I done made a vidjio about bad speak, youknowhatImsayin?   Don’t be skurred, I’m just sayin!


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  1. rohman says:

    good idea for your info …………

  2. michael r says:

    i love ur doggie lol

  3. michael r says:

    lol Bush i miss the dumbness :)

  4. tok-715 says:

    Since caco means evil, it also explains the origin of cacophony.

    caco-phony (evil-sound).

  5. mythman says:

    On person’s cacology is another person’s [creole] :twisted: e.g. Past tense of read? I spell it ‘rehd’ … [irregardless] of the fact that those aren’t even words (that I know of), neither ‘[rehd]‘ [NOR] ‘irregardless.’

  6. school_dean_hot4.u says:

    Marina, Cacology here’s another take on (warning explicit language) Is it in line with this lesson?

    I just found this to be funny.

  7. davemarkwz says:

    I’ve always enjoyed this quote:

    “I sure don’t know what you think you’re talking about.”

  8. chaosfury93 says:

    Hi, Marina could you please do the word [Erinaceous] or [Mungo] ?

    Thanks! :mrgreen:

  9. imanstevebaby says:

    marina, how is gorby? I think this is one of your better vlogs…I know language and syntax do evolve, but…gimmeabreak…May i ask, how many languages do you speak fluently? My guess is Russian (obviously) also english, french, german, italian and a little of others. What language do you think in?

  10. livewire- says:

    Hi Marina I hate to inform you this but Victor Carr aka Livewire has pass away
    Friday 2 2009 (1969 – 2009)

    Btw Marina we did completed our first HotForWords 3D cgi project “Do Me Babe” Rock & Roll video

    Marina can be a dear aqnd please come by also here is livewire very first and last video blog:

    Thanks again Marina -Bjay

  11. haha,when you say “wow” at the begining you look like you really mean it !

  12. hutchiee says:

    I find it so hard to go against what I know to write poorly. Do people go out of their way to make themselves appear uneducated to add some cool factor, or do they really have no grasp of their language :?:

  13. Evan Owen says:

    It ain’t jest Inglish what folks is usin’ badly — I seen Mexes writin’ “k” instead o’ “qué”. :lol:

  14. ilikesexytime says:

    wow your breasts look sooo soft marina. i wanna sleep ON THEM WOOT WOOT! :mrgreen:

  15. rshush says:

    more quotes from Bush…
    “It’s a time of sorrow and sadness when we lose a loss of life”
    “I appreciate the fact that you really snatched defeat out of the jaws of those who are trying to defeat us in Iraq”
    “I remember meeting a mother of a child who was abducted by the North Koreans right here in the Oval Office”
    “It’s in our country’s interests to find those who would do harm to us and get them out of harm’s way”
    “[The Taliban] have no disregard for human life”
    “When the governor calls, I answer his phone”
    “My job is a decision-making job, and as a result, I make a lot of decisions”
    “One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures”

  16. Check out this lady from Russia. We thought Marina had so long legs. :shock:

  17. crystalio says:

    Bush is halarius.Too bad he also never stopped thinking of ways to harm the American people . Iraqis too. That doggy with the guns is so cute!

  18. 2utoday says:

    :mrgreen: I have been fooled many times but I have never been fooled once unless you count that time when I was in Mexico and-oops, I can’t talk about that one. Have a great day Marina!! You never looked better!!

  19. banksa1686 says:

    [Paraskavedekatriaphobia: fear of Friday the 13th]

  20. mospoetic says:

    Marina eres como una estrella que brilla en la noche sobre las aguas del mar. With that said I would like to request a word [boogeyman]. Thank you. :mrgreen:

  21. stevesurv says:

    Greetings Marina. Here’s a cool word for you. [ditto] Looking forward to your investigation!

  22. chrisbutz26 says:

    Good evening Marina…..
    Really cool slide show I received from you….Thanks! You looked great!

  23. starrykitten says:

    I would like to request [Latin America] because I have heard several different theories about this. Thanks!

  24. leonard says:

    Bad speaking is a sneaking speach. :grin: An old saying is saying an old, “told you so.” Learn not an emotion and shrug it off. It is all(ka-ka) or (caca), to me? whats up :?:

  25. tryant says:

    Alert! Alert!

    Hey Teach,,do I have Your attention?!?! Your class is positively bursting at the seams,How about finding another Teacher? Perhaps an Asian Lady with a sweet voice and a cute accent. Cali must be brimming with Immigrants that can speak english,snap one up,give Her a lavender reply box,and put Her to good use!

    We are the Many,You are the One,”the needs of the MANY outweigh the needs of the ONE”,so if You don’t want Us to start banging Our cups on the table and chanting “MORE TEACHERS,MORE TEACHERS” perhaps compliance to assuage the student body is in order. Pretty please? With sugar on top? :smile:

    We love to see Your pink box and would surely welcome a lavender box to the fold. Please consider.

    The balance of testosterone-to-estrogen is far too heavy on the testosterone side of the scale,,I fear the weighplate is resting on the ground and all ability to measure is lost.

    Is there a “poll” option here? I would think a poll would demonstrate the worthy idea in the form of “yes” votes.

    Just one more thing,,if We will lose Your pink replies/posts then all bets are off,gaining another only to lose you would be catastrophic!


    • fatbuffalo says:

      It won’t be the same Hotforwords then , and how would the class be bursting at the seams when the classroom is virtual and has no limits ?

