Gramatical annoyances

Caitlin - posted on 10/28/2010 ( 95 moms have responded )

1,915

5

172

I'm studying english, and want to teach high school english. I feel everyone has some sort of gramatical pet peeve. What's yours (if you even have one)?

Mine is when people misuse Less/Fewer.. It drives me nuts! I correct my husband all the time, he thinks it's funny so he started doing it on purpose just to get my knickers in a knot. I shut him down really fast when I pointed out the kids will pick up on that bad habit, and I don't want them to sounds like idiots.

Serisouly, i've ever heard it misused in comercials and the news! *rips hair out*

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Johnny - posted on 10/28/2010

8,686

26

322

Well those were fairly obvious TYPOS!!!

These grammatical threads always seem to bring out the snark.

[deleted account]

I agree with everyone here. I'd like to add apostrophe "s" for plural words...ummm...word's.

Johnny - posted on 11/04/2010

8,686

26

322

I only noticed the other one and not the one that Dana pointed out. Like Kati, I still don't see the other typo.



Oh and I love using ....



Perhaps I need to get into dashes - that was fun!

95 Comments

View replies by

Corinne - posted on 11/08/2010

1,288

14

121

My daughter has been at school for 7 weeks now and I think I'm going to explode! She's started to copy the way some of her friends talk and it's driving me around the bend. Innit, nah, yep, dornt wanna, teef, gewl....The list goes on. My pet peeve however is the phrase 'I aren't' instead of 'I'm not', most commonly used by my M.I.L who is....... a TEACHER! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr. :) (for the English see: backward yorkshire tw@t!) no offence, I call my hubby that too!

[deleted account]

Have any of you read "Eats,Shoots and Leaves" by Lynne Truss? It's a humorous look at incorrect punctuation. I think all of you would enjoy it.

Johnny - posted on 11/05/2010

8,686

26

322

--...I could do both but then there wouldn't be any room left for actual words...-- lol.

[deleted account]

I like - and ... it just depends on my mood. What's wrong with you people why can't you do both? Both rock! lmao

Johnny - posted on 11/04/2010

8,686

26

322

Oh wow, I see that now. I think my eyes just skim right past and. I could probably mistakenly insert multiple ands, tos, thes, or ifs in a sentence and never notice. My own peculiar form of dyslexia. I noticed the 'correct' instead of 'corrected' immediately.

...so now that we're all finished dissecting Sara's post...

See, ... is so much better than -.

[deleted account]

I already explained the typo I saw in Sara's post - how did you NOT see it? What other typo is there? I've stared at it for 20 minutes - it's driving me nuts.

Let's disect it....

Sara typed, "In another community and mom titled her thread, "Lactose and Tolerant." She was correct by one of our fellow debaters, then she changed the title to "Lactose and Intolerant." Sigh."

I noticed that the 4th word in is "and" but it should have been an "a".

[deleted account]

I clicked "funny" under Carol's comment but it wouldn't let me click "funny" under Sara's - only "helpful"

WTF? They're working.....they're not working....which is it? GRUMPH!

[deleted account]

No, she didn't change it! LMAO! It's just a typo - not really a big deal. I was just TRYING to be funny! Apparently not so much since Kati can't even see it! It's still there, Kati - look harder!

Rosie - posted on 11/04/2010

8,657

30

321

um jenn, i hate to break it to you, but the way americans spell things IS the right way. didn't you know that americans are ALWAYS right?? LMAO!!

and i don't see where saras typo was. am i blind, did she change it?? :P

Krista - posted on 11/04/2010

12,562

16

847

Oh my goodness, Hannah, I know EXACTLY what you mean. There are some posts on the Welcome page, where I just long to reply, "Too long; didn't read."

Paragraph breaks are our FRIENDS, people!

Hannah - posted on 11/04/2010

175

42

8

what really annoys me is when people have a really long post and they go on and on and on and absolultly no periods commas or breaks anywhere in between i mean really you would think that i could say that whole sentence without running out of breath it really annoys me and i just cant stand it also when people use words like dat or da i just want to scream at them at say cant you you proper english?!! ;)

[deleted account]

Me too - I think you're the one who got me hooked, Krista. Now I use them instead of the dot, dot, dot.....know what I mean? *giggles*

Krista - posted on 11/04/2010

12,562

16

847

I don't doubt that I overuse dashes in my writing, but it's a hard habit to break -- I just freaking love them so much!

[deleted account]

OMFG! Sara, are you serious? And, just since we're pointing things out - "In another community "A" mom titled her thread...." You typed "AND" and I'm sure it was just a typo but....

