Does anyone else HATE the slang word "yanno"? I have always loathed it! I can handle many of the other little internet slang words, but that one makes my skin crawl. Hate it.
Oh dear - guilty! I use that. Kind of in a tongue-in-cheek way but I still do.
I tell you what my DH hates, makes him murderous, is when people abbreviate things like `devastated' to `devo' and `serious' to `seri' (this one I do to annoy him), and `definitely' to `deffo' etc. He thinks it's the ultimate in okka booner Australianism and it drives him wild!
Although having said that, he abbreviates `avocado' to `avo' and can't see the parallels at all...
(My English friend had the same in reverse, when people couldn't get enough of his Cockney slang and constantly begged him to say things like "shine me shoes, guv!")
Oh, but... I can't stand abbreviations for food. Not sure why, but anything like 'spag bol', 'mac cheese' (sorry if you're reading this Macncheese!), 'nanas', or - I am sorry to say - 'avo' causes me a little bit of pain inside.
Oh, Girl X you reminded me, has anyone else noticed that sometimes weather people on TV abbreviate temperature to "temp/temps"?? For crying out loud, can they not just say "temperature"? It sounds so unprofessional for a news presenter to say "temp".
Ahhhhhhh, a thread full of like-minded people! I cannot deny that I am also a Grammar Nazi!
My personal pet peeve is the misuse of the apostrophe. When I see it hanging in a word, denoting possession, I think to myself "poor, little apostrophe. You don't belong there!" and then I cry a little deep, down inside.
My second biggest pet peeve is "net speak". I saw a doctor friend write on Facebook "How r u 2day?" and I wanted to weep for humanity!
In general, it gives me a giggle when people ask how to "pronounciate" something but I generally won't correct people although I used to when I was younger. I actually used to correct my Mum throughout my childhood/teens and then one day she told me it really embarrassed her and I felt awful.
I have a story from work today that I think you'll all like! I had this conversation with a co-worker.
Me: "Isn't the English language funny? I saw the word probable (as in 'possibly') and thought it was probable (as in 'able to be probed into'). It took me a second to realise it was probable (as in 'possibly'). It's so odd how words can be spelt the same way but pronounced differently and mean completely different things!"
Co-worker: "That is funny."
Me: "I always have the same problem with tear and tear."
Co-worker: "Yeah, like sweat and sweet!"
Me: *mental facepalm* "Yeah."
ROFL! I didn't want to be mean so I just laughed along with him and went back to my work.
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I just re-read my reply and it was very all over the shop so my apologies but it does segue (which for years I pronounced as "seeg") nicely into my absolute biggest pet peeve...when I make grammatical errors! I'm the kind of person who capitalises their Google searches and I've been known to delete and report a Facebook comment or status up to seven times before I'm happy with it!
Please tell me I'm not the only one who's like this? My life would be complete and so much easier if Facebook implemented an edit button!
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And the 't' is next to the 'r' on the keyboard so you could blame it on that too.
I read through 15 pages of this thread. I love it, and I agree with everything said so far.
I am the first to admit I am extremely petty when it comes to spelling and grammar. I have blocked 'friends' on FB because of their abysmal spelling or annoying, stream-of-consciousness posts.
I struggle not to correct people, but I know what they have to say is more important than whether they can spell it.
I quite enjoy reading Failbook (Failbook.com). There are some fantastic spelling and grammar fails.
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