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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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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!

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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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Love this thread!

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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We was



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



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It doesn't take any extra time to use the right word for the right meaning. :) If you expect people to take the time to read and respond to you, you should be kind enough to spare the few extra seconds it takes to make sure your words say what you mean them to. :)

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In a store, the sign that says, "10 Items or Less," drives me batty!

To anyone who has ANY pet peeve about the English language, I recommend the book Eats, Shoots, and Leaves. It's hilarious and fascinating. :)



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I wish I just had the time or to worry about grammar on site such as this. A business
letter or profession situation must different. I barely find time to keep this up let alone
have someone critique my grammar! Just saying!



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Things like this used to bother me but I figured out there were more important things to think about. As a friend of mine says "Build a bridge and get over it!" emoticon

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I ain't got no grammar pet peeves I wanted to loose seven pounds and I did. My clothes are lose on me



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Once again, twitter reminds me of this thread:

twitter.com/WTFFacts/status/34720473633378
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Does anyone else see the error? It stood out quite a bit to me! hehe

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WOW FOURTEEN2FOUR....I didn't know that.
Learn something new everyday. .... I'm not a grammarian.
Just seems like someone got lazy and didn't want to make the apostrophe version the correct one. emoticon

apostophes.????
Oops, no spell check.....points off

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Your's, our's...any inappropriate use of apostophes. Using an apostrophe does NOT make it plural!



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I am not a native English speaker. Love spell check and auto correct.
I do try to respect what I am saying and the person I am communicating with.
Thank heavens for the relaxed attitude to language that people have today. I would have hated being classed by the way I write or speak.

I do love listening to a good voice, used well, saying something intelligent.



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Bluenose63 - The affect versus effect thing bothers me too.

@SciencePorn tweeted this earlier that goes along with this post:

twitter.com/SciencePorn/status/34683944613
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Fun thread! emoticon

My issue is with the use of the term "loose weight" on dietcentric message boards instead of "lose weight."

Everything else I see on a forum grammar wise, I chalk up to probably it was a typo or autocorrect.

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Hello to all the wonderful Pittsburghers here! I lived there for five great years and think it's the greatest city in the U.S. What a sense of community!

I hate the overuse of the word "issue" for "problem," and I detest the constant squeaking and squealing of "awesome!" and "a-MA-zing!" I hear.

Yes, I am an olde farte. Thank you...I hope I'll be here all week.

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TAARON69 -- You hit the nail on the head with your comment. It drives me crazy when people end a sentence with a preposition.

I also agree with other posters that grammar is an overlooked skill in our society today. The advent of technology is not helping our children learn correct grammar.

Another grammar pet peeve would be the misuse use of the words "effect" and "affect".



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Courtney-Lee - Hello to a fellow Pittsburgher! Recently I learned something about the word "supper." Dinner is the main meal of the day, whether eaten at noon or in the evening. Way back years ago, the main mean was eaten at noon. But supper is a smaller meal, eaten in the evening if you've already had your big meal at noon. My grandparents ate that way because my grandfather ate his big meal at noon and then went to work the afternoon shift at the mill.

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Lots- wrong tense

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Incorrect use of words (such as there and their), using the wrong tense (is/are, was/were), incorrect spelling and this is consistent throughout the whole docment I am editing.



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I have a Bachelor degree in English from PSU, My main focus was British Literature from Anglo Saxon Period up to and including the Restoration. There was no such thing as proper spelling or grammar (unless you are counting things like heroic couplets, iambic pentameter, alliteration and so on) If you have ever read Chaucer or Spenser in their non-translated form, you know exactly what I am talking about.

I think that is why I am not so bothered by things like spelling and grammar as much as I should be. I also work for a trucking company and am very used to communicating with my drivers via Qual Comm (an on board computer)
We use a lot of abbreviation since we get charged per character for messages.

I hate the word "supper" and it annoys me when people use it. I don't like how it sounds or how it feels when I say it.

I am also from the Pittsburgh region, and as another poster pointed out, no one can butcher grammar like us!

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Given that wordsmithing is trade, I have too many to name.

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@Heather - went to up to Gainesville to visit dad for Father's Day. We drove up to Lula while we were there to get some white peaches. And I actually heard the cashier refer to a Mtn Dew as 'coke'

I swear, that is the first time I've ever heard that in my life emoticon

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I say get over it, are you perfect - neither is my grammar!



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I live in a part of the country where they say youse guys instead of y'all, I think I prefer y'all

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O you know, I wasn't going to bring this up but you know.....never mind

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There is a pretty big cultural shift from MEtro ATL and the surrounding areas; using "coke" as a generic soda is very common down here in Macon! I've used it myself "What kind of cokes do you have?" is something I've uttered more than once in my life.

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OH MY GOD. I bet that gawdawful commercial of hers drives you just as nuts as it did me. "Inducin' the crimnals t' tawk" - that was NOT a southern accent! I had the same problem with the girl who played Rogue in the X-men movies.


