Posts tagged with "petty peevishness" - Faerye Net 2009-01-28T16:37:33+00:00 Felicity Shoulders Petty Peevishness VI 2009-01-28T16:37:33+00:00 2009-01-29T14:08:38+00:00 <p>Dear sweet English. You&#8217;re such an enthusiastic language. You like to grab. But it&#8217;s good to take care of the things you borrow from other languages, even if those languages confuse you.</p> <p>It is unacceptable to fail to pronounce consonants in French words and phrases simply because French has more silent letters than English does.</p> <p>It is wrong to pronounce &#8220;the blow of mercy&#8221; &#8220;the blow of grease&#8221;. Especially on national radio. The momentary blindness of wrath could cause a pedant to crash her car.</p> <p><strong>Coup de grace.</strong> Grahss. GrahSSSSSSSS. Please. For automotive safety.</p> Petty Peevishness V 2007-01-19T09:15:53+00:00 2009-01-28T16:38:49+00:00 <p>I can&#8217;t believe this is even making it to my petty peeves, but I just can&#8217;t take it anymore.</p> <p>Cars have brakes. <b>Brakes brakes brakes</b>. Metaphors generally have brakes too. &#8216;Put on the <b>brakes</b>&#8217;, not the &#8216;breaks&#8217;. Please, for my poor nerves.</p> <p><em>sob</em></p> Petty Peevishness IV 2006-11-12T18:03:04+00:00 2009-01-28T16:38:40+00:00 <p>The internet sure does this often enough, but the final straw came from, of all things, <em>Analog Science Fiction &amp; Fact Magazine</em>! If I can&#8217;t expect them to keep mathematical terms separate from non-mathematical terms, who can I trust?</p> <p>You see, <a href="" target="links">discrete</a> means separate, distinct, noncontinuous. <a href="" target="links">Discreet</a> means prudent, modest, cautiously silent. When someone says a person is &#8216;discrete&#8217;, I have a vision of that person scattered across a Cartesian plane in pieces. Please, save me from gory geometrical visions! Use these words correctly!</P> Petty Peevishness III 2006-11-01T16:41:58+00:00 2009-01-28T16:38:34+00:00 <p>Internet, we need to talk again.</p> <p><b><a href="">Withdrawal</a></b> is a word which means &#8220;the act of taking back or away something that has been granted or possessed,&#8221; &#8220;removal from a place of deposit or investment,&#8221; &#8220;the discontinuance of administration or use of a drug,&#8221; &#8220;retraction,&#8221; &#8220;revocation,&#8221; <span class="caps">MANY</span> <span class="caps">MANY</span> <span class="caps">THINGS</span>.</p> <p>Not one of those things can be said to be meant by the word &#8216;withdrawl&#8217;. The only thing &#8216;withdrawl&#8217; means is that legions of grammar and spelling pedants (and we are legion indeed) just lost one more millimeter of tooth enamel, and that somewhere, for a split second, someone wanted to hit you with a cricket bat.</p> <p>Withdrawal, people. With-draw-AL.</p> Petty Peevishness II 2005-04-15T08:53:59+00:00 2009-01-28T16:38:24+00:00 <p>This annoyance is not brought to you from <a href="" target="links">the web</a>, but rather from the Wide World of Business. At my first permanent job, I thought this error was simply a strange mistake of a co-worker&#8217;s; now that I have entered said w.w. of b., I seem to see it everywhere.</P><p><a href="" target="links"><b>upcoming</b></a>: Occurring soon; forthcoming.</p> <p><a href="" target="links"><b>up and coming</b></a>: Showing signs of advancement and ambitious development (often, something which has achieved some measure of success &#8212; &#8216;up&#8217; &#8212; and is on its way to more.)</p> <p>This really, truly, does not seem so difficult to me. And yet it seems that every single bleedin&#8217; thing that will happen soon is &#8216;up &amp; coming&#8217;. Well, world, let me inform you (by posting it on the internet where you won&#8217;t see it) this week&#8217;s lunch specials are <span class="caps">NOT</span> marked by signs of ambitious development! Neither is a meeting of store managers on its way to greatness merely because it will transpire this month! <a href="" target="links">Promising band</a>? Up and coming. <a href="">Bad movie release</a>? Upcoming. <a href="" target="links">Christopher Nolan</a>? Up and coming. Trip to the grocery store? Upcoming. I know you can do it, world!</p> Petty Peevishness I 2004-08-19T14:10:16+00:00 2009-01-28T16:38:09+00:00 <p>We all know that the Web is full of horrible spelling and grammar. However, some instances, for whatever reason, hurt me more than others. Here is one such:</p> <p><b>rein</b> <em>(n.)</em><br><br /> <br /> 1. A long narrow leather strap attached to each end of the bit of a bridle and used by a rider or driver to control a horse or other animal. Often used in the plural.<br /><br /> 2. A means of restraint, check, or guidance.<br /><br /> 3. A means or an instrument by which power is exercised. Often used in the plural: the reins of government.</p> <p>Now, people, I do realize you may live in places where horses have long since disappeared, but <em>do</em> make an effort to spell this word in a way that makes sense! While the Boy King George does seem to be afraid of horses, that doesn&#8217;t mean that we can&#8217;t spell the word correctly when we refer to him as having &#8216;the reins of power.&#8217; Thank Providence, said Boy King does <span class="caps">NOT</span> have multiple &#8216;reigns,&#8217; and, if we are lucky, shall have neither two four-year reigns, nor two concurrent reigns in different countries, in manner of European dual-monarchs. Further more, unless the Justices have taken up residence in the excrescence&#8217;s spleen or other sensitive region, I have no idea how the Supreme Court of the United States can be urged to &#8216;reign in the President.&#8217;</p> <p>Please, make a note of it, Mr. Internet!</p>