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ESP
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0 posted 06-10-2003 08:50 AM       View Profile for ESP   Email ESP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ESP

What are yours?

My biggest at the moment is when people write "your" when they mean "you're"...I know it's only an apostrophe and an e missing but they are completely different!!!!!!! Hehehehe sometimes it does irk me though *checks back into the local mental institute*

I'd love to hear what peeves you people on the English front?

Luv, Liz xxx

"Gorge the honey from life, and live through the stomach aches knowing they will pass..." ~Liz Pinard 2003~

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1 posted 06-10-2003 01:48 PM       View Profile for a_hollowman   Email a_hollowman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for a_hollowman

The type of mistake I most despise is seeing Canadians who cannot write in Canadian. For those of you who don't understand what I mean, and to those who thought we all just speak english, here's what I mean.

First of all, Canadians don't speak American, nor do Americans speak Canadian. Canadians follow the British vocabulary, yet have particular pronunciations of certain words. In British for example, garage is pronounced garage (rhymes with carriage), with a different accentuation on the syllables.

In Canadian (Ca.), there are quite a few things different from American (Am.), here are a few examples.
1) khaki, in Am., it is khaki, as in the child term for um... feces. In Ca., it is pronounced as one would say
car-key. Alas , technically the opposite of a silent 'r' for those movie-goers amongst you.
2)lieutenant, in Am., it is lieutenant, you all know this one, but in Ca., it is pronounced left-tenant, and you can ask any Canadian registered in the Army for that one.


So there you have it, just two examples of our cultural differences, but there are many, many more out there, such as most ords with a suffix 'or', like color or armor. In Canadian, it is spelled colour, or armour, or neighbour. And it bothers me to see people who aren't aware of these meaningless things. Weird huh? Sigh*
Regardless, I finish with a little literary conundrum for your friends. See if they can explain why laughter doesn't sound so happy with 's' in front of it.

                 -- a_hollowman

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2 posted 06-10-2003 01:59 PM       View Profile for JP   Email JP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JP's Home Page   View IP for JP

Simple grammatical faux pas I guess:

There instead of their
Your instead of you're
are instead of our


I guess I'm all about possession...

Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.
Nil Desperandum, Fata viem invenient

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3 posted 06-10-2003 09:00 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Alright instead of ALL RIGHT
Alot instead of A LOT...
Jamie
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4 posted 06-22-2003 09:00 PM       View Profile for Jamie   Email Jamie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Jamie's Home Page   View IP for Jamie

I wish we in the USA hadn't lost our "u"s.

Colour just seems so much more--- errr

colourful than color.
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5 posted 06-22-2003 10:18 PM       View Profile for Not A Poet   Email Not A Poet   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Not A Poet's Home Page   View IP for Not A Poet

I guess one of the things that irritates me most, because it comes from people who certainly should know better, is the television news casters who can't seem to maintain consistent tense even for the length of a single sentence. For example "John Doe CAME home from work, TAKES a gun and SHOT his wife, details at 10:00" Just makes me want to "slap them up side the head."

Ok, I came back with a second. I thought someone already covered it. Statements of the form, "Mother gave it to my brother and I." Seems so easy to get it right. I suppose we were so trained as little ones to not say "My brother and me accepted it from Mother." I know I have seen that mentioned somewhere here recently but couldn't find it.



Pete

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6 posted 07-19-2003 02:19 AM       View Profile for Essorant   Email Essorant   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Essorant's Home Page   View IP for Essorant

This.  

Also, sayings like these:

"I didn't say nothing about that"  

"None are..."

When words are corrupted and used very opposite their root meaning.  Here are some words/meanings I think should be restored:
Madam (my dame), gay (bright, lively), nymph (young woman), fond (foolish), nice (foolish), buxom (submissive), shrewd (shrewed) arrive (come to the rivage)
  

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7 posted 07-23-2003 11:08 PM       View Profile for Jamie   Email Jamie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Jamie's Home Page   View IP for Jamie

"I could care less" when what they should be saying is "I could not care less".

just one of many --lol


There is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar.
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One of my English major friends loved to use the "I could care less" line, but she used it differently.
She'd use it correctly (or close to correctly) in a sentence to make her point. Basically she used could as it is defined (to be able to do something).

"I could care less, but I couldn't care more."

"I could care less, but then I'd fail the course."

I always thought it was funny. My pet peeve is not so much people's bad grammer, but my computer's grammer. Specifically, Word and its often frustrating grammer check.  

Perseph1ne


"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind."
    -- Rudyard Kipling

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More loathly samples:

"Thusly..."  

"that is the bestst way"

"did you get your guys's meal yet?"

"yes, I seen that chick"

"some-one left their car lights on"

"It is ma'am, not madam"

"Whom is the author?"

"herebytowhereeversomuchforemoreoverforthwithinsom
uchnotwithstandingasafforetonotthematterwardment
ionedtheretoupon this is the policy"

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...There, their, and they're...
Jamie
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here hear

heh

J

There is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar.
byron

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12 posted 07-30-2003 02:23 PM       View Profile for Essorant   Email Essorant   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Essorant's Home Page   View IP for Essorant

Irregardless!  

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13 posted 07-30-2003 02:32 PM       View Profile for Essorant   Email Essorant   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Essorant's Home Page   View IP for Essorant

One more: the way the dictionary spells "four" without a "u" in "fortnight" being a contraction from "fourteennight."  
What gives them dictionarians the right?!   Don't they use spellcheck????

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I have a lot of people in my life with very little formal education.  For instance, my sister dropped out of school in the 8/9th grade because of illness....Not only do I not care if someone has their spelling/grammer correct, I know I mess up from time to time and I have approx. 18 yrs of formal education...There are so many other things to get peeved about in my opinion...

Susan C.
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The bird flies with it's wings.
The baby is crying, its hungry.

'Its' is used when showing ownership, and 'it's' is used when putting the words 'it is' together.

A common mistake that I find ALL THE TIME.

Such tears in a time of need, is not a reasonable term of sanity. It is but a reasonable term of human imperfection. Normal is what you make it.

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16 posted 08-21-2003 02:37 AM       View Profile for Essorant   Email Essorant   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Essorant's Home Page   View IP for Essorant

When grammar-pedants try to make it a grammatical rule to or not to use towards instead of toward; farther instead of further; instead of instead of in stead of, a stead of, a-stead of, or astead of; at unawares atstead of unawares;  declare tostead of declear; defile onstead of defoul; invisible in stead of unvisible, from hence, thence or whence instead of hence, thence, whence; ecstasy instead of extasy; I shall stead in of shall I; or any other little arbitrary trifles try to impose and turn into universal laws...!!

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I'm with jamie on the colour/color
and could care less/ could not care less.

Colour just looks nicer. to me anyway.

and the could care less, i've seen people do that on here a lot? to me, its saying the opposite of what they think theyre saying.

but then, I am one annoying grammatical error. I make mistakes all the time.

I can never spell recieve? did i spell it right? doubt it. don't capitalise my i's,
and so on. forgive me?

xxx

Instant karma's gonna get you.

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18 posted 06-15-2009 03:04 AM       View Profile for playing.with.crayons   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for playing.with.crayons

Someone frightened me the other day by saying "youse" is wending its way into the English Language.
Please, no.

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People who write "loose" instead of "lose"
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The insertion of "like" into every other line

"for free"

arrggg
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Myself and her went shopping...
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Nanners, I have NEVER heard anyone say myself and her went shopping, although I suppose anything can be said in a town like Foulmouth!
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quote:
Myself and her went shopping

Gawd, like, I soooo agree Nan - I hate dat shopping.
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Deer must be feeling better..

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