Heehee, I couldn't resist!

[deleted account]

In another community and mom titled her thread, "Lactose and Tolerant." She was correct by one of our fellow debaters, then she changed the title to "Lactose and Intolerant." Sigh.

Ava - posted on 11/03/2010

307

31

12

I have a LOT, but spelling 'grammatical' as 'gramatical' is one of them. So are capitalizing improper nouns, misusing ellipses, not using proper pluralization, and misspelling simple words.

Desiree - posted on 11/02/2010

910

17

13

My favourite is people trying pronounce somebody's name and you come out with some of the craziest sounds. Here in SA we hear this quite often especially when its a famous Actor or Actress that was born in SA then you get everyone correcting the TV at the same time Theron is the most popular. You pronounce it Ther-ron and Actually it's pronounced as Te-ron and don't even try some of the the African names that gets even funnier. Try Hlongwane on for size. I had to laugh at my receptionist who mispronounced Xavier and pronounced with a clicking sound because X is pronouced that way in Xhosa. Ahh the fun of living in a country with 11 official languages.

Chrystal - posted on 11/02/2010

419

25

48

My biggest pet peeve is when I'm on the phone and somebody is trying to talk to me when I am on the phone.

Stifler's - posted on 11/01/2010

15,141

154

604

When people write "your an idiot". "you're baby is crying". It makes me want to scream.

[deleted account]

I'm in BC, Canada and somedays I use "color" and other days I use "colour" - just depends on my mood. That's how I roll.



But, yes Jenn, you're right - typically Canada adopts British spelling.

Jenn - posted on 11/01/2010

2,683

36

96

I think the Americans are the only ones to spell things differently such as colour, neighbour, etc. We spell them properly in Canada as well and it drives me batty when I'm typing and the darn Americanized spell-checker tells me that a word is spelled incorrectly when it in fact is NOT!

Krista - posted on 11/01/2010

12,562

16

847

Sal, go read that link about alot that I posted. You'll find out EXACTLY what an "Alot" is. :)

[deleted account]

melk doesn't annoy me just because it's also the dutch word for milk and my family in Canada/US is dutch (and now I live in NL). My best friend growing up used to say that all the time, and her family is dutch too. Go figure.

[deleted account]

Oh the UK vs US spellings really annoy me, it always looks as if I am spelling words wrong, but I am not, I spell them UK version as I am British :-)

Desiree - posted on 11/01/2010

910

17

13

Christina had to have a little bit of a giggle myself, about the Milk/Melk you would go absolutely mad here in SA Melk is the Afrikaans word for milk. So we hear this mix of languages quite often. It can get quite hair raising if you aren't listening carefully enough and you miss something or misinterpret it.

One of our most common terms is JA, Well, No, Fine, which can mean just about anything normally when something has you gob smacked. Or Ja, Nee which is a positive and negative meaning yes no. Its the same with spelling in different parts of the world. ie in the Sates its Color, in UK, Australia and SA its Colour.

just thought I would add this perspective for interest sake.

Sal - posted on 10/31/2010

1,816

16

34

alot......it should be a lot, only a little prob but i have it now burnt onto my brain after a yr 12 history exam when i walked into the class room to see "what in the world is an ALOT salli" written in the board, clearly it was my teachers pet hate.

[deleted account]

I did a bit research and whilst I agree wrong should have been wrongly. Different shouldn't have been differently because when a comparative adverb is used you don't add the ly - completely different, more beautiful etc. It's very easy to slip-up on some grammar without even reaslising it! Probably because I speak differently to how I write.

[deleted account]

Now we're going to get into an argument (oops debate!) about which sources are best.
I was always taught that an adverb modifies a verb - in this case the verb "spell." An adverb has thre suffix -ly.But it's not worth getting uptight about!

[deleted account]

"Completely differently" sounds a bit wierd lol! I checked on Microsoft Word and according to the grammar check both what I wrote or with the "ly"s on the end are grammatically correct.

[deleted account]

Let's just agree they can't spell! Just joking guys!

What about adverbs - shouldn't it be "differently" and "wrongly?"

[deleted account]

The one that really gets my goat is mixing up borrow and lend! Even my sister who's a qualified geography teacher does it from time to time. Also It really bugs me that Americans spell completely different from proper English - like airplane is aeroplane here, and color is colour here =]

You spelt grammatical wrong though...unless that's how you spell it in America lol?!?

Krista - posted on 10/31/2010

12,562

16

847

Alot no understand why share feelings with. Alot just want to be left alone.

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms