My absolute favorite is "dead body". What would happen if someone ever found a "live body"?Schweintechnik said:When we were developing the assembly processes & equipment for the vibration-reduction material now applied to the insides of most H-D rear fenders, I took on the same challenge in attempting to educate everyone that it was not "fender dampening" material, but "fender damping" material. I was soon overruled by someone who pulled out a dictionary and pointed out that "dampen" (and the "dampening" variant) is now generally accepted to mean to deaden, restrain, depress, or reduce amplitude.
I guess when enough people make the same mistake, it becomes acceptable. Two wrongs don't make a right, unless they are well-published.
Same thing happened to "preventive" when it became "preventative" and "orient" when it became "orientate". Next I think we'll see "supposably" in the dictionary.
Bugs the snot outta me.