language changing

bain-marie Link to this term

this came up in a story about the NRL grand final breakfast and was written as 'bay marie'. Phonetically close but not how it's spelled.

alternate reality Link to this term

you can't fight it—it's language change in action, driven here by online gaming. So we can say goodbye to any distinction between alternate and alternative as outlined here. In popular culture at least.

dilemma Link to this term

a choice between two (bad) alternatives, so shouldn't really be used to describe a general problem, as in 'When parents go back to work they face the dilemma of working out who's going to look after the baby...' Anyway the sentence is too wordy, and is better as: When parents go back to work they need to decide who's going to look after the baby.

cusp Link to this term

means where two points meet. It doesn't mean on the verge of. Your birthday can be on the cusp of two star signs, but you can't be on the cusp of adulthood.