In my first year of college, I had a very tough English professor who picked apart every sentence we wrote. He was a good teacher, though. I get annoyed when I see people make mistakes in grammar and spelling, for instance, "I want to loose weight." It's kind of funny, how that has stuck with me.
I guess it's a matter of how your brain is wired. I am so much more interested in the idea being conveyed, that small mistakes rarely matter to me. I'm upset when what is being communicated is false or the concept is wrong.
Sheryl from New Jersey, USA... EST
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1/22/14 4:59 P
What I hate the most is the current use of the f... word for a general descriptive or adjective when people cannot not think of another descriptive word to use. Also I'm not too thrilled with the use of like or whatever when people can't think of something else to say.
The one that drives me crazy are the people who don't know the difference between your and you're (a lot of people use your when they mean you're). Agree also with their and there & lose and loose. My job involves a lot of writing and editing, so proper grammar and word usage is a big deal to me. What totally drives me nuts is when the so-called professionals (TV stations, newspapers, books, etc.) make these types of mistakes. I know I drive my SO nuts when I point them out because it's almost every day!
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1/22/14 4:51 P
VWM - I had a client call me with an address update. She pronounced the street as AY-ZA-LEE
then spelled it - azalea doesn't help that she's lived all of her life in GA. Most GA natives know azaleas!
if you've only HEARD a word, but never seen it written, it's pretty easy to do things like that. I had the same issue in grade school with Penelope. When I read it, I said the word phonetically (pen uh lope). Boy was I embarrassed!
Just today I was talking to my husband about something that I stated was not worthwhile. He actually tried to correct me and tell me that it was "worthwild" I thought he was kidding at first, but apparently he had really been hearing and saying this incorrectly for 40+ years!
Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.- Mark Twain
I first posted this in a less-frequented forum... but I thought it might get more "air time" and response out here, too. ========================= Since someone else brought it up… There are so many things I find exasperating in common usage! The “lose” vs “loose” is a classic example. Here’s some others which vex me, too:
advise ≠ advice breath ≠ breathe buy ≠ by compliment ≠ complement everyday ≠ every day except ≠ accept glutton ≠ gluten gluttonous ≠ glutinous (although these do bear some resemblances!) site ≠ sight their ≠ there then ≠ than to ≠ too
contractions (its ≠ it’s (or even its’)) plurals ≠ possessives
Do you have examples that give you a mental "twitch" too? ~vicki~
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