      • tryant says:

        It wouldn’t be *exactly* the same,You are correct,but I did refer to that in the last sentence.

        I am quite confident in Marina’s taste and believe She would choose a charming CoTeacher,One that would entertain and educate. One that would reinforce the saying “intelligence is sexy”. She would not bring a hack to anger the class,,no way.

        It is a thought to ponder and the seed of thought has been spread.

    • runawayscott says:

      Dude, how can you possibly expect us to accept another woman as ou beloved teacher? Just drop the idea, let it go.

      • tryant says:

        Gee scott,I just hought She might welcome some female help and We would benefit from it too,”win/win” as they say.

        Oh well,I’ve been wrong before and I’ll be wrong again,doesn’t stop Me from trying.

    • What an odd “request”(?)… what were you thinking??
      You could always use your own initiative to start your
      own site yeah, that’s it! Then you could do it your way
      and hire (and pay) all the teacher’s you want!
      good luck! :mrgreen:

      • tryant says:

        My presentation was odd,no mistake there,the “request”/suggestion is pretty basic tho.

        There are plenty of odd things in the world,when the world is ready the odd might work.

        Request; [paradigm paralysis]

  26. animalntaz says:

    Fred’s cacology from the movie Scooby Doo.

    “Ya had best get your smack ON, smack OFF… ya know what I’m sayin’ G?”

  27. blackirishlad says:

    I have a request for a word I’ve been hearing alot lately: [cuckold]

    For some reason, I find it hilarious.

  28. player says:

    Cacology that is interesting. Maybe there could be another term
    for it like Bushspeak or Bushism. :mrgreen:

  29. John says:

    Marina, did you just call me a crazy ass? :lol: Cacology on demand, huh i doesnt think i sup to da task dat you dun went an ask. wat up with diss tat u desire dis for? Yous go a lok of utter pesplexsity on u face as it be da firt times u dun sen tis rightn be fo. R be it da woords dse peple usse dat u got thim nce beasts oon yous chess,? wat it be girl u gots ta be mo speecifixit.

  30. свинья в мешке says:

    Remember, Marina, “garbage in – garbage out”. Don’t read that garbage referring to you. I was surprised by this on the YouTube channel and I prefer not going there.

    I love the Bad Grammar video and I noticed the restatement, “Don’t be skurred . . .” I’ve always been slow on the uptake regarding song lyrics and slang. What does skurred refer to?

    • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

      She misspelled it. It’s “skeered,” as in “I got a pound of good shit in the trunk and a cop is following me. I’m skeered!”

      • свинья в мешке says:

        Thanks for the reply. Having one of those – DOH! – moments. The good shit should make everything more clear. :lol: I believe Shenna wrote the lyrics and misspelling the word is in line with as long as it rhymes, it don’t have to make no sense.

      • свинья в мешке says:

        Thanks for the answer. That makes sense, but I didn’t think it had to make sense. Now, I’m really confused. :lol:

  31. epicephemera says:

    Don’t worry Marina, your makeup/clothes only account for a tiny percentage of what makes you attractive. But you are a smart girl so you probably already knew that.

  32. abilio says:

    you go girl

  33. patriot1 says:

    you cant fool me, me too stUpid

    keep me abreast…

  34. hs4mm says:


    Hello Marina,

    1) You do not actually say anything negative in this video — you merely show examples of cacology — and the examples themselves are sufficient to ridicule their authors! Great!

    2) The title for the YouTube version, “Bad oral youknowwhatimsayin?”, is an act of genius! Almost everyone will fall for it!

    3) Why is Gorby so drowsy?

    4) When Gorby shots, no one dies; but once when he drops the gun, it falls on someone’s foot!

    5) All the effects come in correctly.

    6) There are parts in the video where it looks like you are holding back tears. Don’t let them hurt you so much — such people always have and will exist; and they always amount to nothing.


    • hs4mm says:

      PS: In (1) above, I do not mean to imply one should never say negative things — sometimes it is good to say true negative things about bad people.

    • hs4mm says:

      PPS: Regarding (4), when the gun falls, it actually goes off a second time and someone screams.

    • hs4mm says:


      Third post-script — to elaborate on (1): You do not make the mistake the Sisters make in “Comments are whack” — they attempt to reform the authors of cacology. You properly spend none of your energy on the authors (and focus on teaching the origin of a new word) — you just show what the authors really are — total nothings. This is very good, Marina!


      • hs4mm says:


        Every since I first heard this lesson yesterday evening, I had a sense that there was some very important attribute of this video, and I have been trying to put my finger on that attribute ever since. I think I nailed it in the comment above — the attribute I was seeking to verbalize is: This video’s primary focus is on teaching the origin of a new word!

        Now I can get back to my work!

        Thanks Marina,


    • fatbuffalo says:

      I did some clicking at her youtube comments and found out that those people who post insulting comments actually subscribe to her :shock:
      Everytime theres a new video they go there and type some more , [get a life]

  35. scubadogg says:

    I would like to request that you do the word [carabiner]. Thanks Marina! :mrgreen:

  36. andromeda says:

    horrorshow cacology to the max : “A Clockwork Orange”! secondplace : twain in huck finn, coming in 1Ast but NOt least Li’l Abner and the motley dogpatch bunch im gr00vin down on the yokum scene man an dont nobody fuggit abowt that smokin quaintsie Daisy Mae neither (Daisy STILL had it all over Stupefyin’ Jones an Moonbeam Mcswine too i dont kare what nobody sez diffunt)

    ps that 1337 is FRIGGEN hard to read but this “cacology” jazz it never bother me none never even new there wuz afancy word for it. (did know about cacophony which reminds me of a flock of crows or ravens squawking away, thats a nice one to keep in ones back pocket as the good ones (words) are the ones that pull up either images or sounds or vibrant colors etc need to build up a rich audiovisual pic in the imagination… sorry cacology tanks on me hard in this category ill pass thx anyway)

    • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

      Thanks. I got a lot of yuks from that site. I remember “Please to step the pedal starter” from my Honda 50 scooter manual from the ’60s. It went on for pages and pages like that.

