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The one that grates on me most is when someone constantly interjects "you know" several times in a sentence.

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The big ones for me are mixing up loose and lose, and bear and bare.



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There are a few tendencies I've heard in speech that annoy me. One is peppering - and weakening - sentences with fillers such as "sort of" and "kind of." Another is a habit many women unfortunately embrace, which is ending sentences with what's often been termed "vocal creak" or "vocal croak." Those who engage in it force their voices way down toward the end of a sentence.



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I promise you that I am not perfect at using grammar correctly. But I do have a few pet peeves.

The one pet peeve that gets me the most is the improper use of these words: Then and Than.

For example: "We went to the store, THAN we went home."
Which should read: "We went to the store, THEN we went home."




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I am a grammar fan, and physically cringe at the misuse of there, they're, their and your, you're, as well as a multitude of other common errors. That being said, I think it's important to understand that a number of discrepancies exist in the educational opportunities of our country, and, more simply, some people just don't have an aptitude for grammar, spelling, or punctuation rules.

What matters is our willingness and ability to communicate - I've worked hard to get past the cringe stage of poor grammar and to focus more on actively "receiving" the message.



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Sometimes we need to relax! Forget looking for all the mistakes....and enjoy the friendships...life is too short! I understand where you are coming from, but we are not coming here to be scrutinized, we are here to find friendship and to reach our weight loss goals together, through anything and everything that arises. Please, feel free to join us. This is a place to be.....that's it....case closed!

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Misuse of reflexive pronouns: I'm fine--and yourself?"

Drives me nuts!

Should be: "I'm fine--and you?"



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they're, there, their... emoticon emoticon

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Replacing while with whilst, as if Shakespeare were still alive.

Potter

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Incorrect uses of your, you're, there, their and they're, along w/ people spelling y'all as ya'll or you'll.

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Using there & their incorrectly or your & you're.

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when adults talk baby talk to other adults

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I WILL reach my GOAL!
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It's espresso, not EXpresso!

"Optimism is an act of bravery."

"Choices, not sacrifices."


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when people use the word advice instead of advise.....stop it!

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I cringe when I hear people on their phones saying "where you at?"

"Optimism is an act of bravery."

"Choices, not sacrifices."


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My ex husband used poor grammar, including "I seen that". I broke my own rule about dating/marrying someone who had a basic grasp of the English language. Thankfully, I am rid of him now. emoticon





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8/11/14 10:59 A

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Inserting the word "Like" 5 words.

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On this site when people use the word "loose" for "lose" weight.

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8/11/14 8:28 A

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the use of you know again and again

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Now that spell check has been around for a while, spelling is just getting more atrocious. I say this, of course, as the guy who struggled on every spelling test in elementary school. :)
A few years ago (back when I was a retail manager), there was an incident at my store and an employee had to fill out a write up about what happened. It was like trying to read hieroglyphics. But that's just the way it is now in the spell check age.

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I was reading through my email a while ago, and a thing came up which has irked me for a long time: the misuse of "diplomat" for "diplomate". My career was in a medical field, and there have been many instances when a speaker or author was credited with membership in some professsional group. Those people are *diplomates* - meaning they hold a diploma or some other credential. Somewhere along the line, someone decided that "diplomat" is an equivalent term. The sad part of this is that the individuals guilty of this misuse are educated people - professionals, even. They should know better! Why don't they know better? They've endured many years of higher education! ack

Another one is the misuse of "except" for "accept". Yes, it sounds mostly alike (if you're not scrupulous about your pronunciation).... but the terms are closer to being opposite in meaning than similar. I think some of that comes from (perhaps?) education no longer requiring skill in essay-writing. Sure, I hated those things too. But it seems to me that conversation and text-speak (such as what we get now via computers) is seriously eroding whatever grammatical excellence...or even competency, that we ever had.

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My wife is an editor and I annoy her by ending my sentences with a preposition.

Edited by: ELEMENTS22 at: 8/11/2014 (18:47)




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babydaddy or babymomma instead of baby's daddy or momma. ax instead of ask.

Moderation is the key. avoid excess.


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Or how about when people say K and U when they are posting on something other than a text message

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Eat what you like and if someone comments, eat them too

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With you all the way on the misuse of "loose," LIFENPROGRESS!



