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Incorrect usage of "draconian"; does it irritate you too?

Asked by whiteroseman (301points) May 22nd, 2010

It has started to really annoy me when I hear words or phrases which are incorrect or out of context. Draconian is my current bug-bear, but it a close run thing with decimate as well. Am I becoming a curmudgeon? I find myself getting angry with the radio/TV and have already written to the BBC to get them to impose some discipline, or at least understanding of the meaning of these words.

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CyanoticWasp's avatar

The word you were looking for is “annoy”, not “irritate”.

DominicX's avatar

In what ways do you hear it misused?

janbb's avatar

Writing to the BBC is a clear indication that you are definitely becoming a curmudgeon. I would see your GP immediately; otherwise Draconian measures may have to be taken.

Berserker's avatar

Reminds me of how some dude wrote to Game Informer about how massively multilayer online role playing game was an incorrect term and how nobody gives a shit… even if massively wouldn’t pertain to the audience rather than the material, which is instead defined by ’‘online’’.


xxii's avatar

It’s annoying, but not as annoying as the interchangeable use of “communist” and “dictatorial.”

Melonking's avatar

The changing of word meaning is part of the evolution of a language, its best just to sit back and enjoy, because you will never stop it.

Lightlyseared's avatar

I’d like examples of how the BBC has misused the word draconian.

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