    • animalntaz says:

      Kinda got me thinking of one of Mel Gibson’s lines for Lethal Weapon 4, when he was making fun of the Chinese waiters:

      “It’s flied lice, you plick!”

  37. neuroway says:

    Teacher, like Phi, the golden ratio, the arguments Gorby and yourself are bringing to the table come as irrefutable as an irrational mathematical constant, and cannot be easily dismissed for the moment. I have therefore decided to come to the conclusion that these comments are whack.

    However. Perchance it would be best that the intelligence of these cacologists be not hastefully misunderestimated. For if they write like peasants, if they seem to have a hot potato in their mouth when they talk, it may be because they are foreign-born, non-native-english speaking indigenous people coming from exotic, wild and savage countries like Yurope or even Nunavut.

  38. Evan Owen says:

    Here is a look at the endearing twists that Japanese and other Orientals give to English:

  39. Bob says:

    Living in the North East of Scotland, I hear a lot of cacology, much of which I can ignore because it is local dialect, such as fit=what, wifey or quine=woman/lady. Marina has already spoken about wif=female in the Werewolf video, where she told us that “wif” and “wer” meant woman and man, from Old Saxon. Similarly, I surmise that “quine” comes from the Scandinavian “kvinne” meaning woman.
    However, some things really grate and set my teeth on edge and one of those is when people use words that don’t agree in case or tense, for example, I often hear people talking about “that shoes” instead of “those shoes” or “that pair of shoes”.

    • Evan Owen says:

      Just a wee doch an’ doris,
      Just a wee drap that’s a’
      Just a wee doch an’ doris
      Afore we gang awa’
      There’s a wee wifey waitin’
      With a wee bairn or two
      For if you can say
      it’s a braw brecht moonlecht necht,
      You’re a-recht, that’s a’! :grin:

  40. kerskyle says:

    “Cacology” that was a great lesson!!!! The guy I work with says I mess up my words all the time, but I dont care im just glad I dont stutter ;)

  41. Good Morning Marina,


    All the people who are skipping class, They have cacology speech.

    And those gangsta rap tunes. Such terrible cacology.

  42. genialiss says:

    [bona fide] I’m surprised nobody asked for this before, as we all use it every day. So just exactly what does it mean, favourite teacher?

  43. Evan Owen says:


    ***Attention Russophiles and students of Russian:***
    At the risk of adding to internet cacology, I would like to introduce a new word into English:
    Verk, this is HFW and fans; HFW, this is Verk:
    to transliterate from Latin to Cyrillic (Abzuka) characters using a Latin keyboard and transliteration software.
    E.g. “Can you verk zdravstvuitye into Cyrillic for me? I’ll be damned if I know how to spell it in English!”
    For your homework, please explain the etymology of this new word, so that we may get to know it better. (Hint: it’s based on an [acronym].) :grin:

  44. hitoshi says:

    i was forced to work today, its sunday though. what’s going on at the company i m working at? i ve just finished my today’s work. anyway, let me just say this. i love people who love hotforwords!! let’s have a toast to love and peace and jobs!  fight against the current global economic depression!!

  45. I’m surrounded by idiots and this depresses me. Why?!?

  46. annuddermale says:

    here’s one i saw recently on anudder site:

    looking for man who no what he won’t

    i know what i “won’t,” and that is a woman who doesn’t “no” how to use proper grammar… :cool:

  47. Am I the only one that see this pattern emerging? Ak-47, airport ad for gun range, Grand Theft Auto, Gorby guns, etc. This leads me to believe that M has used a firearm(s) in the past. I also think that she might have a concealed weapons permit. I wonder what this means…

    What is really odd is last night, I not had a good dream. It was on of those old flashback dreams mixed with some imagination. It’s been awhile sense I had one of those dream. Hummm…..

  48. “Do, or do not. There is no ‘try’.” – Yoda ‘The Empire Strikes Back’

    How true this is…..

  49. JayScat says:

    I think your videos are fantastic. Please ignore the negative people who don’t understand what you are doing. I enjoy your presentations. Jay

  50. James says:

    LEK A DE FLUER PON DE TABLE.! Whoops… Thats rasta. I think your breats are gorgeous Marina, Even though I don’t know what that means. If it belongs to you its gorgeous..

    By the way .. Remember you told me about copyright on that song I use… Well I have asked the record label and had no reply, so I have taken it up a step. I have sent 2 of the band members emails., and one accepted me on facebook, thank god I got in there before they haven’t become to prolific yet…

  51. speakwell says:

    This against my name but Marina are so good am do it fur her. That so make laughing from me and Bush ur so faced by Marina. Gorby be acareful, ur gun pawz not got a good gripe! HAhahaHA!

    Werd REqwest!

    *** onomatopoeia ***

    Marina plezz do my word wit yur movin pictures. Ur so smrt and blonnd.

