Dec 09 2008

People who say supposably!

Published by at 3:00 am under Jerks

OK listen up, it’s SUPPOSEDLY not SUPPOSABLY! Got it?

I used to work with someone who ALWAYS said “supposably” and it made me insane. I would purposely use the word “supposedly” around her all the time and would clearly pronounce every syllable hoping she would one day beg for forgiveness. I would say things like “I’m going to lunch now. SUPP-OS-ED-LY the ham and cheese is on sale at Arby’s. SUPP-OS-ED-LY Arby’s stands for ‘America’s Roast Beef, Yes Sir’ did you know that? OK, SUPP-OS-ED-LY. Bye, SUPP-OS-ED-LY. SUPP-OS-ED-LY”

My hidden grammar lessons fell on deaf ears because before long she would be jamming that disgusting “supposably” back in my face.

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21 comments to “People who say supposably!”

  1. Yubberson 09 Dec 2008 at 5:43 am

    America’s Roast Beef, Yes Sir??? You just made that shit up! Or did you…? I’m Googling this..

  2. Stephanieon 09 Dec 2008 at 7:47 am

    A. MEN. I moved to NC from MI a year ago & ever since it’s been like a knife through my heart with all the improper grammar down here.

  3. AngrySaron 09 Dec 2008 at 7:50 am

    Who knew about Arby’s? Guess you learn something every day.
    Yep and I have a B.A. in Journalism and English so definitely that crap gets on my nerves. Also dumb R&B songs are the worst offenders (‘buy you a drank’ type crap… UGH!!) 😛

  4. Lon 09 Dec 2008 at 8:31 am

    Supposably is right up there with “irregardless”. At this point, I don’t even hint anymore. I just correct people. Maybe I’m a stuck up bitch for doing that, but I know that I wouldn’t want to walk around all day pronouncing a word wrong. People are so defensive. Jeeeeze.
    Stephanie, I don’t know where you live in NC, but you don’t know bad grammar unless you’ve been to western NC. I moved down there from NY at age 11 and had better grammar than half the adults in my town.

  5. Stephanieon 09 Dec 2008 at 9:43 am

    Haha, “bless your heart”, I live in Greenville so it’s in the coastal region. It doesn’t get much better on this end.

  6. You Just Made My List!on 09 Dec 2008 at 10:16 am

    Yubbers, Sadly I did not make up “America’s Roast Beef Yes Sir.” It was their official ad campaign in the early 80s. I doubt Arby’s originally stood for that however, just sounds like a lame attempt at a jingle.

    If you listen closely at the end you can hear a fart after they say “America’s Roast Beef…” It’s the trademark fart that Arby’s always gives you.

  7. SanFranon 09 Dec 2008 at 11:19 am

    Dude… I couldn’t agree more… There are lots of words like this – I’m a vintage car guy (european ones, that is), and one of the most annoying things I see ALL THE TIME in the forums is “bumbers” – it’s not a typo, either – lots of guys call bumpers, bumbers – and it makes me angry. On another note, I have a friend who, to this day, still calls Faneuil Hall in Boston “Nathaniel Hall”. I’ve been correcting him for about oh, 15 years now – he even writes it as ‘Nathaniel’. Uggh.


    Also, thanks for including a great screen-grab from a great scene (it was Christmas Vacation, right? At first I thought it was from Raising Arizona).

    Have a supposably good day.

  8. You Just Made My List!on 09 Dec 2008 at 11:25 am

    SanFran, “Bumbers”??? WTF?

    I also hate it when people say “flustrated” rather than “frustrated.”

    Actually you were right with Rasing Arizona – one of the all time great movies!

  9. a personon 09 Dec 2008 at 10:26 pm

    my biggest pet peeve on this subject has to be when they say “a-k-s-ed” instead of “asked”…..

  10. You Just Made My List!on 09 Dec 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Yes, I hear “axed” all the time on People’s Court (the world’s greatest TV show)

  11. shellbeeon 09 Dec 2008 at 11:27 pm

    ‘Aksed’ is my pet peeve, too.

    Oh, and people who say ‘pacific’ instead of ‘specific’. Basically, I can’t be friends with people who do this, I hate them so.

  12. SanFranon 09 Dec 2008 at 11:53 pm

    aksed… yeah, that’s a doozy. Haven’t personally heard pacific versus specific, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time. When I do, shellbee, I’ll kick ’em in the teef, and tell ’em you sent me…

  13. CreatureofHabiton 10 Dec 2008 at 8:04 am

    “Exspecially” – when I hear it, I am almost brought to violent acts.

    Some profession specific peeves:

    “Masonary” = masonry
    “Joisteses” = joists

    What is wrong with people? I’m no professor patches when it comes to grammar, but this is pretty basic stuff!

  14. CreatureofHabiton 10 Dec 2008 at 8:06 am

    Oh man – I hear irregardless all the time. It’s cringe worthy. You know what happens when you make up stupid words? They end up in the dictionary.

  15. Saraon 10 Dec 2008 at 9:06 am

    Nice pic. “He already know is abc’s”

  16. shellbeeon 10 Dec 2008 at 5:19 pm

    San Fran, maybe it’s an Australian thing, but I hear the ‘pacific/specific’ thing all the time.

    And I once almost broke up with a long term boyfriend when I discovered that he had gone 24 years thinking that this ‘!’ was an ‘explanation mark’. There was much yelling as he refused to believe me when I told him it was an ‘exclamation mark’ because it was used to communicate that someone was EXCLAIMING. His argument was that it was ‘Explaining that someone was exclaiming’. From memory I actually did slap him.

    Eventually he caved when I started calling friends and family and using google to prove my point. We eventually got married, but if we ever end up in divorce proceedings I guarantee I will use it against him somehow.

  17. Yubberson 14 Dec 2008 at 2:53 am

    Holy Crap. I’m going to set up a picket line outside Arby’s. The world must know this slogan. Anything with a positive YES SIR! in reference to beef is downright special.

  18. rachelon 15 Dec 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Puh-leeze. I work for a millionaire that says “supposably”, and i just can’t help but think…”you may be rich, but you sound like an asshole at every board meeting you’ve ever been to.” He also offends with his usage of your/you’re. It’s tought being so right….

  19. rachelon 15 Dec 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Puh-leeze. I work for a millionaire that says “supposably”, and i just can’t help but think…”you may be rich, but you sound like an asshole at every board meeting you’ve ever been to.” He also offends with his usage of your/you’re. It’s tough being so right….

  20. Jenaon 14 Aug 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Rachel, my boss used to say “li-bary” instead of “library,” and it drove me crazy. I used to cringe in the shoulders involuntarily and hope she didn’t notice.

  21. Laurieon 18 Aug 2011 at 11:41 am

    I have a friend who says this all the time and it too, drives me INSANE. So I finally googled it and found this among many posts — too funny: gotta love the internet, something for everybody!