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1/22/14 8:02 P

My personal pet peeves are:

Principal vs principle

Who vs whom

Effect vs affect

1/22/14 6:56 P

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.

EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
1/22/14 6:34 P

More nonsensicals:

Pacific vs specific ... there's an ocean of difference, there! LOL

connectivity vs connection, or connect

"Unthaw." What the heck does that mean?!? If you're UNthawing it... evidently you're freezing it?


Edited by: EXOTEC at: 1/22/2014 (18:34)
SHERYLDS Posts: 17,485
1/22/14 5:09 P

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.

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1/22/14 4:59 P

emoticon on the 'f' word.
it amazes me that that is a common trivia fact now on IMDb -
this movie contains the word %*$@ 237 times.

so...I won't bother seeing it. Thanks.

ZZYYGGY3 Posts: 2,452
1/22/14 4:56 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.

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1/22/14 4:54 P

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 emoticon
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!

ANDILH Posts: 1,543
1/22/14 4:50 P

Recently the one that's bothering me the most is tooken (not sure of spelling). Instead of saying taken or I took, they just combine the two.

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1/22/14 4:17 P

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! emoticon

GRAPHICS2 Posts: 13,944
1/22/14 4:14 P


"It's so fun". I hear this so often that I think I got left behind in english emoticon grammar[

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1/22/14 4:07 P

like = filler, a word used when you can't think of something to say,"umm... like you know ?"

Can't people hold a proper conversation anymore without having to use the word like every other like word ?

That's my English usage peeve.

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1/22/14 3:53 P

improper verb usage
I seen - I saw
I done that - I did that

and this is coming from somebody who has never mastered the 'lie/lay/lain/laid' proper usage

EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
1/22/14 2:43 P

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?

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