  52. Loudfighter says:

    Im to employee, that i will do suicide! :roll:
    Good lesson Marina!

  53. tommaralem1987 says:

    Cacophony-Harsh sound.

    “I don’t do that because happy what have”
    There are statements like that in languages that if translated would equal that.
    When you hear someone converting statements from one language into another, you are hearing INTERPRETATIONS NOT TRANSLATIONS.
    If you were to hear transltations, there would be statements like “I want go school. Learn there me do I”

  54. lcl4 says:

    Alias? You have got to be kidding me! We use IP address’s not your silly juvenile names. Who cares what you call yourself as long as I can get to your IP I can than see all names from that IP. Your job app with email address is all I need.

    • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

      Most people (I’m terribly sorry; I meant ppl) do not use static IP addresses; they use much cheaper dynamic addresses. Therefore, when the connection to the ISP ceases (dial-up goes on hook, DSL “modem” gets powered off and so forth), the IP address that was in use is freed up to be reassigned to another user. When a connection is restablished, another free address from the ISP’s address pool is issued to the user and he operates with that address until the connection is broken again. Generally speaking, only those with servers and networks pay for static addresses. Therefore an IP address. for the most part, is not nailed to a particular user and so is useless for long-term identification.

  55. tryant says:

    Oh yeah,almost forgot.

    Request; [paradigm shift] and/or [paradigm paralysis]

  56. tryant says:

    I’m not skurred,,I’m skeert shitless!

    I prolly foogered the homework.

    Who did Gorby shoot when He dropped the pistol? Was it melikadothechacha’s mystery camera man?

    What’s with the big puppy in the slideshow? Till I saw this vid I was wondering if it may have eaten Gorby!

  57. lcl4 says:

    Thank you teacher for taking some deserving souls to the woodshed for their total lack of writing skills. On the internet all should remember that the next person seeing what you post, words or images, might be your next potential employer or mate.

    • inteligento says:

      That’s why we all use aliases .

         /ˈeɪliəs/ [ey-lee-uhs]
      noun, plural -asâ‹…es, adverb
      1. a false name used to conceal one’s identity; an assumed name: The police files indicate that “Smith” is an alias for Simpson.
      2. at another time; in another place; in other circumstances; otherwise. “Simpson alias Smith” means that Simpson in other circumstances has called himself Smith.
      1525-35; < L aliās (adv.): at another time, otherwise; cf. else Unabridged
      Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2009.

      Sponsored LinksLearn to Talk the Talk
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      a·li·as (ā’lÄ“-É™s, āl’yÉ™s)

      1. An assumed name: The swindler worked under various aliases.
      2. Electronics A false signal in telecommunication links from beats between signal frequency and sampling frequency.

      adv. Also known as; otherwise: Johnson, alias Johns.

      [Latin aliās, otherwise, at another time, from feminine accusative pl. of alius, other; see al-1 in Indo-European roots.]
      The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
      Copyright © 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
      Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

      • Bob says:

        Alias is an alias for nom-de-plume and vice versa.
        Since, on the internet we are writing, albeit with a keyboard rather than a plume (feather -> quill -> pen), perhaps nom-de-plume would be a more appropriate alias for our log-in names. :smile:

      • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

        When sampling analog signals to convert them to digital, one must always sample at a rate that is, at minimum, twice the highest frequency to be converted, else aliasing might occur. For example, a 4kHz-max telephone voice signal must be sampled at least at 8,000 times a second when it reaches the central office to be prepared for the totally digital network that carries it farther or else distortion may occur. This is called the Nyquist* frequency.

        *Somehow, good ol’ Harry doesn’t strike me as the barrel-of-laughs type.

    • tryant says:

      “Woodshed” :?: Ouch! Ouch! Owwachie! :shock: Doon’cha stop Marina! :shock: Spang My naughty wurfless bum! :shock: Spang it haad! :shock: Ah desoive it! Ahhhhh,You’s Muh booful Mistress…. :cool: :smile:

  58. roachmeistercom says:

    Bitchin Frizzy.

    Aaaaaargh, cacology! Cacology!

    Cacodaemon. (Bad email daemon)

    Bad Daemon. No Biscuit.

  59. Homework: Me lika do the cha cha :mrgreen:
    “No hodily ban cock!”
    “No bodily contact!”

  60. greatestpotential says:

    Cacology describes babbling nonsense talk and then there is also an example of cacophonous music which is often wild, harsh, recklessly discordant sounds reminding us of those expressionistic medieval woodcuts where devils are pulling on one another’s hair and skin, grimacing and snarling, horrid images of hellfire and damnation. Ah, seems the clues are evident and in abundance :wink:

  61. By the way, what dog species is Corby? Bichon Frise?

  62. I actually flinched when Corby pulled out the first gun, because it popped out of nowhere AND the volume was up :???: Other than that, this was another great lesson.

    P.S. ppl cereally kneed too spelll butterrr

    (Just kidding) :mrgreen:

  63. Evan Owen says:


    ***LossForWords’ FRACTURED PHILOLOGY presents:
    “Claymore Mine and Gladiolus Flower”***

    Claymore mines and Gladiolus flowers have nothing in common — except their name. (Huh? says Gorby.) Let me explain.

    The Claymore mine was invented by Norman MacLeod, an American of Scottish ancestry, in the early 1950s. He named it the “claymore” after the Scottish sword, for its ability to cut a swath through enemy ranks like a claymore. Claymore comes from the ScotsGaelic claidheamh mòr, literally “big sword” (cleddyf mawr in Welsh, for us Cambriaphiles.)

