional but a curse due to mocking people inthe past birth. For every action you do you pay back in the same coin .So when you mock people and hurt their sentiments the resulting curse works in nthis way in which wrong words come tumbling out of your mouth though you do not want to put it that way.
@dfinster (3535)
• United States
20 Mar 07
Oh my gosh, that's actually pretty cute. I guess maybe you could correct him once in a while if it's really a big deal but I don't think I would do it all the time.
@Yoshi_ (156)
• Australia
20 Mar 07
Why is it such a big deal? LMFAO @ calling retina rectum :rofl:
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@kurtbiewald (2628)
• United States
20 Mar 07
he is old just give him a break maybe its hard for him to remember correct words
@c2adams2 (351)
• United States
20 Mar 07
Yes, my grandmother does the same thing, and I have often learned that it is better to accept the words she gives me than to challenege them. Ohhhh, that was not pretty!
@jojopuff (520)
• United States
20 Mar 07
Haha! Yeah, I've heard people mix up words like that before. I usually just let it go and don't say anything, but since it's someone you know, maybe politely say "Did you mean to say..." I think that would be a nice way of putting it if it really bothers you. I have corrected a few people before, but I make sure to do it politely so that they don't feel offended.
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@ydnac22 (804)
• Philippines
20 Mar 07
hahha..funny...my grandfa also is same as yours..he speak words incorrectly.But i do understand him because of his age 80.sometimes i prevent my self from laughing out laud even its hard to avoid sometimes specially if his words are to different.(lol)but i did that cause i dont want to embarass him..as you know old people are very sensitive...so lets just try to understand them. :)heheeh.
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
20 Mar 07
LOL! I have the same experience with my father. It is hilarious! I just correct my dad, we laugh about it and we move on. There is really nothing you can do! My grandfather was the same way. My favorite of my dad's was that I told him about a funny nickname. He said he was going to make it his monogram. What he really meant to say was he was going to make it his moniker. We still laugh about that to this day. He may just very well be doing it to be funny!
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@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
20 Mar 07
Some times my boyfriend mixes words up and I think it's cute. I used to always correct him but now I hardly bother.
@wawaww (69)
• Indonesia
19 Mar 07
And that would be a stroke of good luck for all of us.
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