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« on: August 18, 2008 01:42:44 PM »

I have always thought that embroidery is a noun, and embroider is its related verb. I have looked it up online, and I found nothing to the contrary. However, since I have started doing it, I have heard and read a LOT of people say things like "I don't know how to embroidery" or "that is embroideried" or "I will embroidery that." Am I missing something? I'm not trying to criticize people for improper grammar, it's just that it sounds so awkward to me that I keep thinking they must be doing it on purpose and maybe they know something I don't.
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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2008 01:50:37 PM »

You're right.  The people you heard those other words from are silly.

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No results found for embroideried.
Did you mean embroidered (in dictionary) or Embroidered (in encyclopedia)?
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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2008 07:25:01 PM »

Thank god! If there was such a word as embroideried, or, (gasp) embroiderying, I was going to seriously lose faith in the English language.

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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2008 07:53:38 PM »

 Embroideried is a mouthful (now I'm paranoid and have to check mouthful....)
Never really noticed anyone using embroidery or embroidered that way.
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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2008 04:54:31 AM »

I think people are either confused, making unintentionally funny typos or are unfamiliar with using the terms. Embroidery isn't a common subject for most people (gasp! The horror). Also remember that English is made up of numerous disparate languages and even native speakers have trouble with grammar!

"I don't know how to [DO] embroidery"
"that is embroideried"
"I will embroidery that."

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