    The gladiolus (diminutive of gladius, Latin for “sword”) was named after the Roman short sword, because the leaves are sword-shaped.

    Both claidheamh and gladius derive from the proto-Indo-European root word clad-, meaning “sword.” Thus the weapon of battlefield hell and the flower of a peaceful garden are linked through etymology.

    There you go – another mystery compounded by your dubious (“is he joking or not??”) LossForWords!

    For your homework: please identify flights of fancy or invention in the above story, and write your answers in the comments below. (Extra credit: do the same for last week’s lesson on McNaught and Hidalgo.) :mrgreen:

  64. MCLIJazz says:

    The lesson was great, Marina…until the now-former-President Bush gaffes were thrown in. But I’ll assume your intent was not malicious. Gorby looked really cute with his paws in the air. :smile:

  65. fatbuffalo says:

    Nice Youtube page makeover Marina :mrgreen:

  66. thoughtonfire says:

    Dear HotForWords,

    I don’t like devaluing language. I actually do the opposite when I am being creative. I mean that I make up new words so that I can express fully what I mean. Is there a word for that? Besides “I Made A New Word” or “To Coin A Phrase?” Things like that you know?

    Your Student,

    BTW I thought this was a really cool video.

    “Beware of Dog – Has Guns.”

  67. Evan Owen says:

    Cacology example: just about anything by sxephil (also known as [coprolalia]) :evil:

  68. nathan19 says:

    Hey Marina,

    Ah, I haven’t posted in such a long time. I just recently got out of high school, and most of the people there spoke mostly in cacology and little else. I could give you a litany of all the sorts of horrible speaking habits people had, but it would take far too long.

    And Marina, what’s going on with Gorby and the guns? You took him to see Notorious, didn’t you?

  69. mswhitx0 says:

    Hey Marina, I wanted to request the phrase [Copy Cat]. If you could explain how that came to be, that would be awesome.

    Oh, and like I said in my comment on your video on YouTube, “Word to all the people saying your lessons are informative. I agree 100%. I like watching your videos because I love hearing the meaning of the words, it really is interesting, and it’s even better when there’s not an old, gross, boring person teaching them. You make it interesting! xx” –It’s true!(:

  70. Che Volay says:

    WHADSA madda wid da way i tawk, you guys tink it’s funny, Gwan be da foist to tell dat i tawk wid an absoid accent

  71. I asked before, but didn’t put the brackets in. I’m looking for the origin of the word [ Gandy ], as in “Gandy Dancer.” A Gandy Dancer is a person or persons who would operate a handcar on a railroad. The “dance” was when they pumped the main arm to make the handcar move. I just want to know if the entire word is from the railroad, or did [ Gandy ] originate elsewhere?

  72. greatestpotential says:

    i ain’t dun no-ing whatitisUBspeeking’bout
    butts i liek 2′s screem n showt & flaels mi baudy abouts

    teachair sayin praw peer edkashuns whatitsawlaboutz
    stoodents stainden on thar chares yellun “we gots2shOWtIToWtssSSS!”

    a snort snort hear- anda snort snort thayr
    pigluts gittin rowday inda nersaucery pean

    if U doughnt liek thays sung- 2bad! coz weeze gunna peetITagayn!

  73. inteligento says:

    A Northerner and a Southerner were arguing about God being on their side during the American Civil War, each claiming God was on their side.
    So they decided to go to the highest mountain and pray until they got an answer from God.
    After 40 days and 40 nights the heavens opened and a bright light shone upon them surrounded by clouds as if they were the only two humans on Earth and a voice thundered down on them saying: “I am who I am!” and the light went away and the sun was no longer dwarfed and the clouds dispersed and the Northerner turned to the Southerner and said: “See I told he was on my side!”.
    The Southerner retorted: “How do you figure that?”
    The Northerner responded: “If he was on your side he would have said: “I’s is whose I’s is!” “.

  74. bookreader1689 says:

    Dearest Teacher, Marina!

    Could you please tell me where in the world the word [ fashion ] comes from? [ Fashion ] seems to rule my life, and I would love to know how this word came to be.

  75. shephild says:

    Hello my dear Teacher, Marina. Do I see another one of those sexy [empire] silhouette tops again? Not that I mind, mind you…

  76. danielpool says:

    HI Marina Cacology a poor diction or choice of words. Marina you did a excellent job explaining that word. You have a very good attitude with a lot of people that have a very bad attitude. Little GORBY is a tuff guy now like GUCCI now that he has a gun :smile:

  77. inteligento says:

    What about cackle-ology:
       /ˈkækəl/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [kak-uhl] Show IPA Pronunciation
    verb, -led, -ling, noun
    -verb (used without object)
    1. to utter a shrill, broken sound or cry, as of a hen.
    2. to laugh in a shrill, broken manner.
    3. to chatter noisily; prattle.
    -verb (used with object)
    4. to utter with cackles; express by cackling: They cackled their disapproval.
    5. the act or sound of cackling.
    6. chatter; idle talk.
    1175-1225; ME cakelen; c. D kakelen, LG kakeln, Sw kackla


    olâ‹…oâ‹…gy [ol-uh-jee]
    -noun, plural -gies. Informal or Facetious.
    any science or branch of knowledge.
    1795-1805; extracted from words like biology, geology where the element -logy is preceded by -o-; see -o- Unabridged (v 1.1)
    Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.
    Cite This Source
    ol·o·gy (ŏl’É™-jÄ“) Pronunciation Key
    n. pl. ol·o·gies Informal
    A branch of learning.