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I'm a teacher and I think that it's getting ingrained in the younger generation. Soon it won't even matter, because no-one can be bothered to learn grammar, even when the same mistake has been pointed out to them in every piece of work they have submitted in the academic year. I sometimes wonder if it's just a waste of my red pen!

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My husband gets angry at me when I point out spelling errors on business signs, but that is a bad reflection on the company, that they hire people who are poor spellers, and also don't check the sign after it's posted.



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When I see numerous errors in an article, I tend to not read it. I just can't take it seriously if it's full of grammatical errors.

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Since I am from the Pittsburgh area, I have no room to criticize anyone. We are yinzers through and through. No one can chew up the English language like a Picksburgher!



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I work for a plumbing company. One of the questions we are supposed to ask when we take a call is "How did you hear about us?" Our previous office manager set up our system with a few answers that we could just click on instead of typing it in and one of them was "seen truck". Our company president also says seen instead of saw. It makes me so crazy!

Something else that bugs me is when people are singing and they end a word with an O sound when the word ends with an L. I have noticed the Black Eyed Peas do that often. I have to admit that I am not a fan of pop or hip-hop so when I have to listen to it I am already on edge so it really sticks out to me. My husband was listening to a song the other day and they did it . One of them said "internationo" instead of "international" and my nine year old son said, "Mom, they did it again. It's in-ter-nation-al!" Then he high-fived me and said, "Pronunciation police!" I believe that song was "Imma Be" *shudder* emoticon

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Another one that makes me cringe....irregardless! It is a double negative and improper.

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When people say 'pitcher when referring to a picture. It grates on my nerves.



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when people say "I seen" it's I saw people

when people use slang: ressies for reservations; sammies for sandwiches, etc. I hate slang.



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Obiesmom2 -

I visited Atlanta and Covington in March for the first time. I could tell the difference in Atlanta versus Covington, as Atlanta had the melting pot feel of voices and speech versus Covington which had a greater percentage of strong southern accents. Whenever I talked to someone about it and they said "MinneANapolis" after finding out I was from Minnesota, I giggled. I often got into discussions about regional dialects and accents, laughing with them about how differently we talked. Then my speech would start speeding up and they couldn't understand me. It was quite an experience!

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I actually like "y'all." It might be because my other languages have plural forms of you, so I feel the need for it. I hate hearing it in the possessive, though-- "Is that y'all's car?" sets my teeth on edge.

And what's funny is that even though I grew up saying "you guys," after almost 30 years living in the South or Texas, my brain can't process it anymore. Not too long ago I was visiting family in the Midwest. I was out at a restaurant with my dad and brother, and the waitress came up to the table and asked, "Would you guys like anything to drink?" For at least a full second, I seriously thought she had invited the MEN to order and specifically excluded me! I was incredibly offended for that one second before the translator in my brain kicked in.

I do have to disagree with the idea that young people have a narrower vocabulary, though. The particular set of words that kids know might be shifting, but I don't think it's getting smaller. I work with educational testing, and there's a graded vocabulary list that everyone uses that was created in the late 70s or early 80s. It lists new words that students should be learning at each grade level, the idea being that if you're writing a test question with a "hard" word, you can look it up to see whether kids at the level you're writing are expected to know it yet. The list is getting less and less useful every year, because it's too *easy!* Thirty years ago, "fraudulent," "dubious," "commentary," and "boycott" were 11th grade words, for example, and now it's hard to find a 9th grader who can't use all of those. I'd be willing to bet that the average high school graduate today knows more words than his or her grandmother did, though they may not be as elegant.

Another question I'd like to throw out: at what point do we give up and accept what used to be an error as a change? One example is "snuck" as a past tense instead of "sneaked." Snuck is not a word. It gets a wiggly red underline in spell check. And yet, I hear NPR reporters using it all the time and even see it in print. There are quite a lot of educated people who would say that "sneaked" sounds wrong. Is it time to stop correcting "snuck?" Someone earlier in the thread mentioned not being able to conquer "whom." I know exactly when and why to use "whom," with pretty much 100% accuracy... and I almost never do. Even when it's grammatically correct, it's not socially correct. I would *never* speak the word unless I was being ironic or giving a presentation at the MLA, and I rarely write it. If I were editing an article with the sentence, "Jane, who I met nine years ago, is coming to visit," I wouldn't correct it (unless it was a dissertation or a presentation for the MLA.) Are we giving up to soon on "whom?" And if we let people say "snuck," do we have to let them say "irregardless?" (My spell check does NOT object to "irregardless," by the way.)



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My biggest pet peeve is when you model poor grammar (i.e. slang) as an educator. I once had a principal who was a well educated black woman. She would say "ax" instead of ask and "birfday" in place of birthday. It drove me crazy because it was my job to teach the kids to spell properly. We are in a position of teaching good speaking as well as writing skills.

