I do not think it means what you think it means.

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germankitty wrote in wrongworddammit
I don't think these words mean what you think they mean ...

Vendetta ≠ agenda, and protégé ≠ prodigy.

Why the hell is it so hard for some people to look up a word in a dictionary, when they're either not sure about the exact meaning (vendetta) or the correct spelling (I'd grudgingly accept a misspelling on protégé, because the pronunciation is fairly close to prodigy ... if you squint and have never seen either written)?

Hmph.

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I'd bet on a misspelling plus going with what their spellchecker says.

(I haven't had that happen, but I HAVE had spell check offer up words for mistakes that I know are wrong.)

Is it repeated through the fic?

Hmm -- I only get the colored squiggles in spellcheck; I've turned off autocorrect for that very reason. :-)

As for the rest of the fic, don't know yet; I'm only a couple of chapters in. No idea whether they've made similar mistakes in the rest.

(I'd grudgingly accept a misspelling on protégé, because the pronunciation is fairly close to prodigy ... if you squint and have never seen either written)?

Given the range of similar errors I've seen, I think that *is* thew problem. These folks *haven't* seen either written. They've just heard them spoken.

So when spellcheck suggests the wrong word, they don't know any better.

As evidence, I point to the many mangled idioms you see out the "next store" (instead of next door), "hone in" (instead of home in)... the list goes on and on.

Too many people don't *read* anymore (the internet doesn't count).

*grumbles* Given that protégé isn't even originally an English word, chances are that they've heard it mispronounced as well -- which only exacerbates the problem. GAH!

I think a big problem is that people who make repeated mistakes like this don't know they are getting them wrong.

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