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Chris -- 2015-05-30
On my Yahoo listserve today:
“We have an occasional troll that posts something darn right rude/mean/inappropriate (likely to get a rise out of folks to watch the reaction—so ignoring them is often the best solution). When we see a darn right rude/mean/inappropriate email, that person’s posts no longer make it to the list until a moderator reads and approves the post. This is one of the reasons we can stay lightly moderated.
If you see a darn right rude/mean/inappropriate post ”
I found 970 Google hits for this one, just using the “rude” noun.
752 for “darn right scary”
387 for “darn right nasty”
68 for “darn right offensive”
71 for “darn right frustrating”
54 for “darn right expensive”
It makes sense; who uses “downright” anymore, and what does the “down” have to do with it? Yet we all understand (and use) “darned scary” or “darn scary” (if you’re lazy)
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oops, I’m sorry—I see it’s already in the database. It was just new to ME!
I ran across another darn right hit and thought to reanimate this great eggcorn, with a couple of simblings.
are you pretty or darn right ugly?
Downride... A blend of downgrade and deride, maybe.
In the last 2 months I have noted an increase in what some call debunkers which has culminated in a lack of courtesy and downride rudeness in the posts
Give me a break. That’s just downride ignorant.
Gee, Les. When put through the Les-Spin-O-matic, they sound downride dastardly don’t they.
the storylines are just downride ridiculous sometime I facepalm.jpeg some of the main storyline there
Philippine wrestling forum
the game’s optional “shiny trinkets” are, for lack of a better term, bitch-hard. One in particular is downride mental
The dance was scandalous at the time due to its close embrace and erotic downride sexual expression.
Downwrite... written down, attested, or sometimes, written off?
JUST PLAIN DOWNWRITE BEAUTIFUL UNICORNS
very Thursday night in the Chronicle there are up to 900 vacancies, am i to think that geordies are to thick for to take up these jobs or just downwrite lazy.
UK employment forum
Never understood peoples’ dislike of dandelions either. What other”weed” looks pretty, is fun to play with, and is downwrite tasty too
I’d say the “downwrite” examples are just a result of a spelling defense mechanisms. Use “right” for direction, and any other time the sound “rite” is heard, overcorrect and use “write”. Plus including that tricky silent W makes one look more edumacated!
Elizabeth Gilbert’s world is different from Wallace’s, no doubt, but not because it is lacking the anxiety, depression, and downwright sadness that Wallace saw.
All Things Shining, p. 27.
Downmaking sadness is outwright logical.
“Downright” is at least 800 years old.