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What are your pet peeves re English usage?

 
 
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Thu 30 May, 2019 12:34 pm
@nacredambition,
nacredambition wrote:

Respectably instead of respectfully, preclude instead of precede.

Uno who and how do you do are.

Respectfully, respectively
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coa999
 
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Reply Fri 31 May, 2019 12:28 pm
@ailsagirl,
Your use of non-Standard English is pretty funny and ironic. You've become what you hate.

Mine are:

- You're, your. It's a simple difference.
- His or her and their - they're not interchangeable
- Stadia vs. stadiums. Stadium is a Latin word. Many Latin-origin words have Latin plurals. It should really be stadia, not stadiums.
- "An historic election". H isn't a vowel. It should be "a historic".
- People who assume conservative is always political, when used in speech or text. No, it's not.
nacredambition
 
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Reply Mon 1 Jul, 2019 12:39 am
'Barring down' instead of 'bearing down' lowers the bar so low that I completely lost it together with my bearings.

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farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 1 Jul, 2019 02:45 pm
@coa999,
besides being plural form for stadium, "stadia" is actually a metho of surveying where there is a vertical rod bearing graduated horizontal lines which, when viewed through a transit with cross hairs and two interval line above and below the cross hairs, will describe a distance of the horizontal land scape which is calculated by( 100 X (stadia line interval in tenths of feet ) = distanc from transit center point or thealidade to the vertical rule "rod".
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 1 Jul, 2019 03:17 pm
@coa999,
Why you old charm school dropout.
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nacredambition
 
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Reply Mon 8 Jul, 2019 09:40 pm
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What are your pet peeves re English usage?


Illiteracy bothers me so.

How can someone use inept when they mean inapt, it's inept and inapt.
nacredambition
 
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Reply Mon 22 Jul, 2019 11:41 pm
@nacredambition,
It sickening when people spew 'ad nauseum' instead of 'ad nauseam'.

However, what's 'good for the goose' is more likely 'sauce for the gander'.

And language is like eating hemmings along the way at easter, a movable feast.
nacredambition
 
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Reply Wed 24 Jul, 2019 06:40 pm
@nacredambition,
Do you know what I hate, what I really really hate?

When people type about "disgusting hate filled slander" when they mean "disgusting hate-filled libel".

Yep, missing hyphens is such a no-no.

Arrrggh.
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Fri 26 Jul, 2019 02:29 am
@nacredambition,

when someone is ordering food at a restaurant and they say they are going to "do" a particular dish.

"yeah, i'm gonna do the artichoke and gouda flatbread."

gone are the good old days when people had manners and actually asked for their food in a polite manner...
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Fri 26 Jul, 2019 09:31 am
@Region Philbis,
Our, hour, are....
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nacredambition
 
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Reply Sat 27 Jul, 2019 08:48 pm

Typing bazaar when bizarre was intended is so egregious it's positively egregious.

Although lots of people make typos. It's no big deal.

Your inability to point out anything that I am wrong about speaks for itself.


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nacredambition
 
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Reply Mon 19 Aug, 2019 08:53 pm
Recently I was almost chasing at the bit from the entertaining, engrossing exemplars to be gathered , gleaned and garnered in my very own basement.

decease instead of disease

tenant instead of tenet

booked instead of balked

This is the type of errant pedantry up with which I will not put.
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cherrie
 
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Reply Mon 19 Aug, 2019 11:37 pm
Something I hear quite often, most recently on the news last night, is that someone lost demerit points.
'He was fined $400 and lost 3 demerit points'.

You can lose points, or gain demerit points, but you can't lose demerit points.
nacredambition
 
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Reply Mon 19 Aug, 2019 11:48 pm
@cherrie,
Quelle horreur, what a fragrant error. It would never happen if you were wearing Chanel No. 2. I often have no points.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/85/CHANEL_No5_parfum.jpg/220px-CHANEL_No5_parfum.jpg


cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Tue 20 Aug, 2019 10:11 am
@nacredambition,
Quote:
What are your pet peeves re English usage?
It's too difficult for president Trump. He also claims, the Constitution was also unfair to him, and I agree! The poor man struggles with most things in life, except the ability to sell himself to the masses.
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nacredambition
 
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Reply Sun 25 Aug, 2019 08:23 pm
I've been deliberating on this devilishly diffident demerit point dvandva.

Perusing a post about time, it hit me full face like a flying effluxion going backwards.

If someone gains demerit points for naughtiness then they incur points but if time travels and they no longer have demerit points they lose demerit points by standing still and howling at the moon racing cross the sky, ergo and ipse dixit, they excur demerit points.

All the while whilst stationary without stationery.

cherrie
 
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Reply Sun 25 Aug, 2019 11:29 pm
@nacredambition,
Damn, I didn't think of that.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Mon 26 Aug, 2019 10:14 pm
@cherrie,
The way Donald Trump uses it.
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vikorr
 
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Reply Tue 27 Aug, 2019 08:30 pm
Pet peeves. Hmmm...if I had to read someones writing?
- not using or understanding paragraphs

If I had to check someones written work:
- not understanding the difference between s & c in practice and practise (and similar words)
- disorganised structure
- using subjective words where specifics are needed (eg 'rather long' rather than specific distance, where the distance is important)
- probably a heap of other things.

Of peoples beliefs/ideas:
- that inquiry or enquiry are correct and not the other (both are correct)
- that there isn't a structure to written english (it's insane, but even on this forum, several people can't see the structures they use in their own language)
- probably a heap of other things

Of peoples behaviours:
- lack of english language manners (general, rather than upper class)
- hypocritical language use (this is usually related to structures / formats)

All that said, I don't find them particularly annoying unless the person is presenting themselves as an intellectual or superior, but not.
nacredambition
 
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Reply Thu 5 Sep, 2019 08:19 pm
@vikorr,
Supercede instead of supersede.

Mysogynist instead of misogynist.

And this absolute pearler from the perennially perfect.

Quote:
I have never been wrong and you can't site one time I have been wrong. The fact that the NRA. Is a front for the gun industry is a fact.
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