(Closed) Let’s eat grandpa!

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Post # 43
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Hyperbole and a Half cured me of my rage at “alot” a few months ago, for which I owe the author an eternal debt of gratitude.

It’s already been mentioned, but the one that drives me NUTS on the bee is “aisle/isle.” AAARRRRGGG. 

Post # 45
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  • Wedding: June 2011

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@penguinsaremyfriends: No, “potatoe” is a misspelling.  But “potatoes” is the correct plural of “potato.”

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@abbyful: I am so with you on the Oxford comma.

Post # 46
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

Ugh, I can be a TOTAL grammar/spelling nazi. Too many years of having English pounded into my head!

They all drive me nuts but the new one I just saw in a wedding program and now here on the Bee is ‘maid of honors’ instead of ‘maids of honor’. So of course then I see someone write ‘Best Mens’ instead of just Best Men.

Sigh.

 

Oh, and I too will continue to use the Oxford comma.

Post # 47
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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@abbyful: YES! Thank you. The use of “I” when “me” is correct is my #1 grammar pet peeve.

This mistake is soooo pervasive. I actually just came across it in the book I’m reading, which shocked me. Shocked me, I tell you! :0)

Post # 48
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

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@mightywombat: Thanks.  It’s made even funnier for me because they have no idea what they are really saying. lol

And all the grammar bees that still care about these things (me included), I’ve thrown in the towel as far trying to correct people, especially publications (some emailed back-grateful and some just blew me off).  I check myself and that’s it, unless I’m editing for someone else. But we are on the road to Idiocracy and I guess I’ll be dragged there kicking and screaming:)

Post # 49
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I am in love with that blog you posted!!

And this post is awesome!

Post # 50
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I cringe every time I see “Your ” instead of “You’re” or “There” instead of “They’re”. English is not my frist language and I know I make mistakes (especially with “You and I” vs “You and me”… I’ve been bugging Fiance explain the difference and I still mix them up), but when someone who was born in North America uses those incorrectly it makes my teeth hurt!!!

Post # 51
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

Passed vs. past.  Why doesn’t anyone know the difference???

“Last week, I passed the car on the left.” vs. “This past week, I drove by the car on the left.”

“PAST” IS NOT A VERB!!!

Post # 52
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I had someone write on g-chat the other day “patients to weight” instead of patience to wait… granted we are in a medical profession but he has really bad grammar anyway.  At the very least it made me laugh.

Post # 53
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  • Wedding: January 2012

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@MsJeep23:  Thanks.  Ugh.  I can’t even begin to describe to you just how awful that book was.  I was an alcoholic for two weeks straight while working on it because looking at the text while sober was just too painful.

Post # 54
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Oh, some of these are more about usage than grammar, maybe, but I also really don’t like:

* “Like for example” — redundant. “Like” means “for example” in this case. Choose one!

* “Various and sundry” — same 

* Misuse of reflexive pronouns, in the attempt to sound fancy: e.g., “When you’re done signing the contract, just hand it back to myself or Carol.” 

* Misuse of i.e. and e.g. The former means “that is;” the latter means “for example.” 

* Comma splices

Wow, what a crank I’ve become! Someone’s in a bad mood today… haha!

Post # 56
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  • Wedding: January 2012

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@LMD84:  Agreed.  I am such an Oxford comma fangirl.

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