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    Iím worried about voters screwing up

    Does "Iím worried about voters screwing up" mean "Iím worried about voters making mistakes"?

    Dictionaries point out that "screw up" means "mess up or make a big mistake". Hence the thread.

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    ĎIím worried about voters screwing up.í Election scientist tackles 2020 U.S. vote

    As the November U.S. election approaches, anxiety is running high. There are fears of Russian meddling, breakdowns in the U.S. mail system, intense partisan rancor, voter suppression, fraud, and the logistics of enabling people to safely vote in the midst of a deadly pandemic.

    Source: Science Sep.18, 2020
    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020...s-2020-us-vote

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    Re: Iím worried about voters screwing up

    Yes.

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    Re: Iím worried about voters screwing up

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Yes.
    Does "screwing up" sound informal and folkish while "making mistakes" sounds formal and bookish?

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    Re: Iím worried about voters screwing up

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    Does "screwing up" sound informal and folkish while "making mistakes" sounds formal and bookish?
    Making mistakes is normal and natural. It is not at all 'bookish'.
    Last edited by Piscean; 20-Sep-2020 at 12:20. Reason: typos
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    Re: Iím worried about voters screwing up

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Making mistakes idsnormal and natural. It is not at all 'bookish'.
    ...is normal and natural...?

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    Re: Iím worried about voters screwing up

    Yes. Typos are unfortunatelu normal and narutal for me as I grow incraesingly seline.


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    Re: Iím worried about voters screwing up

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    Does "Iím worried about voters screwing up" mean "Iím worried about voters making mistakes"?

    Dictionaries point out that "screw up" means "mess up or make a big mistake". Hence the thread.
    What did you think "screwing up" might have meant? The dictionary provided the answer.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Iím worried about voters screwing up

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    What did you think "screwing up" might have meant? The dictionary provided the answer.
    Dictionaries are bookish and the word "screw" could be misleadingly coarse and vulgarized:

    Screw up: This slangy expression, which some think is a euphemism for the much ruder to fuck up, dates from the 1940s, the period of World War II, and may well have originated in the armed forces.
    Hence the thread.

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    Re: Iím worried about voters screwing up

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    Dictionaries are bookish
    I don't really know what you mean by that. most Modern dictionaries define words as they are seen/heard to be used,
    and the word "screw" could be misleadingly coarse and vulgarized
    The expression is certainly informal, as most dictionaries note. If it were coarse/vulgar, the dictionaries would note that too. The six dictionaries I looked at at www.onelook.com did not.
    Screw up: This slangy expression, which some think is a euphemism for the much ruder to fuck up, dates from the 1940s, the period of World War II, and may well have originated in the armed forces.
    That note, from The Dictionary of Clichťs by Christine Ammer, is about the possible origin of the expression, not about the way it is used now.
    Last edited by Piscean; 20-Sep-2020 at 12:51.
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    Re: Iím worried about voters screwing up

    It sounds a bit elitist to me- voters vote. Suggesting they screw up means they vote in a way you don't want.

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