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The Commonly-Use Term “Pastime” & Why It Is Not Correct

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This incorrectly used and understood term is a perfect example of one which has changed over time because of people not thinking about the words & terms that they are using.
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In this case — it is the spelling and the grammatical classification that has changed.  First of all — in the way that the incorrect term “Pastime”, this would be classified as an “Abstract Noun”:
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“Although incredibly annoying — taking selfies has become a very popular pastime for many of the mindless masses of sheeple”

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However is should not be this way.  The term SHOULD be (and in The Common Tongue, it IS) a Hyphenated Phrasal-Adjective — used to describe the word “Activities” (this is the most Common Collocation.  However, it could be used to describe other things.  The point is, it can not stand on it’s own because the term in NOT a Noun).

 

The Proper Term “Pass-Time Activities”

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The reason that the commonly-used phrase above is NOT correct is because it is not used to describe activities that were done in “The Past” (like “past time → “pastime”), as the spelling & the pronunciation imply.  In-fact — it is probably the pronunciation, and not the spelling, which is to blame for this common false conception of the term.
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Instead — the term is used to describe activities that we do to “pass the time”;  leisure-time activities.  Therefore — the term SHOULD be spelled “pass-time” and (as already stated) should always be used in this way:
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“Unfortunately — there are a great many “pass-time activities” that people engage in these days, which are a complete waste of their Time & Energy.  It would be better for them to simply sit and do nothing.”

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