    [From -ology.]
    The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
    Copyright © 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
    Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

    an informal word (abstracted from words with this ending) for some unidentified branch of knowledge
    WordNet® 3.0, © 2006 by Princeton University.

  78. niteowl says:

    This lesson reminded me of David Letterman’s use of the “word” acrossed here in Indiana.

    It’s a hoosier thang. Yoos wouldn’t gets it.

  79. hot-dog-lincoln says:

    I really thought the way these people responded in their writing was a reflection of… attitude and lousy schooling… or poor nutrition. :razz:

    • greatestpotential says:

      Hey Honest Abe. I can say that in the United States of America there was a time, not so long ago, when teachers were allowed to apply a certain amount of discipline to their students “posterior” areas (wooden paddle). Some teachers to this very day call it “receiving a proper education”.

      • hot-dog-lincoln says:

        There was a book written by the sociologist and futurologist Alvin Toffler named Future Shock. In a nutshell, society/life is speeding up to an eventual collapse. The many things we value from all the “yesterdays” are disappearing ever so quickly and it is truly sad. :cry:

        I sorta wish we were back in the 50′s getting our asses paddled by Marina for chewing gum and flicking boogers at the nerd two rows over. :shock: :roll: :lol:

  80. amalgamation25 says:

    Hey Marina! I left a comment on your youtube channel, and i always wanted to know the origin of the word I use as my username – [amalgam], [amalgamated] or [amalgamation] I have always liked this word, and every variation of it, and I know the meaning (of course) but I would love for you to explain the origin of it. Thanks in advance.

    Yours truly, (waiting patiently)


  81. greatestpotential says:

    :grin: I suppose if a person wants to be politically incorrect a person can be grammarically incorrect also. The proof is in the pudding. John Waters knows bad taste so well that he made an art form out of that.

  82. the shaun says:

    Whoa there, Gorby! You were thinking what I was thinking!

    You missed, though. Those Google Ads are at the bottom of the video screen, shoot downwards!

    • the shaun says:

      As for some examples of Cacology, I use these types of lines in verbal speech (on purpose):

      Yes I is.

      That’s all I can think of. When typing online, such as chat rooms or IMs, I sometimes play on words for a joke, or to see if people will catch on, for example:

      “Yeah, I like them two.”
      This is a parody of people who use “2″ for “to/too/two”

      I also may purposely use the wrong “to” in a line, such as the above example also shows.

      • I do it and I know others do it by using just letters or number as words when IMing. The keys are so small and there are three or four letters per key on the key board that you make up things so you don’t have to hunt and peck so much.

      • Bob says:

        The trouble with using such parodies in an open forum is that too many people who don’t know better, whether from poor education or from learning English as a foreign language, will see your erroneous writings and think that they are correct usage. :sad:

  83. wheezy says:

    I would like to request the phrase [Rocky Mountain Oysters]

  84. Marina I just had a reminder about your 420 video. I am watching CSI Miami and the lead player on there asked a student if he was going to do a 420 outside on the grounds of the school and the student answered back about it being Hitlers birthday. So I guess your lessons do sink in and your teaching methods work very well. :wink:

  85. seesixcm6 says:

    Dear Marina,
    I hope you enjoy many examples of cacology. Here are a few from me:
    That cow’s opinion is a moot point.
    Shirley, if your left leg is Christmas and your right leg is New Year’s, can I visit you between the holidays?
    I laid my preposition before the Lady.
    In the old letters she had written, there were past participles.
    We must stamp out excessive postage prices.
    She is the best woman I’ve met to date.
    When he discovered the jewelry was fake, he came across the ruby con.
    Don’t talk in the rain, or you might get your muds wordled.
    The calendar’s days were numbered.
    She made headlines by sleeping on a corduroy pillow. :smile:

    As always, you are so beautiful in the video. Your hair is so clean and well-arranged. Your eyebrows and lips have perfect symetry. Your complexion is radiant. You’re so beautiful, you ought to be in motion pictures!

  86. bsomebody says:

    Concerning education these days – I very rarely use the referral system (principal’s office) in my classrooms, but last week I had little choice. It was the third day of the semester, and the students were taking their EOC pretest. One student fell asleep during the test. I woke him up three different times. Finally, I told him if he was that sleepy, he could stand up. His reply: “Cuz’ you buggin’ me. I’m trying to sleep here.” I laughed and said that was a real shame, but we had work to do. I gave him his choice between 1) waking up, and 2) come with me to the hall to finish the discussion. This cat just got up and left the room. It actually kinda pissed me off. :roll:

  87. pandion says:

    With just a few exceptions, I try to chat using correct grammar. “LOL” and “BRB”
    are the most common transgressions. It is a bit embarrassing when someone who speaks English as a second language corrects my grammar.
    :oops: Especially the ones I help with their English homework.

    I aint got no idear.

    I work in construction. If I let bad grammar bother me, I’d explode most days before lunch.

  88. smokey36bear says:

    Homework:I done did work hard today. My feet is hurting.

  89. leonard says:

    Done very well.

