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jlai
10-10-2010, 11:02 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/13/AR2010091304476.html

PrincessLeppard
10-10-2010, 11:31 PM
:rofl:

I'm gonna let Prancer tackle the last sentence of the piece. I know that's one of her pet peeves. :D

Reuven
10-10-2010, 11:36 PM
Mine, too. And it’s a double down! :mad:

reckless
10-10-2010, 11:39 PM
My writing group got a big kick out of that column last month. Of course, we do have a few members who believe that grammar and spelling are optional, and following rules is a sign of needless conformity.

PDilemma
10-10-2010, 11:40 PM
:rofl:

When I was teaching and coaching speech, my biggest non-word pet peeve was judges writing "pronounciate" or "pronounciation" on score sheets when they meant "enunciate" or "enunciation". :rolleyes:

Nomad
10-10-2010, 11:41 PM
The sad thing is, I know a couple of English majors who talk/write like that. And who think that "irregardless" and "thusly" are just fine.

Spiralgraph
10-11-2010, 12:06 AM
Oh dear the English language is doomed. Needless apostrophes, lousy spelling, it makes this former English major weep. :(

barbk
10-11-2010, 12:18 AM
I kind of like the "doggy dog world" phrase.

But this is nothing new. I sat in an upper division geography class thirty years ago while the professor roared a rant about the idiotic students who'd written "alpha alpha" as the answer to a test question on primary animal fodders in a certain country. Apparently, out of our class of twenty or so, five or six students had made this same error. One, I am sure, that they never repeated.

Nomad
10-11-2010, 12:32 AM
Oh dear the English language is doomed. Needless apostrophes, lousy spelling, it makes this former English major weep. :(

Needless apostrophes are one of my pet peeves. Especially when people put them in verbs.

zhenya271
10-11-2010, 03:58 AM
Oh dear the English language is doomed. Needless apostrophes, lousy spelling, it makes this former English major weep. :(

We moved into our particular area because the school district is the best in the county. My son's 4th grade teacher sent home the very first class newsletter with the misspelling of principal. I rolled my eyes, figured she knocked that out quickly but since then I've noticed she has misspelled receive and their. She did not seem to get the spelling rules downpat in grade school.:lol:

Anita18
10-11-2010, 09:10 AM
The sad thing is, I know a couple of English majors who talk/write like that. And who think that "irregardless" and "thusly" are just fine.
Proofreading my boss's papers/grants is always an exercise in :scream:

Not only is there "thusly" but there's also "firstly." And three-clause sentences that go on for 4 lines. And one doozy that will go down in infamy: "but yet." :rofl: I crossed that out with gusto, lemme tell you. After my head hit the desk.

It was also amusing for the most recent grant, when it had passed through 5 hands and I was the first person to catch "polulation." :rofl: My boss was grateful for that one, since that was gonna go to the NCI. :lol:

John 3 17
10-11-2010, 10:11 AM
The worst butchers of the language, imo, are the sellers on the home shopping channels. They love to say that a pair of earrings "matches/works back to" or "goes back with" a pendant. They love to say "more pretty" instead, of course, "prettier".

Another new term I can't stomach is "adopt out" instead of "put up for adoption": this isn't just about people, but pets, or even just items that are being given away. Other overuses of "out": "frame the room out" and "switch out".

"Oldest" instead of "eldest". Never getting "I" and "me" correct. Putting themselves first in a sentance: "Me and him", ugh! As much as I love the show "Psych", "Sean" never and I mean never gets that right. Never. "Most unique" when of course, "unique" is an absolute.

Oh, and I cannot leave out the overuse of the word "did". Once in awhile, for emphasis, it's nice to say (for example), "he did do that"; but it's being used all. the. time. and now every sentance seems to have that emphasis where it doesn't belong.

Sorry, this thread is like opening a can of worms for me... somebody stop me! My private school was strict! And getting things correct is so easy if one just puts one's mind to it!

-Bridget, who is praying she didn't make any grammatical or spelling errors herein :o

Jackie Sparrow
10-11-2010, 11:03 AM
-Bridget, who is praying she didn't make any grammatical or spelling errors herein :o :shuffle:

orientalplane
10-11-2010, 11:21 AM
They love to say "more pretty" instead, of course, "prettier".


Saying someone is "more pretty" or "more happy" is a perfectly acceptable alternative to "prettier" or "happier". Often it gives more elegance to a sentence (though I'm not saying that's necessarily the case in the example you cite).

What I really can't bear is the way nouns are increasingly being turned into verbs. Words such as 'progress' and 'action' have now become transitive verbs, e.g. "to action something". This usage seems to be spreading from the US to Britain, sadly. I know all languages evolve, but using a noun as a verb because the correct verb might not be immediately obvious just seems like laziness.

Bev Johnston
10-11-2010, 03:03 PM
They love to say "more pretty" instead, of course, "prettier".

At least they didn't say, "more prettier." :D

I just edited four documents for my company. One of my jobs is to make everything concise and easy-to-read. I felt like the person who originally wrote the documents was being paid for word usage by the letter. My pet peeve with this particular set of documents was that the author consistently wrote "utilize" when "use" would've sufficed. Also, she stuck "will" in a lot of places where it wasn't necessary. Thanks goodness that project is over!

I agree that turning nouns into verbs is especially aggravating. "E-mail me," versus, "Send me an e-mail," is one of my pet peeves. Along those lines, I really hate use of the word "sexing" in some pop songs. Ugh and ick. This one makes my skin crawl!