Comments on "Petty Peevishness II" - Faerye Net 2005-04-20T08:59:31+00:00 Re: Oooh! Ooh! 2005-04-20T08:59:31+00:00 2005-04-20T08:59:31+00:00 <p>Ooh yeah&#8230;I especially like how that&#8217;s a mistake people make when they are trying to be more &#8216;proper&#8217; or &#8216;formal&#8217; than usual&#8230;there are some other ones like that, though I can&#8217;t think of another example just at present.</p> felicity Oooh! Ooh! 2005-04-20T07:56:11+00:00 2005-04-20T07:56:11+00:00 <p>How about irregardles??? Hehehe. I just have to hide my chuckle when I hear that one. I suppose you could say, &#8220;I really like the squirrel&#8217;s ear, regardless of its mutant qualities&#8230;&#8221; HA!</p> lindsey Re: My Own Petty Peevishness (well... ONE of them, anyway) 2005-04-18T10:47:24+00:00 2005-04-18T10:47:24+00:00 <p>Yes, it does rather spoil the effect. I seem to recall that perplexing me as a child.<br /> <br /> Of course, some of us have a bad habit of taking grammar at face value even when the incorrect usage is colloquially accepted; for instance, my brain <em>always</em> parses &#8216;I can&#8217;t see me lovin&#8217; nobody but you for all my life&#8217; (in &#8216;So Happy Together&#8217;) literally, which rawther puts a damper on the spirit.</p> felicity My Own Petty Peevishness (well... ONE of them, anyway) 2005-04-17T19:10:48+00:00 2005-04-17T19:10:48+00:00 <p>I hate it when people say &#8220;I could care less&#8221; in a sneery superior way, in an attempt to say they DON&#8217;T care about something. Either they don&#8217;t understand the laws of subtraction, or they don&#8217;t understand simple English. Maybe both. Stupid sneeryness is totally unbecoming, and absolutely shatters the image of superiority they think they are projecting.</p> LadyLong Re: I've missed this 2005-04-15T15:53:02+00:00 2005-04-15T15:53:02+00:00 <p>As I said, when first I encountered it I thought it was just one person. But it is fairly pervasive, at least within the Business World. Perhaps it&#8217;s a propagating error-meme within the capitalist organism.</p> felicity I've missed this 2005-04-15T14:47:54+00:00 2005-04-15T14:47:54+00:00 <p>Maybe I have just run with the wrong crowd, but I can&#8217;t say I have ever heard this grammatical slip. It is also possible that I filtered it out, as I am inclined to do from years of practice living in a region where bad grammar was much more prevalent than proper grammar.</p> grizelda Re: Top 10? 2005-04-15T12:40:09+00:00 2005-04-15T12:40:09+00:00 <p>I have seldom seen #4 or indeed #5&#8230;but some of those, such as #s 2 and 3, put my teeth on edge!<br /> <br /> However, people&#8217;s inability to use apostrophes, and even the common nature of the confused words, make me understand the confusion a little better. For some reason, I really don&#8217;t UNDERSTAND &#8216;up &#38; coming&#8217; for &#8216;upcoming&#8217;. This thing is &#8216;coming up&#8217;! It&#8217;s not &#8216;up&#8217; already! <strong>sniffle</strong></p> felicity Top 10? 2005-04-15T11:21:40+00:00 2005-04-15T11:21:40+00:00 <p>I believe you could compile one of those, actually, on wich words and phrases people are unable to discriminate between. For starters, I might suggest:</p> <ol> <li>there vs. they&#8217;re</li> <li>its vs. it&#8217;s</li> <li>your vs. you&#8217;re</li> <li>cant vs. can&#8217;t</li> <li>send vs. sent</li> <li>to vs. too</li> </ol> <p>I&#8217;m sure you (perhaps with help from your readers) will be able to complete the list, and probably even expand it to a top 25 or top 100. Gruesome prospect, I know.</p> GreyStork