Friday, September 28, 2007
Grammar Snob Attacks!
I know that you will be shocked when I tell you poor grammar drives be batshit crazy. (I know, you are sitting there shocked.)

Today, on the radio, I heard a dj say "I could care less." What they meant, of course, was "I couldn't care less." If they could care less, they likely wouldn't feel the need to tell you about it.

Another one that simply makes my skin crawl:

~Ain't. It is so not a word. For example: let's consider the word let's. It is a shortened version of let us. It is a contraction, if you would like to correct grammar term. Another example is don't. Don't=do not. Using these examples, ain't=ai not. So there. As my mother used to say, "Ain't ain't a word." There are all sorts of arguments against my position on ain't, but I stand by my opinion.

What are your grammar pet peeves?

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13 Comments:

Blogger Mrs. Chili said...

Oh, this is SO the wrong question to ask ME!!

* I hate when people put apostrophes where they don't belong. It's not CD's or ID's - it's CDs and IDs.

* I can't STAND it when people screw up subject/verb agreement. "There's a million reasons why you shouldn't date that guy." The subject of that sentence is REASONS - plural - the verb should be "are," not "is." There are a million reasons...

* I dislike it when people can't figure out how to name themselves last in a list or which pronoun to use. It's not "Me and my sister went to the fair yesterday," it's "My sister and *I* went."

Grrrrr

Anonymous G-rant said...

I wrote about this a long time ago...

http://pepperguy.com/newblog/2002/08/16/an-old-g-rant/

There are many more little things, but "Could care less" is my all-time biggest pet peeve!

Blogger Leann said...

I have a few...

*The confusion between their and they're

*Same goes for your and you're

*As well as then and than

My best friend has said "supposIVEly" since the day I've know her and will not say it correctly no matter how many times I've corrected her.

Leann

Blogger Kizz said...

Heh, supposively. Mine says supposABly. Also hate. She also says Philadeplthia.

I actually say "I could care less" but always in the manner of a joke. "I COULD care less but first I'd have to care at all." or "I could care less but I think I'd need to take a class." Stupid but they KILL at parties with freakish intellectuals.

Anonymous Bat Man said...

I like bugging people who get worked up by bad grammar... by using bad grammar of course.

Actually, I don't have any peeve's, but I like using language as it once was used, not that it was used correctly.

For Instance: You want I should take care of these grammar fools for you?

That's all I have.

Anonymous Organic Mama said...

Yeah, I'm also not the one to ask, because I have been known to blurt out corrections to people who really ought to bloody well know better. Like my husband, my dashin, obnoxious and curly-haired geek, who persists in saying things like, "Give it to Mommy and I," or the subject verb offense ... Sometimes, I do it to strangers as a reflex... (eek) When things like "her and I" and "him and me" are uttered sloppily by my students, I growl.

Blogger The Grammar Snob said...

I can't believe I forgot this one:
irregardless. HATE. Not even a word.

Blogger Liam Baldwin said...

People who don't know the difference between 'Imply' and 'Infer' and get 'Fewer' and 'Less' mixed up. And apostrophe abuse. Like this spectacular one I photographed recently.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There ARE lots of arguments...not there is lots of arguments.

Blogger The Grammar Snob said...

Holy crap - you're right....editing....

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Anonymous Melanie said...

I hate when people say "underwears" for more than one pair of underwear. My husband does this, and now that he knows it drives me absolutely crazy, he says it even more.

He also says "supposABly".

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say "supposively" and have always said it that way. I just had a know-it-all friend harp on me for saying it that way (and if we weren't in public I probably would have said a few other words that aren't in the dictionary to them).

Generally, my grammar and spelling are spot on, but I guess with this word I've always said it this way. I think it sounds and looks much better, and I dont really care if it's "wrong". Until I meet the person who created the English language, I can say it how I want to. It's one word I say incorrectly.

I appreciate speaking languages the way intended, but really, for you who make a big fuss on that word, please just keep it to yourself. Nobody likes a know-it-all because nobody 'knows it all' and if you did you might as well die and put yourself in the bible.

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