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the word "countless" and things like that when used for things that are very countable.

i especially hate it when used by newscasters.

it's fine if you are talking about stars or something truly difficult to count but when someone says "they have had countless meetings over the last 2 years"... well that is very countable!

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Slang words....such as "cornder" for "corner", "sangwich" for "sandwich" and "next store" for "next door"


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There are some of us that didn't get a good education and have a hard time with spelling words or the meaning of words and I do use a dictionary a lot but sometimes I don't have it with me.

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My biggest issue is with the misuse of the term LOOSE when discussing weight.

You LOSE (be deprived of or cease to have or retain) WEIGHT, your CLOTHES are LOOSE (not firmly or tightly fixed in place; detached or able to be detached).

You are not "loosing" weight. You are LOSING weight.

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Not really peeves because I am long past the place in life where I judge others for making errors, since I've made so many myself, but I massively dislike:

The use of "loose weight" instead of "lose weight;" the misuse of the apostrophe in "it's" & "its" (it's means "it is;" its with no apostrophe is the possessive of "it").

I dislike the use of "K" as a response to a text, but that is a style thing and not a grammar error.

I am guilty of using "u" in texts instead of "you." That's also a style thing to save data but I hate it, even as I do it lol.

Lol, is a (dated) bad style thingie that I am also guilty of; probably will keep on doing that as I sort of like it.

Edited by: EMPRESSAMQ at: 8/3/2014 (13:22)
Moving in new directions.


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I don't like it when someone is on Twitter and they use abbreviations even though there are enough characters for what they want to say.

Or when you text someone and they respond with K

Hello to the Pittsburg folks on this thread. It must be because youse guys are so close to Balmer (Baltimore) People from Baltimore can fracture the English language. And do a smash up job of it, LOL

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I have so many- my husband is from Pittsburgh and his family doesn't use the verb to be. They say the car needs washed- I say the car needs to be washed.

I also hate when people confused nodding the head and shaking the head. They do not mean the same thing!!!!!!

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The overuse (misuse) of 'myself' when 'me' or 'I' works just fine.

People who talk about being bored - are boring.

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It's funny. A co-worker of mine gets on my case because I like using the phrase, ball park estimate instead of say a rough estimate. He's complained that it's poor English. I've said it's colloquial American. lol.



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Thanks, CAMEOSUN, for reiterating the lose-vs-loose (an error which I encounter frequently and repetitively here, since most of us are trying to LOSE weight). I started another thread not too long ago about that very thing, and because some other members piped in and evidently didn't like it - perhaps they don't know the difference and use the wrong word? - the entire thread was deleted. Is this *MY* fault? how about asking the dissenters to tone it down instead? well... no. SP decided it was my fault for "starting something". Hopefully this thread will continue to stand!

Others have mentioned the misuse of "site" for "cite", possessives instead of plurals, and those incomprehensible run-on sentences with no punctuation or capitalization. They all give me a tic, also.

The sad thing is that, at least with normal word processors, there IS a grammar checker. Why do people prefer not to use them? they will (occasionally) use their spell-checkers. So what's the deal with the grammar? Maybe they can't figure out which option to choose when the checker pops up a possible error. I don't know. But spell checkers will not correct grammar errors - if it's a word, a spell checker will pass on it, whether its usage is correct or not.

It really makes the speaker/writer look horrifically ignorant, uncaring, or just stupid. I hate to say that... I don't want to believe the "average shmo" (?) has so little self-respect. But what's the alternative?

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who or whom....DH always corrects me

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I get annoyed by pretty much all of them, but especially using apostrophes to denote plurals. It's like third grade grammar, it should be dilled into you by the time you're an adult. And it's not just an accident from bad typing, people do it on purpose thinking it's right.
It's also becoming so commonplace I've seen it in books, in magazines, on the closed captioning on the TV, this is basic grammar editors should be catching. Grrrr.
Also people who use "and I" when they should be using "and me." This one gets me b/c I know people think they sound smarter using "and I" when in fact it's the opposite. The rule is so simple too, take out the other person. You wouldn't say "these are pictures of I" (this is the context I see the most often) you say "pictures of me" so why are you saying "pictures or my kids and I??????"
Yes, this is a heated thing for me. It's a symbol of our crumbling educational system and how no one seems to care about it. I've gently corrected friends when they've done it and they say "who cares it's just the internet." And I shake my head, First it's just the internet, then it's the downfall of western civilization ;) But in reality, it's that apathy that perpetuates it and prevents people from striving to be better.

