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Pet peeves
Board: Yakking It Up
Sep 14, 2016 9:20am
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I don't know when this error became so commonplace, but I see it everywhere and it has become one of my top 2 pet peeves. Maybe it's just the secretary in me. When did people forget that "then" doesn't mean the same thing as "than"?
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Reply to: #934817 by Topcollector
Sep 14, 2016 9:57am
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Or when people post that they have an item for "sell" instead of "sale".
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Reply to: #934817 by Topcollector
Sep 14, 2016 10:04am
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I write and edit for a living, and I am frequently dismayed by the writing mistakes made by native English speakers.

On the other hand, I have terrible math skills, so I'm sure other folks are (justifiably) dismayed by my math incompetence.
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Reply to: #934817 by Topcollector
Sep 14, 2016 10:08am
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My favorite is when someone says they borrowed him $20, when they mean they loaned him $20.
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Reply to: #934817 by Topcollector
Sep 14, 2016 10:26am
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I hate when people ask if they have to "make the line" meaning if they need to go wait in line. Like there isn't one there yet so they're gonna start one. They're, their, and there is misused way too much also. Not to mention two, too, and to. Your, you're. Huge list out there. What also bugs me is the I before E except after C rule, it hardly ever applies!
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Reply to: #934817 by Topcollector
Sep 14, 2016 11:15am
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Mine is "nauseous" when they mean nauseated -- in published materials.

nauseous:nauseated::poisonous:poisoned

So when writers claim they are nauseous, I think, "Oh, dear, not really. Just your grammar." One of my students said, "Ms. Me, someone wrote in my library book. They scratched out nauseous and wrote nauseated."

Whistling innocently.
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Reply to: #934817 by Topcollector
Sep 14, 2016 11:31am
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I'm also not so fond of how things are pronounced where I live now. I first noticed wen I saw this cute little liquor store called The Forked Vine. When I walked in they said "welcome to the fork-Ed vine". Thought they were just being cute...'til I watched the news. The Forked Deer River is "fork-ed", Milan is "my-lin", Nashville is "Nashvol", Medina is "mah-donna". Took some getting used to! Needless to say my kids are now homeschooled online, lol.

"But officer, I stop-Ed at the red light!"
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Reply to: #934826 by Wry Me
Sep 14, 2016 11:37am
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Glad to hear that one. I never knew nauseous didn't mean sick to your stomach--I have always used that.

On the other hand, when I was in school, NO ONE ever used the 'self' words, particularly 'myself' and I wondered how it was really used. Now than I know how to use it, everyone seems to misuse it, especially TV & radio broadcasters. Isn't simply saying 'me' easier anyway, it just sounds better. I had a lawyer boss once who would always dictate "please sign it and return it to myself"--gives me goosebumps. We would just change it.

This is the best definition I think I ever read, and explains the 'me-myself' that they used to teach us.

Used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to yourself 'after you have already been mentioned'
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Reply to: #934821 by Rocklun
Sep 14, 2016 11:43am
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Me too. When we go out to eat we round up the bill to an even number for the tip. My husband always figures it in his head while I'm trying to figure it out on the back of the ticket.
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Reply to: #934826 by Wry Me
Sep 14, 2016 12:26pm
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Im pretty sure I screw up nauseus and nauseated. Im also too lazy to put apostrophes in my contractions, while typing with only my thumbs. But the rest of those drive me nuts, and I cant figure out out if people think it is "cute" to talk with lazy speech, or if they really are that ignorant. Hate to say it, but the worst ones I see are definitely from the South and Southeast. Ya'll is abojt the only word I dont mind. I have corrected a few people on than and then, because I particularly hate that one, but they all pretty much sound/look awful. Dont get me started on "deaf" vs "death" and Valentime's Day. I have one friend who uses both of those and every time I see her, I think of them.
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Reply to: #934817 by Topcollector
Sep 14, 2016 12:30pm
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it has become one of my top 2 pet peeves.

When did people forget that "then" doesn't mean the same thing as "than"?

Deer Topcollector!

Owe, aye no its knot Fare!
Sew watt will yew dew?

Hay, if aloud, aisle whey inn. Wear on you're sighed and where hear to prays yew, knot two berry ewe. Eye scents yew sea their is a reel laps inn sum currant righting stiles witch has maid a feint tern four the wurst. Are whee rite? Ore pleas worn us weather weir father aweigh off bass & mist the hole point of yaw lessen.

Weight, eye can here ewe awl grown!

