Post # 56
Oh man. I am so happy to see so many other people who are bothered by these errors. I agree with every single thing posted.
I wrote a blog post a while back about how wedding boards in particular brought up so many spelling errors or mis-use of words. My list included:
I honestly cannot understand how so many people who see these words every day (if you’re posting about buying a veil you’ve probably googled them, seen them advertised in stores, read tons of other posts about them, etc.) can still get the spelling wrong.
As for grammar, “Where are you at?” really bugs me. Oh, and double negatives. So many people say “I don’t want nothing” around here… and honestly, I understand that many ESL folks use double negatives because they’re simply translating what they would say in another language (in Spanish, for example, a double negative is correct,) but it still bugs me so much – I grew up with my dad responding with “Oh, so you do want someting.”
Post # 57
@PutABirdOnIt: But we are on the road to Idiocracy and I guess I’ll be dragged there kicking and screaming:)
This is probably not a comfort, but it’s actually not true that grammar and spelling are getting worse, even though it seems that way because of the internet. A much higher percentage of the population is literate now, compared to even 50 years ago. So there are as many (actually more) people who consistently write “properly,” but there are far more who perhaps don’t write properly, but who a few generations ago wouldn’t have written at all.
I’m a historian, and if you read documents from the middle classes from the 19th and early 20th centuries, you’ll see as many grammatical and spelling idiosyncracies then (in grocery lists, diary entries, letters) as you do today. And that’s just in the people who were literate.
So, in short (ha), it’s not actually getting worse; it just seems like it is.
Post # 58
Thanks! I drive my husband crazy with this when we are making the grocery list.
Post # 59
I don’t know. I agree that more people are literate, but I would still argue that what’s considered acceptable has gone way down. The standard is being lowered constantly.
Ooooh that reminds me of the one that bothers me the MOST – “a whole nother” – aughhh “nother” is not a word! You simply cannot split the word “another” in two and put another word in the middle. However, this has actually become acceptable according to some dictionaries and sources. Instead of enforcing the rule, we just start accepting something just becaise it’s common.
Post # 60
Another one that bugs me is “over” instead of “more than.” It’s even worse when used to somehow try and bulk up the numbers: “There were over 132 people at my wedding.” lol
Post # 61
AHHH I hate HATE the misuse of reflexive pronouns!! No, you don’t sound smart because you said “myself”, you sound like an idiot! (sorry, was that harsh?) I am guilty of the i.e. vs e.g. error though
I also hate the use of apostrophes to indicate a plural noun. E.g. (yay, I’m learning!) “Free Apple’s”. Who is Apple and free her what, exactly?
Post # 62
Agreed. I actually was just about to write this in response to a post, and was screaming in my head, COME ONE WOMAN! NOTHER ISN’T A WORD! Had to catch myself.
Oh, and common for come one. Common means something else entirely. Sheesh people!! I don’t understand how people can graduate high school, but I guess now, spell check makes everybody a great speller :/
Post # 64
The one area in which I agree with you is business communications. Email, and the expectation of constant availability, and totally degraded (IMO) the quality of professional correspondence. In the documents I read (from 40-70 years ago), such letters had salutations and closings, capitalization and punctuation, and (mostly) proper grammar and spelling.
No such niceties are observed by many work-related email writers today.
Aside from that, though, I stick by my point. If we’d had the internet in the 1930s, you would see as many mistakes as you do today.
Post # 65
Oh, and switching back from history pedant to writing pedant, I also hate “unnecessary” quotation marks.
Post # 66
When people use loose for lose and the other way around. Raaaawr.
Post # 67
Oh yes, I agree with you completely. I was being a bit facetious:) I have read books on linguitics and what you say is true. Books were so expensive and rare, few people had access to them. So we are better off in that respect and people are, dare I say, even smarter than they were 100 years ago.
Post # 68
Oh, I know you were kidding. 🙂 I’m afraid I used your light remark as an unfair excuse to go off on one of MY pet peeves, the “what is the world coming to” genre!!
Post # 69
The other day, Fiance and I were at a pizza place. There was a cooler with this huge sign taped on it. The sign read:
My head almost exploded.
Post # 70
hahaha I saw a sign in a Dairy Queen restroom the other day that said:
EMPLOYEE MUST “WASH” HANDS
No joke. Which employee? Also, how clean does one get when they “wash”?