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Archadia
Posted: Saturday, November 05, 2011 7:11:13 AM

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double negatives, "not going nowhere" or "im not doing nothing" Grrr that annoys me lol ;)
DLizze
Posted: Saturday, November 05, 2011 2:01:36 PM

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Danand wrote:
I just remembered my all time favourite Winston Churchill quote regarding proper English usage. In reference to the commonplace but technically incorrect practice of ending a sentence with a preposition he said:

"That is the kind of pedantic nitpicking, up with which I will not put."



Bernard Shaw is supposed to have once either said or written, "A preposition is a fine thing to end a sentence with."


"There's only three tempos: slow, medium and fast. When you get between in the cracks, ain't nuthin' happenin'." Ben Webster
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Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012 3:21:34 PM

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Bump, particularly for people who "could care less", when in fact, they "couldn't care less".

[/grammar nazi] f-hihi
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Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012 4:21:54 PM

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WellMadeMale wrote:
Can I aks you a question?


Yay for WMM!

I also find it curious that people say "regards" rather than "regard". (i.e.: "With regards to your application...")
The only time you say "Regards" is when you are giving them, i.e. "Give my regards to your mother." or "Best regards, Tim"

The same is true with "toward"...except, there is no need for the addition of the "s". 'Towards' is improper English, entirely.

I also find the word "irregardless" annoying. It's just a peculiar, confusing word, and has no proper use (in my 2-cent opinion) where regardless can be used.

And maybe someone has already posted this, but "Have your cake and eat it too". That makes no sense. If you have cake, of course you will eat it! But to eat it, and then still have it is another story.

It's actually, for modern accuracy, "Eat your cake and still have it", or "Eat your cake and have it too" (John Heywood: “Wolde ye bothe eate your cake, and haue your cake?”; 1500s) But when you say it, the other phrase is so common that people just assume you are stupid lol. How is that for irony?

There are so many others...but right now I am drawing a blank.


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Makalahia
Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012 4:52:03 PM

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At the top of my list is the use of third-person plural when third-person singular is correct. "When you bring your child to the sleepover, check to see that they brought their toothbrush." He or she and his or her is correct.
Makalahia
Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012 4:58:52 PM

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I have NEVER heard of a woman giving birth to an adult. Why, then, does the dialog proceed as follows?

"Congratulations! I heard that your wife gave birth. What did she have?"
"A baby girl."
Makalahia
Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012 6:47:57 PM

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I have NEVER heard of a woman giving birth to an adult. Why, then, does the dialog proceed as follows?

"Congratulations! I heard that your wife gave birth. What did she have?"
"A baby girl."
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Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 6:09:56 PM

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Makalahia wrote:
I have NEVER heard of a woman giving birth to an adult. Why, then, does the dialog proceed as follows?

"Congratulations! I heard that your wife gave birth. What did she have?"
"A baby girl."


Perhaps they were expecting the woman to have a pterodactyl.
DirtyMartini
Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 6:46:16 PM

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DLizze wrote:


Bernard Shaw is supposed to have once either said or written, "A preposition is a fine thing to end a sentence with."


I have to admit I'm rather challenged when it comes to stuff like this, but I got a hard time recently from an editor for ending a sentence with the word "it" in my story "Sexual Healing"...

Is "it" one of those proposition thingies?


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Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 6:57:23 PM

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It drives me bonkers when people say things like, "It needs washed." No, it does not. "It needs washing."

"It needs turned off." No! "It needs turning off."

Damn them. At least when I use bad grammar and madey-uppy words, I usually do it on purpose, not because I'm simply incompetent (that's only one small element).


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CrossOfStAndrew
Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 7:51:26 PM

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"I could care less".....they mean "I COULDN'T care less."
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Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 9:21:40 PM

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jeet yet?? Did you eat yet???

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Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012 2:11:58 PM

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How about "another words" when it should be "in other words". I barely notice it when somebody says that, but when I see it written, my brain hits a speed bump.

