or..."I don't think that word means what you think it means"...
I'm a word person. I love language and the many nuances of vocabulary and phrases. I love wordplay and have a deep appreciation for a very well-turned phrase.
The flip side of this attitude is that it seriously grates on me when someone uses language incorrectly. And I don't mean saying "ain't", but rather when I'll see someone grossly misuse a word, confuse a homonym, or otherwise murder a perfectly lovely phrase by misapplying it.
So I get really paranoid about doing it myself.
To that end, does anyone want to cast a vote as to which of these phrases is correct?
speak my piece
speak my peace
Both can make logical sense to me...but I'm sure that one is correct and one is used erroneously by people who also write "should of" instead of "should've" and still can't seem to get there/they're/their figured out.
Really. This stuff can keep me up at night. At least for a little while.
In related news, I recently had to scramble for my dictionary and look up jaded, because my husband uses it differently than I do. My assumption is that it means "cynical, especially from overexposure", while he maintains that it means "stuck in a rut, from habit or repetition". So at least we agree on the timing aspect. I'm still not sure which of us has it right, as it seems that the true nuance falls somewhere in between. I guess this at least means that I don't have to stop using it for fear of looking like a half-wit who got her hands on a $10 word.