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    Quote Originally Posted by RiffRaffMama View Post
    Oh joy! A thread for me Where to start? I'm quite (that's quite, not quiet! ) a grammar Nazi usually, so I get embarrassed when my phone's auto correct makes me type something stupid. Not all grammar and spelling errors are deliberate.
    Still, I plan to kick back and enjoy this thread, thank you!
    Quote Originally Posted by EmyB View Post
    I really dislike when people don't use capital letters. How petty is that?!

    Severe dislikes:

    - incorrect use of apostrophes
    - their/they're/there
    - "Me and Johnny went to the park" instead of "Johnny and I went to the park"
    - similar to above, when people "over-correct" and it becomes "Grandma gave Johnny and I some cake" instead of the correct "Grandma gave Johnny and me some cake".

    I reckon the best way of understanding this rule is to remove the other person's name in your head, then it's easier to determine whether you're supposed to use "me" or "I".

    My Mum was an English teacher and her grammar-Nazi ways rubbed off on me.

    I DESPISE and ABHORRE the use of the word n@zi

    To liken the bad use of grammar to the murder of several million people is in poor taste.

    If we are all so good at our use of the english language, then please extend your minds a little and use a more appropriate word - here's a few to help you along:

    pedant, purist, obfuscator, scholar, nitpicker, theoretician, sophist, hairsplitter

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    In my experience, most people are annoyed by one thing or another. Be it slow driving, tuneless whistlers or people wearing harem pants, most of us have something that irks us. Most of us also don't hold anything against the people who do these things, it's the things themselves that annoy us.

    I'm a first generation Australian, my paternal grandmother spoke no English at all. In my previous employment I worked closely with international students. I am the last person to judge anyone who has trouble with language, but for me language is a passion and a part of my soul. I'm sure many a food lover would be horrified with my attempts at baking, and any decent sewer would sooner stick a needle in their eye than look at my children's hems. I'm not offended by this; we all have different levels of interest and talent in different areas, and if I saw them writing a "vent" thread I would either a) steer clear of it; or b) head on in for a laugh and to get some tips.

    When I see many of the various mistakes outlined in this thread, a little part of me goes "argh!". It would appear this is true for many hubbers, considering the popularity of the thread. Should we stifle this and feel ashamed of our pedantic natures, or can we use this forum as a fun way of sharing our pet hates? As has already been pointed out, a thread like this can also serve as a way of educating those who do make certain mistakes, should that be their wish.

    It is true that a dictionary only has so many uses, so let me share the Grammar Girl website with anyone hoping for a better understanding of grammar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WorkingClassMum View Post
    I DESPISE and ABHORRE the use of the word n@zi

    To liken the bad use of grammar to the murder of several million people is in poor taste.

    If we are all so good at our use of the english language, then please extend your minds a little and use a more appropriate word - here's a few to help you along:

    pedant, purist, obfuscator, scholar, nitpicker, theoretician, sophist, hairsplitter
    I tend to agree with you and generally avoid the term, however it is now considered legitimate to use it as people have in this thread.

    In addition to "a member of the National Socialist German Workers' Party", The Oxford Dictionary describes "Nazi" as "a person with extreme racist or authoritarian views" and "a person who seeks to impose their views on others in a very autocratic or inflexible way".

    http://oxforddictionaries.com/view/e...m_en_gb0550640

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barefooted View Post
    Ok So I haven't read the whole thread but I was recently taught something by my cousin. Please excuse the implied lewdness of the following.

    Capitalisation, The Difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse & helping your uncle jack off a horse.

    &

    Punctuation, The difference between Let's eat, Grandma & Let's eat Grandma.

    I have become more aware of my capitals & punctuation since I saw them the other day.
    the bolded bit- i snorted. in the midst of a convo that's happening here about teens and alcohol. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by WorkingClassMum View Post
    I DESPISE and ABHORRE the use of the word n@zi
    I abhor incorrect spelling Sorry, couldn't help myself

    But I agree with lambjam - it's a word which has more than one accepted (and commonly used) meaning.

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    Just because an ignorant few chose to normalize a word usage DOES NOT MAKE OKAY. Regardless of how the NP started it was their actions 'till the end that will always make the word synonymous with murder and WW2 atrocities which can never be equated with a few spelling mistakes. If you all so clever - find another more apt word

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    Quote Originally Posted by WorkingClassMum View Post
    Just because an ignorant few chose to normalize a word usage DOES NOT MAKE OKAY. Regardless of how the NP started it was their actions 'till the end that will always make the word synonymous with murder and WW2 atrocities which can never be equated with a few spelling mistakes. If you all so clever - find another more apt word
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    Quote Originally Posted by WorkingClassMum View Post
    Just because an ignorant few chose to normalize a word usage DOES NOT MAKE OKAY. Regardless of how the NP started it was their actions 'till the end that will always make the word synonymous with murder and WW2 atrocities which can never be equated with a few spelling mistakes. If you all so clever - find another more apt word
    Well that's what this thread is about, isn't it? Spelling, grammar, misused words. I must say though, if I had responded to the words that I dislike in such an aggressive manner I would have been at the pointy end of all sorts of criticism (for example, I may have been accused of having a holier-than-thou, I-know-it-all-so-why-don't-you attitude).

    While we're on the topic of words (or non-words) that we hate... irregardless drives me nuts!

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    This thread is wonderful. I always read the best threads when all the discussion has stopped. But I had to add my own little neurosis...I know I am so far from perfect and always slack on spelling in texts/on BH. I think most of you in this thread understand grammar a lot better than I do. Before I was with DP, if a guy came and chatted me up with bad grammar or pronounced words in a way that annoyed me, I would blow him off no matter how cute he was.

    Irregardless makes me lose my head. As well as 'legit'. And when companies make mistakes in their billboards or adverts. If you were paying big $$ for an ad, wouldn't you make sure it was correct first?

    I also can't read a novel where the author uses caps lock too often. Like in the Twilight books. Or too many !!!!!!!! THAT MAKES ME CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!


 

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