  90. poopernuckles187 says:

    [HIPPOPOTO­MONSTRO­SESQUIPED­AL­IAN] something pertaining to a really long word

  91. skiastrix says:

    I can’t stand all that “I can haz cheezburgers” typing. It’s absolutely horrible and people are already considering it a “language” *look of horror*.

    I remember when I first came online in 1997 people were saying that the Internet would rekindle our love of writing with email. Then L337 speak (which, I admit, I sometimes use) and SMS speak (which I refuse to) came along. Now I find that people are getting scarily lax with their language and generally sounding more uneducated much faster than we used to.

    Homework: The one piece of cacology I just cannot stand is using “alum” instead of Alumna/Alumnus/Alumni. At first it was just sloppy English and then I noticed the Entertainment shows started using it and now it’s become accepted in the US :shock: :mad: :evil:

    Aside: I hope you had fun in Vegas.

    Another Aside: I LOVE that you’re promoting Visual Thesaurus on your site Marina! I recommend it to every writer and student I know. :)

  92. nighteye says:

    Asking for cacologies…don’t be suprised if you get a cacophony. :wink:

    • Bob says:

      I don’t know if it’s true, but someone once told me that the Chinese pictogram for Happiness is derived from one woman in a house, that for Strife from two women in a house and that for cacophony from three women in a house.
      As someone who is married to a Thai lady, I can certainly vouch for the cacophony story.

  93. Fianchetto says:

    An appropriate aside:

    Has anyone else noticed the SPELLING CHECKER on TWITTER??


    • Hey Fianchetto, I have a spell checker on my computer so it works in all of the web sites and programs that I run. So no I haven’t noticed Twitters. Is it a problem or a great thing?

    • Didn’t know it had a spell checker. My Mac has a built in spell check that’s ok, but I use a Google tool bar on my bowser that does a damn good job. It blows me away how it can read my horrible spelling. I wish the Mac’s OS X had a better spell check for it does not need an internet connection to work. Also it continually check were as Google needs me to click on a button to start and stop it. I yet to find a suitable grammar checker. The one Marina suggested I found it very painful to use and weak in it’s canned suggestions.

      • You know Jack since I got this laptop I make more mistakes that I do with a regular keyboard. I don’t know if it’s the small configuration or my big fingers or the closeness of the keys to one another or that I am just not used to it yet. Yea Fire Foxes spell check is the heat. I love FF it’s not the memory hog like IE7 or now IE8 which I haven’t downloaded to this laptop yet. I did download IE 8 to my Gateway but is has a lot of ram and can handle the bigger programs. I never thought we would get past Windows 3.0. So simple on 2 megs of ram to run it. Now it’s a minimum of 2 or more gigs just to be able to properly run a program or two programs at the same time. :roll:

        • It’s the size of the keyboard. It takes some time to get use to. Some people bring a spare full side keyboard to use. It takes me about 30 days to get use to a keyboard.
          Firefox has a spell check? hum must be windows only program. I’m a big fan of FF also. Much better than safari. I do use safari for some sites that don’t work well with FF. I’m a bit curious of the future of browsers. Google’s chrome looks promising and so as Flock. I hear out preforms many common browsers.

  94. vshagios says:

    Although I do think you are young and beautiful, I really like the fact that your NOT an air headed blond. Keep using your mind, cause eventually, the beauty goes away from all of us.

  95. stigmatasaurus says:

    Just caught this on the second play, “viscous pronunciation.” Was that an intentional misspelling, playing on the cacologous comments? :wink:

  96. eljayf says:

    I would like to request the word [sidekick]. Thank you. :smile:

  97. stigmatasaurus says:

    :mrgreen: One of my favorite gripes!!!! What seems to be happening is the IM and text messaging habits of people are being allowed in other venues. Partly also due to lazy teachers who don’t grade for spelling.
    Some cacology can be permissable for comedic purposes. Look at Jeff Foxworthy and his Redneck Dictionary! “Ya didn’t bring yer wallet widjadidja?”
    And who can forget Ernest P. Worrell (the late Jim Varney), nowutameen, Verne?
    :?: just wondering, Marina, what happened to the video quality?

    • It’s not the teacher complete fault. Here in our county the school board passed a rule if the student wasn’t in spelling class then he didn’t have to spell correctly. If he was in science then the essay he turned in could not be graded for spelling. I don’t know what has gotten into our leaders today for coming up with ideas like that. Where are they getting their ideas from, retreats and seminars? When you and I were in school we had to spell and have a correct sentence structure or get a bad grade. I don’t know if our county followed other counties or other counties followed ours in implementing programs like this, to me they are teaching our children the wrong ways. :roll:

  98. Hey, I just noticed a new link at the top – PICS.
    I love pics!!! More por favor :smile:

  99. Marina if you think you had bad cacology on your YT site before, today will be the worst of the worst. :roll:

  100. CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

    Scold in Alaska. Nome sayin’? :lol:

    • It be snowd hear last week, now I be wearin cutoffs.

      • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

        Hey, have you seen this one yet? I count 13 stations not in Fayetteville Fire and EMD, but with administrative addresses of Fayetteville. Are they outside the city limits or do they share coverage within the city? What is Station 7′s address?

