Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Today's gripe

Some people have a tendency to try to make what they say seem more important by making singular words plural. Instead of saying, for instance, that a child's behavior is bad, that child exhibits bad behaviors.

The one that puts polliwogs in my pants, however, is monies. You know, "invest your monies in these funds." I don't know about you, but I have only one kind of money to invest, and it's American. I don't have any bundles of British pounds or euros or Czech crowns to invest. Just plain old American money. But it's monies you hear about more and more, and before long you'll be hearing expressions like: "monies don't grow on trees"; "put your monies where your mouth is"; and "monies talk."

5 comments:

Ellipses said...

Or how about the "Monied class"...

Like they were birthed through an ATM slot...

-ellipses... has no monies :(

... said...

Is there not more than one kind of money?????

(And I'm not talking dollars and cents....)

Or different currency.

Could it be that I have bill money, play money, retirement money, O/R subscription money, emergency fund money, etc. etc. etc.

All of these monies have to be invested, stored, manipulated, watched, etc. etc. etc.

Perhaps the plurality of it references the multiple classifications of money.

Just a thought....

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Anonymous said...

You did not mention it, but everyone knows, "Monies Can't Buy You Love"

Or, "Your Cashes Ain't Nothin' But Trash"

Captain said...

Good point.....i never thought of that perspective. considering i use "monies" often.....

I recall hearing nieces/nephews often refer to multiple coins as "monies" --

Anonymous said...

Money is a collective noun. If you say "all your money," you are talking about every kind you have, foreign, coin, currency, counterfeit or play.