Post # 1
one of my biggest pet peeves is spelling!
top of my list would be: using your instead of you’re! your means OWNERSHIP, so ‘your bag’, ‘your wedding’. you’re means you are, so ‘you’re getting married next week!’
along with this there is the their/they’re/there. they’re means they are, their means ownership, there is a place.
these are the two that most annoy me right now, what about you all? I will probably add more when I remember them!
Post # 3
I am amazed how many people on Craigslist need to SALE their DINNING tables! Really? Sale is not a verb!!! And my second graders learned the rules about long vowels and short vowels. Drives me totally crazy!!!
Post # 4
@turnertobe: seriously? SALE their DINNING tables? oh dear…
Post # 5
My biggest one lately is fiance and fiancee. I understand that getting the accent mark over the e is difficult, but how hard is it to remember that 2 e’s = female, 1 e = male?
Post # 6
breathe vs breath always gets me, lol. I used to be a TA for a biology lab 🙂
Post # 7
@mepayne: exactly, it’s french 🙂
@calypso522: breathe = verb, breath = noun
Post # 8
Your, you’re, their, there, they’re would be my top pet peeves as well. Choose vs. chose, loose vs. lose, to vs. too are also big for me. I might not have perfect spelling or grammar, but I notice these the most. Grammar geeks unite!
Post # 9
to & too
to – expresses motion or direction. I’m going to the mall.
too- in addition, also – as in I’m spending too much time on WB and me too.
Post # 10
@Jacqui90: Even from an American English POV, fiancee looks more feminine than fiance. I don’t get how people don’t see it. Maybe it’s just me. I made sure FH knew the difference, so he wouldn’t go posting on FB about his fiance.
Post # 11
Oh boy! Please don’t go checking my spelling and grammer on here! lol! I go all day correcting papers so by the time I get on the wedding bee I’m in no mood to check my spelling and grammer haha. Sorry ladies!
Post # 12
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Is anyone else amused that a post complaining about spelling doesn’t use a single capital letter other than “I” and “OWNERSHIP?”
OP, I’m with you. I teach college and am always amazed that students still don’t know the difference. The internet is one thing, though I am a huge proponent of decent grammar, spelling, and punctuation in all forums, but a term paper is another.