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grammar police pet peeve :-(

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I read a lot of blogs, both on SparkPeople and off, and I am very grateful for easy access to other people's wisdom and experience. But I just have to say it sets my teeth on edge when bloggers talk about having to "reign" in their eating. Reign refers to monarchs and their rule. The word they're looking for is "rein" in, as in using the reins of a horse to stop or control it. And it is interesting to me that I have seen this with bloggers who I consider to be polished, professional-level writers. I just don't think there's an appropriate way for me to point this out to them - perhaps if I were personal friends, but I'm not. So I take the easy frustrated-reader's way out and post it on my own blog page!

Please, everybody, when you see I've made a grammatical error, tell me. Somebody has to, since Buddy (the Chief of the Grammar Police!) is away at college and doesn't read this blog :-)
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  • v EMMACLAIRE5
    "Loose" and "lose", that's another one I'd forgotten - or just desensitized myself about. And it's one often seen on weight-loss blogs as well. Granted, there are parts of me that are loose that I'd LOVE to lose, but, c'mon, people!


    1198 days ago
  • v AUNTWILLIE
    It drives me nuts when people say "alot." Which they do a lot.
    1198 days ago
  • v AWOLF24
    LOL Don't even get me started on "loose" vs. "lose" around here!

    Signed,
    Fellow Grammar Policewoman
    1198 days ago
  • v CATHYLC
    The one that bothers me is using "loose" when it should be "lose" in reference to weight loss. Drives me nuts!!!
    1198 days ago
  • v TAWDRYELEPHANT
    Whoah... I'm a professional writer/editor, but as soon as you wrote that I realized I've made that mistake before too. You're reigning on my parade here. ;)
    1198 days ago
  • v CREEKLADY1
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    1198 days ago
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