Audio Cliche Usage Guide

To help all those in need, I propose the Audiogon Audio Cliche Usage Guide.

Audio Cliche #1 - "My lost is your gain". Correct usage, "My loss is your gain".

Lost means missing, or no longer possessed. If you still own the unit, then you still possess the unit, and it is not lost.

Loss refers to the decrease in the amount of money resulting from re-selling the item at a lower price on Audiogon.

Audio Cliche #2 - "I sold all my gears." Correct usage, "I sold all my gear."

Gears refers to several multi-toothed wheels used in motors and machinery.

Gear is a collective term that means all the components that comprise a an audio system.

Your turn...
Never to forget "Power Chord" - hint guys - that's the way a Boston tune starts, it's not the thing you plug into the wall - that's a cord.

Then of course there's "look at my add" - guys, add is arithmetic, an ad, is what you put on AGon - you know - a contraction of advertisement.
"If your reading this ad you already know..."

Two problems:

Problem #1 - Minor. The word is "you're" (you are) not "your" (possessive). Considered a minor problem because we all make that mistake once in awhile.

Problem #2 - Major. The statement itself is absurd on its face. I personally have a minor obsession with reading ads about stuff I've never heard of. That gets complicated, as well, when the text of the ad reads something like, "The Sonic Frenzy LB-RF Mark IV is the last one you'll ever buy." Last what? Is it a power cord, a preamp, a volume knob demagnetizer? What?
Audio Cliche #3 - "I propose the Audiogon Audio Cliche Usage Guide". Correct usage, "I propose the Audiogon Audio Malapropism Usage Guide".

Cliche means a trite phrase or expression.

A Malapropism is the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar.

Heh...not meant as an attack, just thought it was funny!
Those aren't cliche's really. I'm sorry if this is too PC, but I often give the seller the benefit of the doubt that perhaps English isn't his first language hence small errors like those you mention. As cliche's go though, my favorite has to be, "Everyone agress that this version is better than the newer upgraded version." Now I'm sure that may sometimes be the case, but sellers would have you believe that it's always the case!
03-02-06: Jond
Those aren't cliche's really. I'm sorry if this is too PC, but I often give the seller the benefit of the doubt that perhaps English isn't his first language hence small errors like those you mention.
Hence the Usage Guide.

Let's call them worn phrases.

"I heard things I never heard before from my favorite recordings."
Audio Cliche - "I listened to my entire CD collection over again when I got my new....."

Correct usage: We all know there are CD's in your collection that you will never play a second time regardless of how good your system sounds.

03-02-06: Mimberman
Audio Cliche #3 - "I propose the Audiogon Audio Cliche Usage Guide". Correct usage, "I propose the Audiogon Audio Malapropism Usage Guide".
I like it!

However, perhaps these are really Malapropped cliches?

I would suggest the phrase, "My loss is your gain", is a overused, or trite phrase. Therefore, "My lost is your gain", is a malaprop contained in a cliche...

Thanks everyone for taking this thread with the humor in which it was intended!

"Each new thread is better than the next". Which, of course means each successive thread is worse than the one before. A version of one of my favorite misused cliches of all time. "Each more beautiful than the last."
Hey voted for him!
it allowed my to see into the music.
Most of the comments above refer to spelling errors, not cliches. But while we're at it, let's refer to lower frequency sound as bass, not base. To get this discussion back on topic, a few tired, often meaningless expressions come to mind:

"lifted a veil"
"on a whole new level" (which could mean a lower level!)
"jaw dropping"
"blew the (other component) away"
For Sale: (Insert make and model) 'NUFF SAID!!!

Correct Usage: For Sale (Insert make and model) describe condition, its age, from whence it came (original or subsequent owner), warranty remaining, service history, upgrade history, third party mods, any damage or otherwise something that will warn you of potential problems, the environment it resided in, accessories included (or not), and it's spelled e-n-o-u-g-h. And please don't scream!!!
This thread should be called What English Majors do in their spare time. (from an old english major hisself).
the result of almost all tweeks: "wider and deeper"
Essentialaudio: I did the "base" thing in a review I posted.

