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just another pointless correction.

Posted by on Mar. 22, 2014 at 9:09 AM
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Today, we're looking at the idiom 'backpedal'.

On this site, I've seen it used 3 ways:

'Backpedal', 'backpaddle', and 'back peddle.'


My pointless correction of the day is to clarify that when using this idiom, 'backpedal' is the correct term, and the only one cited in the dictionary as the act of retracting a statement. I don't know if it is just a spelling issue or if it is confusion about the words themselves, but peddle, pedal, and paddle are different words with different meanings.

The term 'backpedaling' is in reference to pedaling backward on a bike, hence the use of the words 'backing out of' a stance in its definition. Back-paddling is actually a word, but it references the backward motion of rowing a boat and isn't recognized in the same fashion. Peddling is trying to sell something, so contextually, there really is no proper way to even use the term 'backpeddling'.


So there it is. Feel free to add your own, correct any misinformation, or fix any grammar I may have missed or may not have used at all in this post.

by on Mar. 22, 2014 at 9:09 AM
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rfhsure
by beast mode on Mar. 22, 2014 at 9:12 AM
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Look! Over their! The grammar puhlice! Your screwed!
rfhsure
by beast mode on Mar. 22, 2014 at 9:15 AM
Peddling post bump.
Jinx-Troublex3
by Silver Member on Mar. 22, 2014 at 9:17 AM
Who gives a shit?
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Mar. 22, 2014 at 9:18 AM
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There*

You're*

Quoting rfhsure: Look! Over their! The grammar puhlice! Your screwed!
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Mar. 22, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Well, consider pedal is what you do on a bicycle, I have to say...duh.

And those of us who kayak might use backpaddle in the same fashion as it means the same thing...going backwards.

Maks1mommy
by Ruby Member on Mar. 22, 2014 at 9:19 AM
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I'm tripping on "Idea" and "Ideal" There's a girl on my facebook that has no idea what the difference between them is.... Driving me batty.

inspain
by Platinum Member on Mar. 22, 2014 at 9:20 AM
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I love you.  

Now do one on the difference between "an" and "and".  Mention how they are not freaking interchangeable.  Ever.  

Hugs.

rfhsure
by beast mode on Mar. 22, 2014 at 9:21 AM
:)

Quoting Anonymous: There*

You're*

Quoting rfhsure: Look! Over their! The grammar puhlice! Your screwed!
Delila12
by Gold Member on Mar. 22, 2014 at 9:21 AM
Lol
inspain
by Platinum Member on Mar. 22, 2014 at 9:22 AM
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People who know the difference and who don't want to look back and feel like Idiocracy was a documentary.

Quoting Jinx-Troublex3: Who gives a shit?


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