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naughtiestmommy
Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012 3:25:26 PM

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DirtyMartini wrote:


I have to admit I'm rather challenged when it comes to stuff like this, but I got a hard time recently from an editor for ending a sentence with the word "it" in my story "Sexual Healing"...

Is "it" one of those proposition thingies?


Dirty, you are completely fine ending a sentence with it. It is not a preposition, it's a noun. "I could not care less about it." "I meant to bring dinner home, but forgot about it."



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DirtyMartini
Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012 10:35:42 PM

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naughtiestmommy wrote:


Dirty, you are completely fine ending a sentence with[b] it.


Thanks...apparently my editor didn't think so though...oh well, I fixed it...


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Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012 10:55:57 PM

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DirtyMartini wrote:
Thanks...apparently my editor didn't think so though...oh well, I fixed it...


laughing9 You're incorrigible.

To be serious for a moment, however, it may have been just that particular sentence the editor didn't want to end with it. Sometimes the flow of a piece is disrupted even when the writing is grammatically correct, and the art of good editing lies in being able to pinpoint those instances and suggest corrections.

Maggie Rascal
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Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 12:30:27 AM

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CrossOfStAndrew wrote:
"I could care less".....they mean "I COULDN'T care less."


some times i could care less, i just don't feel like putting in the effort to care that little. drunken

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Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 5:03:24 PM

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For all in tense and porpoises

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Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 5:07:23 PM

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This thread doesn't cut the mustard.
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Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 5:44:23 PM

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LadyX wrote:
This thread doesn't cut the mustard.


Oh, that was bad...I see I missed a lot here, let me try to ketchup...


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nicola
Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 6:15:37 PM

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WellMadeMale wrote:
For all in tense and porpoises


You have been found guilty as charged for 2 counts of "could care less" in posts, when the correct phrase should be "couldn't care less".

sign0024


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Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 6:22:17 PM

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WellMadeMale wrote:
For all in tense and porpoises


I always thought the correct phrase was "in tents and porpoises"...Regaeman Man




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Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 7:09:06 AM

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Should this thread be renamed "Phrases you wish people would get correct"? Or am I being needlessly stupid and pedantic?
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Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 9:05:09 AM

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Shylass wrote:
It drives me bonkers when people say things like, "It needs washed." No, it does not. "It needs washing."

"It needs turned off." No! "It needs turning off."

Damn them. At least when I use bad grammar and madey-uppy words, I usually do it on purpose, not because I'm simply incompetent (that's only one small element).


Haha, that made me laugh!
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Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2012 8:12:18 AM

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When I ask my boss a question like, "Are there any more of these forms?" and her reply is, "Yes, it's some in the cabinet."

It's? argue

The following are words not phrases, but they annoy me.

Specifically - I hear people pronounce it 'pacifically' and I just cringe.

Leery - My boss says 'weary' instead of leery...I am weary of her saying it that way!!!!

d'oh!

http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/style-and-usage/mispron.html
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Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2012 8:51:24 AM

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You send people your regards (good wishes). When discussing something it is "with (or in) regard to", not the plural.

T_Elle
Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2012 10:49:27 AM

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In writing, I hate the careless use of their/there/they're, to/too/two, your/you're, and the like.

I also tend to get extremely annoyed when an author ends a sentence with a preposition, especially in a third person narrative. I've read many stories where the language is used in the manner in which the person is speaking, which I love, because you can actually hear the voice in your head as you read. When reading some of Lush's amazing authors from the UK, for example, they have an amazing ability to portray a lovely Scottish brogue. That means you, Clum!!! happy8

But in a third person narrative, I like the language to be clean, with proper grammar and spelling, so there is no distraction from the story. My 2 cents
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Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2012 2:47:53 PM

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Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2012 8:18:54 PM

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SITTING wrote:
'For God's Sake!' It's NOT 'For God's Sakes!'... at least where I come from.


Unless they have more than one god, but then it should be, "For the gods' sakes."

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