Mimberman: Is a malapropism the same thing as a solecism, or a subset thereof, or neither?

Audio cliche that I don't think I completely understand:
"I heard more air around the instruments."

What the heck does THAT mean?
"As New, lightly used in second system"

"NEW, only tested and taken out of the box for pictures"

"Minor scratch on front and small ding on top with minor imperfections elsewhere. Otherwise in perfect condition."

"Will post pictures tomarrow"

"Very musical"
For all flavours above:

Excessive use of hyphenation including, but not limited to, the plural -- as in "my amplifier's" (meaning my amplifiers), etc.

"Ruthlessly revealing". Wow. Hardly s/one or s/thing you want to meet in a dark alley at night, with its lights off. Also implies no communication nor interpersonal skills.

Also, the reference to the "non-expert" opinion
" (cat/spouse/dog/bat/1yr old...), obviously not an audiophool, (keeled over/picked jaw off the floor/was flabbergasted/was speechless)....(ad lib)"

While we're at it: "...I was speechless..." (but managed to write 6000 quick words for the review).
The difference is not subtle (no, it is non-existent!). :-)
Grant, this thread has me laughing hysterically!
There's a lot of talk about "dampening" various stereo components. The methods described sound like so much trouble... I just decided to keep a spray bottle near my equipment rack and give my gear a nice misting every week, while I'm watering the house plants. I seem to be replacing tubes more frequently now, but overall, it's an easy approach.
Jayboard, the use of the word "dampen" to describe reducing vibration in audio components drove me nuts until I looked it up in Webster's.

dampen (vb) dampening (vt): 1. to check or diminish the activity of: deaden, 2. to diminish progressively in vibration or oscillation.

I always thought the proper word was "damping", but Mr. Webster says otherwise.

Who knew?
In response to your question, Mdhoover: a solecism can mean almost any kind of mistake, but is most accurately used when referring to a grammatical aberrance.

Holy crap I'm a dork (he says sitting across from a rack of equipment oozing with shiny lights and numerous buttons).
Was Norm Crosby the King of Solecisms?
Tvad, Holy vibrations! I did not know that! My spirit is dampened. I am turning my spray bottle on myself as we speak.

It looks like "damp" and "dampen" are pretty interchangeable. Here's the American Heritage dictionary on "damp."
TRANSITIVE VERB: Inflected forms: damped, dampĀ·ing, damps
1. To make damp or moist; moisten. 2. To extinguish (a fire, for example) by cutting off air. 3. To restrain or check; discourage. 4. Music To slow or stop the vibrations of (the strings of a keyboard instrument) with a damper. 5. Physics To decrease the amplitude of (an oscillating system).

Well, one less thing in this world to annoy me. That's a good thing.
I plead guilty! I recently e-mailed someone appologizing for not doing so sooner because "things were hective". HECTIVE? What the hell was I talking about? Perhaps I was subconsiously proving a point. Nah, I'm just an idiot sometimes.
Hective. I like it.

It was hectic and you were extremely active...hence things were hective. A word is born. Beautiful.

Your lost was their gain.
I especially like it when after one "burns" in a piece of equipment assuming your house didn't burn down with it, that the sound bloomed. In all these years, I haven't gotten a single blossom out of my stuff.
Secondly, will some stop the guy selling those CDs that they are not "Rared". Is this some way of trying to say they have become rare buy an action taken by others that we were previously unaware of?
My usage of the language cannot be faultered, I'm only a novelist at the writing game, and my day job is quite hective.
one of the more poetic cliches: bass is tighter than a bull's rectum
The "wife walked in" story. As the story goes, she remarked instantly about the wonderful effect of the tweek you just installed without her knowledge.

I think that the "bleeding ears" cliche for bad sound has worn itself out. How about a "my dog ran out of the house howling" story to take its place.