Aye mite bee up schist creak butt aye doe nut want to bee band from cite.


weigh whey two much thyme on my hands . . . . .
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Reply to: #934832 by FloridaFour
Sep 14, 2016 12:53pm
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I think the bar is higher for published texts and people who work in communication, like reporters and news anchors and such. Even though I secretly cringe, spoken speech in informal settings is just that -- informal, so I consider that more my problem. Except maybe for nuke-yoo-lar, irregardless, real-a-tur and the like, which induces involuntary wincing, despite my best efforts.
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Reply to: #934817 by Topcollector
Sep 14, 2016 12:54pm
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FOR is not pronounced FER. Just stop it, please. This from a person who says that she is fixin' to do something instead of about to do something.
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Reply to: #934817 by Topcollector
Sep 14, 2016 1:17pm
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When has it become correct to say I will "try and" instead of "try to"? Drives me bonkers.
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Reply to: #934817 by Topcollector
Sep 14, 2016 1:22pm
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The next cat or dog we get I want to name Peeve. I will then have a pet peeve

And if we have another child we will name her Charity. Everyone donates to charity
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Reply to: #934842 by turkey feathers
Sep 14, 2016 1:45pm
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I always thought people were jinxing their kids when they named them Chastity. Awwww, don't do that! Also, if you name your kid heaven spelled backward, what are the implications? I just wouldn't Chance it. I also believe naming your kid any derivation of Angel is bound to be ironic. And I should know.
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Reply to: #934817 by Topcollector
Sep 14, 2016 2:21pm
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it has become one of my top 2 pet peeves.

One of my grammar pet peeves (and I have many) is the incorrect use of subject pronouns and object pronouns. For instance - "Me and her are going for a walk" or "Give the letterbox to her and I." I try to educate those who do this, such as my dear daughter who was taught correctly, by asking "Would you say "Us are going for a walk" or "Give the letterbox to we" which is usually met with a blank stare. So I continue to cringe.

Just as irritating to me is the popular use of the word "youse" instead of you which is very, very common in Pennsylvania.
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Reply to: #934849 by Janila
Sep 14, 2016 2:31pm
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One of my grown daughters constantly says "I seen". grr.
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Reply to: #934850 by Topcollector
Sep 14, 2016 2:37pm
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I seen

This is singularly one of the most annoying things I can hear out of anyone's mouth. I worked with a fellow who said it frequently. I frequently replied "You saw?" I don't think he ever got it.
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Reply to: #934850 by Topcollector
Sep 14, 2016 2:49pm
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One of my grown daughters constantly says "I seen". grr.

Actually, that was my number one grammar pet peeve for a long time, I have decided to move on to new irritants!
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Reply to: #934827 by Raven
Sep 14, 2016 3:44pm
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fork-Ed

I say things like that. I know better but I do it anyway. I deliberately mispronounce things. Like I'll say ka nife for knife. Or Wed nes day because that's the way it's spelled.

Shiloh
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Reply to: #934847 by Wry Me
Sep 14, 2016 5:10pm
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I'm not kidding, but I have seen the name Jesus Santos. Now that is some hopeful thinking.
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Reply to: #934850 by Topcollector
Sep 14, 2016 5:13pm
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My sister's boyfriend says "I seen", "I ain't", "I ain't never", "Youse", "them don't...", the list goes on. He is a very nice guy, but my mother, who is a writer, cannot stand to talk to him. Lol. Even my sister teases him.
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Reply to: #934817 by Topcollector
Sep 14, 2016 5:56pm
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Not grammar, but the hillbilly speak that bothers me most is "coyote". My in-laws are from the Catskills and they say coy-ote. I realize that it is spelled coyote, but it is not pronounced coy-ote. I know that coyotes aren't usually part of everyday conversation in most circles, but with my in-laws they are. It makes me cringe every time. Gah!

Another one that was more amusing than irritating came from my sister-in-law. I texted her to ask if she wanted me to save some of my son's clothes for her son and she replied, "We don't mind hammie downs." Hammie downs!

These people also say, "hang on it for me," when they want someone to hold on to something. That one figuratively kills me every time.

Luckily, I have broken the husband of most of these. I am pretty sure we would be divorced by now if he insisted on saying things like, "Hang on my beer while I shoot that coy-ote."
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Reply to: #934862 by LROSEM
Sep 14, 2016 6:03pm
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When someone says 'axed' as in, I axed a question. I grew up with that in Famous Monsters magazine in its 'You Axed For It' photo section, but my grammar survived.
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Reply to: #934817 by Topcollector
Sep 14, 2016 6:11pm
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I can totally relate to what you are saying. Most of my father's family is from West Virginia. I love them dearly, but sometimes I can't take it when they hold a conversation around me!!! Good grief.
I am not sure where they get some of that stuff and I have to really think about what they are saying.
NOT SAYING THAT EVERYONE FROM WEST VIRGINIA IS THIS WAY. Just using my relatives as a example.

One of my biggest pet peeves is "ICING". It is not icening!!!! There is only on N is the spelling!!!!
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Reply to: #934817 by Topcollector
Sep 14, 2016 6:13pm
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See how icing gets me all worked up, I spelled one wrong!!!!!

There is only one N in the spelling!!!
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Reply to: #934862 by LROSEM
Sep 14, 2016 6:16pm
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"Hang on my beer while I shoot that coy-ote"

😰😰😰
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Reply to: #934817 by Topcollector
Sep 14, 2016 6:18pm
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Re: Pet peeves Re: Boxes in Antartic

I think these belong together.
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Reply to: #934868 by cooledcoyote
Sep 14, 2016 6:23pm
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I think you are safe. My husband has only shot one coy-ote, from the front porch, at night, with a flashlight between his knees while wearing flip-flops. He doesn't even drink and the coy-ote had it coming. (I say this as a recovering vegetarian).