        • Even though the county stations are outside of the city limits they still have a Fayetteville address, but they are not in the city limits. The county and city stations have a mutual aide contract that we respond to them and they respond to us. It is best for all as it gives both the city and the county a better ISO rating which is what governs home owner and business fire insurance. The lower the number the better the rating. The city has a class 2 rating by being fully manned 24 hours a day while the county maintains a class 5 rating because of either being all volunteer or a combo station of paid and volunteer firefighters. The address to city station 7 is 301 Stacy Weaver Drive. They received the animal 02 masks about 2 years after I retired. Before then we would just give mouth to snout resuscitation. So the o2 masks are a life safer for the animals. We did not hesitate to give an animal who was over come with smoke the same treatment as a person. It’s someone loving pet and we did all we could to help save their lives.

    • If it be scold in Laska, lets go heat up the gov as she be chillin about now. :twisted:

  101. studypartners says:

    It is so annoying when people insist on using euphamisms and slang in forums that once demanded a higher standard. In central Florida, for example, the local television news stations have been reduced to the level of professionalism I recall in the CCTV studio of my junior highschool. With respect to the choice of language, grammatical errors abound. They also insist on emphasizing the wrong syllables in certain words like insurance. It’s pronounced inSURance, not INsurance.
    More annoying still is when allegedly reputable magazines like Newsweek use words like “dissed” as if they were in Webster’s Dictionary. Hey, slang is slang and local colloquialisms have their place as well, but there are valid reasons why journalism is losing credability more and more each day.

  102. cufan71 says:

    Whadup Hot4Wurders :!: :mrgreen: M dat leson was daBOMB :!: :grin:
    I get it 5 red thingys :!: :lol:

  103. bigbhd95 says:

    Great Video :smile: as always Dear Teacher :lol: :mrgreen: udderwize :twisted:
    ida hadda moiyder ya :shock: I am from Brooklyn ya gno :!: :oops:
    B.B. :cool:

  104. wetsuit5 says:

    This cured my “Bush” belly ache.

  105. Fianchetto says:

    I LUV IT!! I’ll come back later when i can stop laffin’ long enuff to do my homewerk. Thx fer the most fun vid I bin seen you do since [Bad Grammar!] :cool:

  106. Holy synchronicity! I was just texting a friend on my brand new spanking iPhone who was crying about a bad comment he received on his video. I looked at that comment and laughed it was so funny. I told him to check out the HotForWords Cacology video and look at what YT comments really can be like. Ouch!

  107. Fianchetto says:

    I LUV IT!! I’ll come back later when i can stop laffin’ long enuff to do my homewerk. Thx fer the most fun vid I bin seen you do since <a href=” “>[Bad Grammar!] :cool:

  108. marcuse says:

    but your greek words are kind of cacology!
    λογια (logia) is collection (in the church). The word you mean is λογος (logos).
    The other word is just misspelled. Correct is κακος (kakos).
    Your translations are right.

  109. perplexo says:

    Marina you take this jerks very well! I think you are great; intelligent, articulate and smart. Also you are very sweet, have big boobs and you know that it makes a difference. So you use all the blessings you have in a interesting and non-aggressive activity. I hope you the best!

  110. wetsuit5 says:

    Sorry Marina.

    I didn’t like this lesson.
    Just when my stomach was starting to settle.
    I was hoping Bush was just a bad 8 year nightmare.
    I guess he was a real embarassment after all.
    I think I need to go talk to the porcelain princess.

  111. orion_ss1 says:

    Most of the time when someone says ‘ ya know what I mean ‘ I actually don’t have a clue what they mean. It may be a local commercial, but there is one for a technical school that has the ‘testimonial’ from a purported graduate with some of the WORST English I’ve heard.

  112. EsKuise mee, wall ah whip dis out!
    Hey, hey, I’m talking about the towel for cleaning up my monitor for laughing so damn hard I blew Pepsi all over it. Remind me not to eat or drink while watching HotForWords videos. That was so funny Gorby shooting that guy in the ass. Ohhhh my gawd, I am still laughing. That is a great video lesson Marina!

  113. hs4mm says:

    What happens when Gorby sees this video — a video in which guns suddenly appear and go off in his paws?

  114. wetsuit5 says:

    Thank God Marina didn’t reiterate my cacologys.
    (My fingers were cold and couldn’t see what they were typing. I swear)

  115. loverofbeats says:

    hey Marina!! this is actually my first time on your website, i just registered because of one one single word that I couldn’t find the meaning to and origin of, the word is [дума] or [Duma - the Russian Parliament]. I’m assuming it comes from the word {думать} or {think}. A place where they sit and think haha. Am I right or am I wrong?!?! Please help!
    hopefully you’ll be able to read this comment because you have lots :)
    <3 maria

  116. Che Volay says:

    Gorby is listening to too much gangster rap & watching too much violence on TV.

    Curb his habits or he will grow up to be a “LDD” {Little Delinquent Dog }

  117. wetsuit5 says:

    Thank God we have a tilde Bush cacology in Obama.

  118. fatbuffalo says:

    I dun noe no caccalogee :mrgreen:
    This reminds me of that Bad Grammar video though

  119. wetsuit5 says:

    That done be did.

    Dah bestest pah be done when dah Gorbymister look-ed rite intah dah camera.

    Uh hun.

    Frankly, I’d just as soon let that chapter of our history fade away.

  120. bsomebody says:

    Would a potty-mouth be a cacaologister?

  121. fatbuffalo says:

    woah , 1st time i’ve ever got to comment so early

  122. Che Volay says:

    Guest you feel safe to make fun of Bush now that he is out of office.

    { Welcome to America }

  123. bsomebody says:

    Wow, Mike. It is just us again. We better be careful, or people may start talking.

  124. Home Work: Capman be the first to comment bout her vid.

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