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One of my biggest pet peeves in regard to grammar is ending a sentence with a preposition. I am from Southeast Missouri so I hear it numerous times a day. On top of that I used to be a Language Arts/English teacher so it is very bothersome!.



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I hate email and texts with no capitalization or punctuation or concern about spelling out words.

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yes we can all miss understand



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I wince when I see 'loose' and 'lose' misused on this website but I keep in mind that English may not be the first language for many posters when I do see grammatical errors.

This discussion made me think of this poem by e.e. cummings:

since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;

wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are a better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don't cry
—the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids' flutter which says

we are for each other:then
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Have you noticed how many people say expecially instead of especially? They do it on TV too.

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"irregardless" makes me cringe

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So nice that you folks are conversating about the English language. emoticon



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Improper English bothers me, too. I hope I said that properly.

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There, their and they're. Passive verbs. Incomplete sentences. ;)



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When someone uses the wrong tense of a verb. Like, "I seen it" instead of I saw it".



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my great grandmother only had a 6th grade education. She had great respect for education and was always kind of embarrassed by her lack of schooling. She bought a dictionary and learned at least one new word every day. I don't think there were any words that she couldn't spell, properly pronounce, and give the meaning.

I rely too much on spell check! I read a lot, so that helps. But too often I'm lost when it comes to spelling.

Anarie, perfect explanation of how difficult it can be to read a paragraph with lots of misspellings and improper grammar/word usage.

I haven't been there in ages, but the restaurant chain Po' Folks had their entire menu written in 'southern speak'. I could not read it. I HATED that place because of the menu (and they served drinks in a jar). I was born in Atlanta. Never lived anywhere other than GA. But I prefer to drink from a glass.

so I guess I should also confess that to me YOU can be plural. Not a fan of Y'ALL. If I feel the need to be specific that I mean more than one, I will say 'all of you' or 'you guys'.

I will say that I've never heard a Y'ALL used to mean *1* person except on TV or in a movie. And I've never heard Coke used to describe a non-cola soft drink. Yes, if it's a cola...it's COKE. But I've never heard the "you want a coke? What kind?" thing. Ever.

Most of my life I've lived in metro Atlanta. Those might be commonly used further away from the city or in other southern states. Metro Atlanta has such an influx of people that it's not quite as 'southern' as extreme south or extreme north GA.

I am a true Southern Belle though...I have a deviled egg platter! (Allegedly a requirement, y'all)
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oh, and can't stand the sound of fake southern accents. Everybody kept telling me to watch 'The Closer', but I couldn't get past Kyra's phony accent. Her accent was okay in 'Something To Talk About', but on 'The Closer'...just bad.

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Whatever.



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Anarie and Heather -

There's one day in my high school career that I always giggle about when I remember. A girl who frequently bullied me and several others, and who was not the brightest person in the room, was called out by a teacher for using the word "like" too much. She was asked to say something in front of the class and there were a few sentences where every third or fourth word was "like". Honestly, half of us couldn't figure out what she was saying because she said it so often. The teacher had her repeat what she said without using the word "like" once. She had to keep stopping and restarting because she'd say it without thinking and have to correct herself. I admit I giggled to myself that day, but the point stuck with me even though I don't have that problem. So now, every once in a while when I find the word "like" sneaking into my writing or my speech a little too much I challenge myself to not use the word for the rest of the day without very good reason (such as "I like that idea.") which makes me slow down and choose better words.

I think our society is lazy when it comes to vocabulary. We have so many words in our language, but we make up new ones that are easier to convey ideas instead of taking the time to learn better vocabulary. If you haven't heard, recently the rules at the national spelling bee were amended so that the spellers must know the meanings of the words. Considering in the past they used to be able to ask for the definition to help them spell the word, that's a very interesting change. It made the process significantly harder, of course, but it is encouraging kids and even society to learn vocabulary. After all, when I was in school a few teachers would occasionally instruct a student to pull out a dictionary and/or thesaurus to learn about a word they don't know or to replace a generic words with a more descriptive word. Now, we can get all that information online in seconds, but it's doubtful that many people are taking a moment to use these resources. After all, when a kid is texting or chatting online with 5 people simultaneously they don't want to stop and look something up, whereas 20 years ago they might have taken an hour to write a letter that would be received in a few days.

I will say, though, that regional dialects are quite an interesting phenomenon. I grew up in Wisconsin where we drink from a "bubbler" and look at the art of a "water fountain", drink "soda" or "pop" but only "coke" when it's Coca-Cola, and talk faster than the speed of thought. Now I live in Minnesota where we love to eat "hot dish" and are annoyed by people who watched Fargo and think we actually say "Don'tcha know?" Thus, what's acceptable in one portion of the country or the world is totally misunderstood elsewhere.

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