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25th Sep '16 10:14:58 AM DesertDragon
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* A rather painful example happened in the Website/{{Cracked}} animated short "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW4VctrWfhM America Was Saved by A French Millenial]]," referring to Marquis de Lafayette, who helped George Washington during the Revolutionary War at 19 years old. A ''millenial'' is a person born in the mid '''19'''80's to late 90's who became an adult after the turn of the '''millennium'''. It's the name of a generation, not some current slang for "young adult" and it would not remotely apply to someone born in 1757.
25th Sep '16 10:13:41 AM DesertDragon
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* A rather painful example happened in the Website/{{Cracked}} animated short "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW4VctrWfhM America Was Saved by A French Millenial]]," referring to Marquis de Lafayette, who helped George Washington during the Revolutionary War at 19 years old. A ''millenial'' is a person born in the mid '''19'''80's to late 90's who became an adult after the turn of the '''millennium'''. It's the name of a generation, not some current slang for "young adult" and it would not remotely apply to someone born in 1757.
15th Sep '16 12:14:18 PM DarkHunter
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* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'': An alien by the name of L shows surprising fluency in English, but is constantly getting idioms wrong, such as referring to hated enemies as "asscaves" or saying things like "The early worm is for the birds!" Someone will usually respond "[[PhraseCatcher Close enough.]]"
15th Sep '16 12:13:23 PM DarkHunter
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* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'': An alien by the name of L shows surprising fluency in English, but is constantly getting idioms wrong, such as referring to hated enemies as "asscaves" or saying things like "The early worm is for the birds!" Someone will usually respond "[[PhraseCatcher Close enough.]]"
11th Sep '16 9:37:37 PM JoieDeCombat
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* ''Literature/InDeath'' series: Eve Dallas has an interesting habit of using the wrong words in idioms. ''Vengeance In Death'' had her saying ''And don't get on your golden horse with me, Roarke! Don't you even start!" Roarke had to point out that it's "high horse". Another books had her saying "Killing the fatted cow." Roarke points out that it's "calf" and she asks "What's the difference?" to which he responds "Oh, about a few hundred pounds, I imagine." Another book had him asking if she gets them wrong on purpose, and she says something like "Maybe." All this is to apparently show that Eve is so literal-minded that she has a hard time working with figurative expressions like idioms!

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* Eve Dallas in the ''Literature/InDeath'' series: Eve Dallas series has an interesting habit ongoing difficulty with idioms and figures of speech, frequently overthinking them and questioning their meanings, or using the wrong words them slightly off-kilter; for instance, in idioms. ''Vengeance In Death'' had her saying ''And don't get on your golden horse with me, Roarke! Don't you even start!" she accuses Roarke had to point out that it's of getting on a "golden horse" instead of a "high horse". Another books had her saying "Killing the fatted cow.horse." Roarke points out that it's "calf" and she asks "What's the difference?" to which he responds "Oh, about a few hundred pounds, I imagine." Another book had him asking if she gets them wrong on purpose, and she says something like "Maybe." All Combined with her tendency toward PopCulturalOsmosisFailure, this is seems to apparently show that come from Eve is so literal-minded that she has being pretty poorly-socialized up until adulthood, as well as having an overly analytical mind and a hard time working with figurative expressions like idioms!general preference for blunt, straightforward honesty.
11th Sep '16 7:25:02 AM chelonianmobile
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* Happens roughly every paragraph in ''TheEyeOfArgon''.
9th Sep '16 7:07:58 PM Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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** Also, the former porn stars played by Vanessa Bayer and Cecily Strong.


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** One of Bush's most famous was "There's an old saying in Tennessee I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee that says, fool me once, shame on shame on you. Fool me you can't get fooled again."
9th Sep '16 11:52:41 AM ArthurEld
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* A very minor example appears in ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheDetective'' when Cabal describes someone as being in the middle of "derelicting" their duty. Leonie points out that there's no verb meaning "to derelict" and Cabal simply replies "there is now." A rare slip-up for Cabal, but justified that he's not a native English speaker.
4th Sep '16 3:25:17 AM erforce
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** Inspector Clouseau may be a unique case: he usually gets the words right, but due to his extremely thick accent, they can sound like other words. For instance, in ''Trail of the Pink Panther'', he asks a hotel clerk for a ''message'', but it comes out as ''massage''.
** Creator/BlakeEdwards sometimes carries this a little further in the script by having people misunderstand Clouseau so badly that they worsen the situation. For instance in ''Return of the Pink Panther'', Clouseau refers to a chimp as a "muenkey" but the other characters, upon hearing this, pronounce it "minkey".

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** Inspector Clouseau may be a unique case: he usually gets the words right, but due to his extremely thick accent, they can sound like other words. For instance, in ''Trail of the Pink Panther'', ''Film/TrailOfThePinkPanther'', he asks a hotel clerk for a ''message'', but it comes out as ''massage''.
** Creator/BlakeEdwards sometimes carries this a little further in the script by having people misunderstand Clouseau so badly that they worsen the situation. For instance in ''Return of the Pink Panther'', ''Film/TheReturnOfThePinkPanther'', Clouseau refers to a chimp as a "muenkey" but the other characters, upon hearing this, pronounce it "minkey".
29th Aug '16 9:40:13 AM dsneybuf
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* ''Series/TheElectricCompany'': Combined with ChainOfCorrections for one of the recurring skits, nicknamed "Giggles, Goggles." Here, two people usually Rita Moreno and Judy Graubart having a typcial conversation when one of them (usually Moreno) misuses a word in simple everyday language. For instance, "Hey, I really enjoy going to Larry's every morning to enjoy those buttermilk ''flack'' jacks and sausage." The other woman (usually Graubart) would point out to her friend the incorrect usage of the word ("You mean ''flap''jacks"), to which Moreno would then misuse the new word. ("No, flap is a type of bulb you put on a camera when you take pictures in a dark room. A ''flap'' bulb.") The chain repeats for several words, usually six to eight, until Moreno arrives back at the original word ("flap"), before adding, "That's what I was trying to tell you!" leaving Graubart to sigh in frustration.

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* ''Series/TheElectricCompany'': ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'': Combined with ChainOfCorrections for one of the recurring skits, nicknamed "Giggles, Goggles." Here, two people usually Rita Moreno and Judy Graubart having a typcial conversation when one of them (usually Moreno) misuses a word in simple everyday language. For instance, "Hey, I really enjoy going to Larry's every morning to enjoy those buttermilk ''flack'' jacks and sausage." The other woman (usually Graubart) would point out to her friend the incorrect usage of the word ("You mean ''flap''jacks"), to which Moreno would then misuse the new word. ("No, flap is a type of bulb you put on a camera when you take pictures in a dark room. A ''flap'' bulb.") The chain repeats for several words, usually six to eight, until Moreno arrives back at the original word ("flap"), before adding, "That's what I was trying to tell you!" leaving Graubart to sigh in frustration.
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