Today’s LetsBlogOff asks us: What is your grammar pet peeve?
My friends anxiously await this answer, I‘m sure. Hey, being the grammar and spelling police may not always be appreciated, but as far as I’m concerned, it should be counted as a super power.
I have quite a few of these pet peeves, as it turns out. In some cases, things I find unacceptable – or even contemptible, are making their way into common usage. This, in my opinion, is evidence of our society heading straight to hell in a handbasket. I know I should probably worry about bigger things, but let’s face it; Good grammar and proper etiquette are what separate us from the apes. (That 15 foot wall helps, too.)
The use of apostrophes when referring to a decade, such as the 1980’s, causes me pain. Not unbearable pain, but I am definitely uncomfortable. 1980s. There. Better.
I am also a big supporter of the word “handsful” versus handfuls, mothers-in-law versus mother-in-laws, and bucketsful versus bucketfuls.
I get pretty tired of seeing “accept” and “except” used interchangeably.
I cringe when I see professional letters that begin with Dear Sir, instead of Dear Sir:
The use of i.e. (that is) rather than e.g. (for example) drives me insane.
I have also noticed the element “lead” substituting for the verb “led.” The good news? That little error eliminates quite a few resumes in my stack for review.
Cockiness like that leads to karmic retribution like this –
The other day, I was writing and realized I had no idea if I should type the word “past” or “passed.”
Seriously. I decided to change the whole sentence to avoid hurting my brain, which was obviously on vacation.
And for that, I feel ashamed. Kryptonite, indeed.
But I’ll get past it.
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