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When people say pitcher when referring to pictures.



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When in the middle of a sentence the word "like" comes out.

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A few of my peeves:
sit, sat, set. You sit down or you sat down. You set your glass on the table.

You instead of your. This is a typo I find in my own writing and it makes me crazy.
Thank you for you help.....grrrr makes me crazy when I do stuff like that.



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People who misuse pronouns as in, "Her and me went to the store" for "She and I."

Writing (or saying) "The gift was for her and I" instead of "for her and me." ("Me" is the object of a preposition, "for".)

People who pepper their speech with the useless filler, "like," as in, "We were, like, amazed that they were, like, not there."

Saying "DID-dent" for "didn't"

Leaving the final "t" off of such words as "it," "isn't," "court," etc., as a speech affectation.

Edited by: CIRANDELLA at: 8/5/2013 (17:37)
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I often see the word "voila" spelled "wala" or "wallah". (Yes, I also understand it should have an accent mark, but I don't know how on my tablet.) I heard my seven-year-old daughter say it with a *w* sound recently, and made sure to correct her. She now knows to pronounce it and to spell it with a *v*. Hopefully she will thank me one day.



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this one really gets me,.(just for the record I have a major elbow injury, so typing with one finger) people using and for an. eg.. I want and apple. It is 'I want AN apple.. I don't even classify that as grammar or spelling errors. Just a dumb one. READ IT; The sentence doesn't make any sense. I would like an estimation. NOT I would like and estimation. Does not make any sense. Dumb people realllllll dumb

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a lot... (drives me nuts when I read "alot")

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I transcribe and edit for a living, so this drives me crazy. Last week our local newspapaer had a headline that read:

Fire chief urges boycott of Florida businesses
Sites Zimmerman verdict as reason

Apparently neither the reporter nor the editor understand homophones.

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Try living with an editor, I just avoid talking.





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Dyslexia: Symptoms . Difficulty spelling unfamiliar words.•Forgetting how to spell simple or short words.•Making syntactical errors such as ‘I driv over to your house’, rather than ‘I drove over to your house’.Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival. -René DuBos

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I feel your pain, and have nightmares about grammar confrontations of my own; but those dreams never turn out well. I hope your post has made a difference. You have, at least, reminded us, that using good grammar, is only good manners. emoticon

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The use of apostrophe s ('s) instead of s for plural -
When people don't know when to use "...and I" or "...and me"




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just not a big fan of swearing

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When someone says "I could care less" when they really mean "I couldn't care less"

If you COULD care less, that means you care about (subject)

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Loose = "Let it go - - let loose."


Lose = When you can't find it - - "I will lose some pounds this week." emoticon


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Agreed. Eats shots and leaves is hilarious. Who thought a book about the lowly "comma" could be so entertaining.

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I am an elementary teacher and I have the same issue as an earlier poster. I spend hours each week correcting spelling and grammar errors and reviewing these lessons over and over. Yet in May I will still see the same kids using the same poor grammar. It is very frustrating.

My biggest pet peeve is when people email or write "your welcome" instead of using you're!! I see that all the time with adults.



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I, too, recommend the book "Eats, Shoots & Leaves". It will crack you up!



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I believe that using proper grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and syntax is essential to presenting the correct image. I am an English major and teacher and find nothing more frustrating and disheartening than an email or letter that I cannot read or understand because of the lack of the above things. You should take pride in what you present and know that what you present illustrates to others how important and valuable you think your thoughts are. Putting something out there filled with mistakes only tells others that either you don't care or you don't know any better, and I would never want anyone to think either of those things about me or my contributions. Take pride and take the time to do it right. Make your teachers proud.

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I work for a company who has a few motivational sentences that run across the computer screens when they are inactive, like a slideshow. Anyway, there are no capital letters and minimal punctuation. It looks like someone who is not very bright texted it. It drives me nuts. Not very professional.

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What about the ones who start a conversation with "So..." What's *that* about?!? When did I miss the update that beginning a conversation in the middle is appropriate?


