Post # 1
Certain grammar mistakes drive me crazy:
- it’s versus its
- Their versus they’re
- Your versus you’re
This one is always driving Bee crazy, since it comes up a lot in the wedding industry:
- Stationary versus Stationery – Can you believe that there are Stationery stores that spell it with an a? (As in, a Stationary Store.) But aren’t most stores stationary?
I’m also not a big fan of apostrophes to indicate plural – like referring to Save The Dates as STD’s.
How about you? What are your grammar pet peeves?
Post # 3
Misplaced commas! (although I catch myself doing it sometimes, and then i hate myself)
Post # 4
I also hate the use apostrophes for plural things and for dates!
I HATE when people say they could care less. It should be I couldn’t care less.
Also irregardless drives me nuts.
Guess that comes from having a degree in Journalism – I copy edit everything!
Post # 5
Misuse of reflexive pronoun! (Just ask myself for more information! You can see Mary or myself afterwards!)
I usually ignore grammar errors on messageboards, but that one peeves me. I see it all the time at work.
Post # 6
Loose for lose… Oh man, that gets me more than any other!
Post # 7
Capitalize. Please people!
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
I REALLY hate it when people mix up nominative and objective pronouns! I know that it’s very common now to say "Here is a picture of Sally and I." But it’s just plain wrong! Erg!
OK, rant over. 🙂
Post # 9
I agree with all of you on the above.
I tend to not care too much on message boards but in emails from anyone that makes more money than me….drives me nuts!!!
My skin crawls everytime I get an email from someone that signs off as their first initial or first and last initial, especially if their first name has five letter! It just says to me that they don’t think I am important enough for them to take the care to capitalize the first letter of their name and then type out the remaining letters of their name. I am not asking for first and last names in full, just don’t be that lazy. Better yet, save me the trouble from having to read your miniature initials and just don’t sign at all. I have your email address. you’re not ee cummings and tons of other people have thought it clever to be their initials in lower letters.
Post # 10
Its/It’s, Your/You’re, They’re/Their/There, Accept/Except. Those drive me nuts. I don’t mind a typo or an error here or there every once in a while, but when someone constantly and consistently writes using the wrong word it annoys me. Especially accept/except. They don’t even sound alike, at least to me. How can they be confused?
Post # 11
"Supposivly" instead of "supposedly". An old coworker of mine said it constantly – and I corrected him constantly – but he still said it (I think to spite me!)
Expresso instead of Espresso.
Their instead of there (or vice versa).
Libary instead of library.
I could go on, and on – but I won’t!
Post # 12
Ah good one Azula! In a similar vein, I always notice insure/ensure and affect/effect.
It takes me ten minutes every time I post this thread, b/c I’m so worried about messing up my grammar!
Post # 13
Ending sentences with prepositions! I really *couldn’t care less* on message boards or emails, but people do it for work ALL THE TIME. For official publications! President Obama’s campaign slogan "Change we can believe in" drove me crazy every time (even though I still voted for him).
Post # 14
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
There’s nothing wrong with ending a sentence in a preposition! Grammarians of old instituted this rule based on the grammatical structure of Latin–in Latin, it makes no sense to end a sentence in a preposition. For some reason, high school English teachers love to forbid us from doing this, even though it is perfectly logical to end a sentence with a preposition in English!
Post # 15
I CANNOT stand when people say the word "nother", as in "that’s a whole nother issue". It’s not nother! It’s "that’s a whole OTHER issue"
Everyone except my mom, who agrees with me, thinks I am crazy and keep trying to prove that "nother" is a word. It’s not a word, it’s just improper English.
Post # 16
I’m with you, Mr. Bee. Posting on these threads makes me so nervous!
I actually felt like a bit of a grammar nerd today. I reviewed an old handbook for our students and the grammar was absolutely horrific. I think the person who wrote it had a fear of commas!