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Smells like storm

July 23, 2010 at 7:03 am

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Summer pause for summer produce

July 8, 2010 at 10:31 am

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Rural Georgia

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The (not so) grand “language pet peeve” survey results

July 1, 2010 at 4:09 am

After scientifically polling my 1,111 Facebook friends on what bugs them the most in the language department, here are the results:

* You always want a second helping of dessert, but only want to cross the desert once.

* People, you know, who use commas, incorrectly, especially when they, and others, know better.

*  I hate hearing nauseous in place of nauseated.

* How about your vs. you’re? That’s a REAL bad one.

* This is all making me loose my mind!

* Their, there, and they’re! “Their dog got out and ran across the street. He’ll probably play there until they’re able to pick him up.”

* When someone asks, “How are you doing?” and the response is “I’m doing good” instead of “I’m doing well”. Doing good is returning someone’s lost wallet or rescuing a damsel in distress.

* OK, here’s another one (with apologies to G, above , using adjectives instead of adverbs!  I’m feeling gooder now.

* Supposably…. and how about MUTE point, rather than moot…

* “Mute” instead of “moot” drives me mad!

* How about the expression “How do you do?” How can you answer that? Is it a rhetorical question? You can’t say “I do fine.” All you can say is “How do you do?” back and that seems just plain silly. So there (not their, or they’re).

* The Times ran a Complaint Box recently about the greeting “How are you” that’s a statement, not a real question. In terms of language pet peeves, there’s always “your” instead of “you’re” and the “its” vs. “it’s” thing. You see those at least once a day.

*  I love to say, “How do you do?” It makes me feel like Eliza Doolittle.

* And that is why we have editors! I don’t know what I would do without them.

* Slightly off topic: I think it’s funny that THREE people on this thread are from Montclair, NJ, home of the Russian spies!

* We may be the home of Russian spies, but English is still our first language, and proper usage is important!

* Complaint: Why does everyone think it’s okay to use their (plural) instead of (singular) her or his??? I realize that it’s gender nuetral and less clunky, but it’s just plain wrong, right?

* I hate the lie/lay issue. It makes me crazy. It’s like nails on a chalk board for me every time some one mixes the two up.

*  Why is the word “abbreviation” sooo long!

* ALL of the above. Also pronoun abuse: “between you and I” or “she gave it to he and I.” Aaaaarrrgh!

You can look forward to more of these in the near future. Thanks for stopping buy. Ahem….

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