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Grammar Peeve?

I think I've got a grammar peeve -- the phrase "in agreement." I hear that phrase all the time, and it always sounds wrong to me. It seems like a day doesn't go by without me hearing someone say something like "OK, now that we're all in agreement, we can move forward." Why, oh why, can't they say "OK, now that we all agree, we can move forward" instead?

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knight_paladin
Jul. 25th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
I thought it was "For all intents and purposes", which makes more sense... maybe?
yarbiedoll
Jul. 25th, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC)
Me. too.
yarbiedoll
Jul. 25th, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
Drat! That period was supposed to be a comma!
christtrekker
Jul. 25th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
You could have deleted the post and tried again. ☺
yarbiedoll
Jul. 25th, 2006 04:41 pm (UTC)
Sure, but I thought my typo was funny, considering the nature of the post. :)
meep
Jul. 25th, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC)
I think this isn't a grammar peeve, but a stylistic peeve.

This is similar to using the word "utilize" instead of utilizing the word "use". They're both correct grammatically, but one is just multipying syllables unnecessarily (or for pomposity's sake).

(hee hee)
drmellow
Jul. 25th, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)
I was afraid it might be correct grammar, even though it is grating.

It's still a peeve, though.
fettman
Jul. 25th, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
I think we're all in agreement that it peeves you.
kateshort
Jul. 25th, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC)
You're just *trying* to make him not-mellow, aren't you? :P
drmellow
Jul. 25th, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
He's sneaky that way.
drmellow
Jul. 25th, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
ARRGH!!!
yarbiedoll
Jul. 25th, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
Opening a new can of worms...
I agree. I don't think that's incorrect usage. Technically, it translates to "existing in a state of agreement".

Uh-oh. I just realized I've made myself a candidate for a potential lecture on the use of British parentheses! *cowers*
christtrekker
Jul. 25th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Opening a new can of worms...
British parentheses? Are those the ones with the funny accents?
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kateshort
Jul. 25th, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
Re: British Parentheses
Paurentheses?
elcuervonegro
Jul. 25th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
Personally I think the world over should drop the phrase 'in agreement' and replace it 'of an accord'.

It's way cooler to say, "As we are now all of an accord, we can move for'ard. Arrr!"
drmellow
Jul. 25th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
I could get behind that one!
kateshort
Jul. 25th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
Of An Accord. Sounds like a Honda gave birth to me or something...
(Anonymous)
Jul. 26th, 2006 03:21 am (UTC)
The word "agree" is a verb. To say that "we all agree" means that we have just entered into the state of "in agreement". So, "we all agree" implies immediacy, where "in agreement" simply specifies a state, and not how you got there.

Shall I make something else up for you?

Personally, I like simpler words.
sidelobe
Jul. 26th, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)
D'OH. That was me.
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