Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cupcakes and Misused Words

The English language is not easy. We have SO many different words.
As some of you know, I also speak Hebrew. Although I think Hebrew isn’t much easier, at least it doesn’t have as many words as the English language to confuse.
So its no surprise we sometimes misuse words or make up our own to sound intelligent or help get our points across.
I thought I’d clear up some of the confusion

Word: Ironic

What people think it means: An amusing coincidence

Actually means: “An outcome that is the opposite of what you’d expect”

So, if a porn star moved to say, Virgin, Utah, that would be ironic. If the same porn star bought a house in Boner Knob, Montana, that would not be ironic. (yes, those are real cities).

Should you care? realize this is a technical point. But, it’s almost worth taking a stand because the word has been abused to the point that it can mean anything. 

“She always said she wanted to marry a dentist! And then she married Bob, who is a dentist! Isn’t that ironic?”

“I went on my cigarette break, but there was a No Smoking sign! Isn’t that ironic?”

“I just pooped in your aquarium! Isn’t that ironic?”

We have to draw the line somewhere, don’t we?

Word: Enormity

What people think it means: Enormous.

Actually means: Outrageous or heinous on a grand scale

War crimes and Charlie Sheen antics are enormities. Extra-big bouncy castles are not.

Should you care?
This is one of those words you really don’t need to be using anyway, unless you’re giving a speech at the U.N. Just remember that if you are a man saying this to a girl “I hope you’re prepared for the enormity of my package,” you’re implying that your “package” is responsible for several acts of evil on the scale of ethnic genocide. This may or may not turn her on, depending on the girl.

Word: Irregardless

What people think it means: Regardless

Actually means: Actually, this is not a word. Now, I have no problem with making up words (if a particular soda can only be described as “burpalicious,” I reserve the right to call it so). The problem with this one is that “regardless” already means something that isn’t worth regard (that’s why the “less” is there) so adding the “ir” to it means… it’s worth regarding again? Who knows.

Should you care?
If there’s ever a time to speak up as the grammar police, this is probably it. Mainly because this is one of those words used almost exclusively by people trying to sound smarter than they are. Remind them that when using fake words to at least try to use ones that have some kind of meaning, if they want to avoid unnecessary cockulance when speaking.

Alright, so do you have a favorite word people always misuse? Maybe you can think of other funny example of the ones above.

 

Ok, enough grammar lessons, I promised some recipes and I have a fantastic one! For these “chocolicious” (yes, another approved made up word) cupcakes, you will need:

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour or for a gluten free version try brown rice flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional, for topping)
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners. Into a medium bowl, sift together cocoa, flour, and baking powder and set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each, then beat in vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with the addition of the greek yogurt. Pour batter into cups, filling each 3/4 full. Top each cupcake with about a tablespoon of chocolate chips. Place in the oven and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes. (Makes about twelve).

    PS, I’m so impressed by the improvement of my photography!

    39 thoughts on “Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cupcakes and Misused Words

    1. OMG, the pedant in me loved this! Ambivalent is a word I hear misused a lot. People think it means indifferent (rather than conflicted — but I’m sure you know what it actually means!)

      And I love you big fat cupcake! ;)

    2. Lol, you hit on the most peevish of my pet peeves. I hate it when people misuse words.

      One thing that bugs me is when people don’t know how to use thee and thou correctly. Thou is nominative, thee is objective. They aren’t interchangeable. “Thou are a talented chef; I commend thee for your smexy cupcakes.” Ye/You are different too. Ye only pairs with thou while thee pairs with you. This has actually caused some translation/interpretation errors in the Bible, like when God is referring to just one person, such as Moses, as opposed to “y’all” in the context of the nation of Israel.

      Wow…I am such a nerd. I also hate when people misuse “peruse.” It means to read thoroughly, not skim like most people think.

    3. It gripes my hiny when people say they need to “unthaw” meat. Really? It’s already frozen! Thaw, people, thaw!!! Arrghhhh! And supposably for supposedly – that’s another!

      And those muffins look great!

    4. Eek! People misuse “ironic” so often. My eighth grade english teacher pounded that one into my head. I think there’s a quote in a movie about misusin the word “ironic”. I wish I could remember it now.