Exocet - I am guilty of this one. I also sometimes start a sentence with "Well," Now when I do these things in the future I will think of your post, and eventually might break myself of this habit!

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Near-miss??? If you nearly missed it you HIT the $#@^%$^ thing!

The best cure for stressing is to count your blessings...and a long walk won't hurt either!

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I love language, too. I find nothing despicable about the OP's commentary. Incorrect usage leaves me a bit twitchy, too!

Textspeak. Urgh.

What about the ones who start a conversation with "So..." What's *that* about?!? When did I miss the update that beginning a conversation in the middle is appropriate?

Repetitive words seem to dismay some folks, too ("I want to go too school...")

And "thee" IS *NOT* an emphatic "the"! yiyiyi
Speaking of emphasis... I wish SP would allow some small html - such as creative punctuation (italics, emboldening, etc). Even very basic word processors can manage that. I go fairly ballistic when I compose a post, only to get the dreaded "no html allowed" when I hit the send button. Then, you go back and the entire thing is in the ether! aaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!!!! Sometimes it's a simple matter of quoting mathematical data, which sometimes requires the "greater than" or "less than" symbols... which SP invariably translates as html. :-(

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Edited by: EXOTEC at: 7/6/2013 (02:43)
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So funny that this thread popped back up today-- I was just thinking about it last night!

I defended "first annual" as being acceptable for its predictive or intentional value. Last night I had a little education about why first annual might be a case of "you spoke too soon."

Last night was our little unincorporated settlement's "first annual" fireworks festival. The four-year-old county burn ban was lifted last week, so anyone who had some fireworks sitting around was invited to donate them to the cause. They roped off a 10' square section of the parking lot in front of the historic district buildings (which now house a big gift shop and the most popular bar/restaurant) to use as a staging and launching area. The town drunk, his dog, and a random collection of 20-something grunge musicians, cowboys, and preppers were nominated or volunteered to serve as instant pyrotechnics "experts." (The qualifications? Have a lighter in your pocket and a couple of mojitos under your belt.) The fireworks were all piled into a big cardboard box, about half the size of a refrigerator box, and the box was set just outside the cordoned-off area, in what used to be an adobe gas station; it still has its dry-cane-and-sheet-metal roof, but no front wall.

You can probably guess where this is going...

Long story short: The town drunk and his dog take their role very seriously. The random 20-somethings, on the other hand, start shooting small rockets directly at one another to see how fast they can get out of the way. Naturally, one ends up inside the cardboard box, under the cane roof. Cowboy dashes inside the gas station and rolls the flaming box outside... where rockets immediately shoot off in every direction, into the crowd, over the rooftops, under parked and moving vehicles, and into brush that has just endured 5 years of extreme drought. I seem to remember rather more screaming and rather less getting out of the way than was really appropriate-- I myself duck into the old town jail, which seemed like the safest place at the moment. By the time the explosions stop, brush fires are shooting flames 10 feet in the air.

The town drunk, momentarily quite abruptly sober, grabbed a bucket and put out the fire at the edge of the parking lot. Spectators ran through the restaurant grabbing up every pitcher, dish tub, pot, pan, and iced tea glass they could lay hands on and extinguished the one at the kitchen door. (This is Texas; iced tea glasses here are of a size to be pretty darned effective.) The random 20-something pyromaniacs took on the huge brush fire across the road, but lacking iced tea glasses or any other source of water, the best they could do was frantically rip out brush that wasn't burning yet to try to contain it until the firetrucks arrived.

There were, fortunately, no injuries requiring ambulance transport and no serious property damage. There's a rumor that the fire marshal fined the organizer of the display, which is news to those of us who had no idea that there WAS an organizer-- or a fire marshal, for that matter! (If there was a fine, I think every adult who was in the vicinity should chip in a couple of bucks; the potential for catastrophe was pretty danged obvious from the outset and none of us stopped it.)

So now I have a new grammatical dilemma. First annual is leaving my vocabulary, because I've seen a case where clearly nobody is gonna try that again! But can we now memorialize the event as the LAST annual town parking lot fireworks festival?

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And before anybody freaks out, I *know* it could have been terrible. If there had been any serious injuries, I wouldn't be joking. But for those of us who live around here, it's hilarious because it's just. so. typical.





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Improper use of the reflexive pronoun, e.g., "How's yourself?"



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