      I agree with Becki, that photo is STELLAR.

    5. I love that you just wrote a post about words.

      I cannot even express how much.

      As a self-proclaimed abuser of the English language, I tend to fall back on the advice from my high school AP English teacher: “Once you’ve proven you know how to use words, and understand grammar, you are allowed to screw with it all you want.”

      But AMEN for correcting everyone.

      Love,
      The Grammar Police of Elementary School

    6. As you should be ma’ dear because if your objective was to make that picture perdy, you did. I’d love to lick that melty choc chip there…

      I hate when people say “I could care less.” What they mean is they could NOT care less…So it should be “I couldn’t care less” because if you *could* care less, then why even say it, there’s no point because it doesn’t mean anything. But if you could *not* care less…that is actually saying something. Anyway, I guess that is more of a pet peeve, then misused words. And I hear it all the time.

      I don’t like the word ginormous and I dont use it. My brain likes to convert that into enormous vagina and I dont like it.

      Others that bother me are: loose/lose and they’re/their/there. I’m sure there are more.

    7. Lol! Is it a new camera or are you getting lessons? I would hate to go back to my first few posts! The pictures are sure to be dreadful! (not that I’m a great photographer now, but I blame it on my old camera mostly :)

      I only use “ironic” in my day to day activities. I don’t think I misuse use it, but now I’m going to be extra careful!

    8. Sorry for a second appearance today, but I just read this “word misuse” on a blog and it’s another one I see quite a bit. They said “I was a little weary about trying this kind…” when in fact they either meant A) wary or B) leery. I see it all the time and they don’t realize that they are saying they are tired instead of cautious! Ok, rant over – obviously your post today got my inner grammar nazi on fire!! I know there are many others (some which have already been mentioned) so you must do a part 2!!

        • But you are excused because, well, you know, you are Eden!! ;)
          (and I really haven’t noticed too much – if anything I chalk it up to “autocorrect”!! ha ha ha!

    9. Oh God, there are are so many words I could choose. But I’ll stick to two for the sake of brevity (and, fortunately, the ‘could care less’ thing has already been highlighted).

      ‘Alas’ is NOT a word that should ever be used in a positive context. I am ready to explode whenever anyone uses it to express pleasure or to denote a fortunate event.

      Oh, and when people say ‘make due’ a little part of me dies inside. ‘Make DO,’ you fools!

      Ahem. Thank you for giving me an outlet to vent those thoughts.

      xxx

    10. This was awesome, and helpful – I didn’t know about “enormity”.

      It rubs me the wrong way when I see people write “I should of…” instead of “I should have…”. Same for “could of” “would of”, etc.

      Another one: Tortuous. This means winding or twisty…not a thing that tortures.

    11. Ugh. Welcome to my life as an English teacher. What drives me bonkers: prolly (instead of probably), good vs. well, and irregardless. UGH!!!!

      At the same time, I know I’m not perfect so I try to remember to be patient. It isn’t always easy.

    12. I was reading something today where someone was trying to write “there are still remnants of…” but instead wrote “there are still ruminants of…”
      Those cupcakes look very tasty. And since I don’t think I’ve commented here before I’ll just say that I found your blog a few days ago and it is…amazeballs :D

    13. Well, it wouldn’t be too ironic, since Utah is the porn capitol of the US in terms of purchasing and viewing.. all those closet nyphos having to hide behind their LDS rules ;)

      Loved this post and those muffins. I need to come hang out with you!

      P.S. Way stellar photo.

    14. OH and I forgot to say I hate it when people misuse THEN instead of saying THAN. A few “big” bloggers do this and, in my humble opinion, if you get paid to blog as your full time job, you should know the difference.

    15. PS wouldn’tchaknow that I made a stellar protein muffin with greek yogurt but because I’m a deadbeat blogger I haven’t posted about it nor taken photos nor (probably using ‘nor’ incorrectly) nothing (gah- that was bad!). But I will post about it- yummmmmmmmmy! But not in the microwave- needs to be baked.

    16. Okay this isn’t a word that I think people USE in correctly but that they SAY Wrong and drives me batty
      Frustrated when people say it fustrated I seriously want to punch them in the face!

      And that is a fab picture

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