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SoulBliss
09-14-2007, 02:02 PM
I thought it would be funny to list some of our pet peeves!

Here are a few of mine listed below.

When people use "ect" instead of "etc." when they mean "etcetera".

When people use "loose" when they mean "lose", as in "I want to lose weight.", not "This shirt is really loose!".

:lol:


Fess up! What are some of yours?


StillTryin
09-14-2007, 02:22 PM
bad grammar and blatant misspellings. I mean it is one thing to type slower than your brain can think, but to have consistant errors....like "the" being "hte"...stupid little things I know..lol

And sadly we are all guilty of most of this stuff...

Spinymouse
09-14-2007, 03:07 PM
1. TIN foil. I sometimes carry copies of the periodic table of the elements to hand out when people say this.

2. Baby talk.

So, please do not say you have a "nummy veggie sammie wrapped in tin foil" to give me. I might blow up.


StillTryin
09-14-2007, 03:15 PM
Spiney, that is TOOOOO FUNNY!!!!!!

kappy
09-14-2007, 03:17 PM
mine isn't so much on-line as just a general pet peeve. Axed. As in "I axed him that question!" You did what? Should I call the police or the paramedics or both?

On-line it would be more along the lines of "no" instead of know, "there" instead of they're or their. Although "loose" vs. lose is definitely a biggie!

Spinymouse
09-14-2007, 03:35 PM
oops
missed the "online" qualifier!

modkittn
09-14-2007, 03:36 PM
I think everyone should learn the difference between "lay" and "lie" !

NotTheCheat
09-14-2007, 03:46 PM
"u" and "ur"

I really love the fact that Firefox checks spelling in the browser. I really wish IE did this (for when I am at work).

4myloves
09-14-2007, 03:47 PM
People who start threads on topics that have been beaten to death rather than using the "SEARCH" feature.

4myloves
09-14-2007, 03:49 PM
Oh, and people who hijack threads.

4myloves
09-14-2007, 03:50 PM
And how about--

people who type reply after reply after reply instead of editing their original post to add all of their extra thoughts :lol:

Puncezilla
09-14-2007, 03:55 PM
PROLLY, I think probably is probably what they mean, I'm not sure why it bothers me so much. I know my spelling and grammer is far from perfect.

Also i instead of I. We all have typos but some people don't even try.

i thought i was prolly the only one bothered by silly little things like this:D.

Spinymouse
09-14-2007, 04:06 PM
i instead of I --
i or I have become much more tolerant about that and also guilty of it - after getting an iPhone (how iRonic!) and sending messages on its little keypad function.

walking2lose
09-14-2007, 04:24 PM
Hmm... yes, the lose/loose is ubiquitous on this site. I type quickly and very lazily, so I know my writing is not the best, but I agree that some of the spelling and grammar is atrocious.

And quite a few people seem to think 'alot' is one word. It's not. We would never write "I ate alittle ice cream," yet people consistently use "alot" when it should be 'a lot." A little. A lot. I didn't realize it, but I guess that would have to be my pet peeve.

alinnell
09-14-2007, 04:26 PM
Trolls.

We don't have many, if any, here on 3FC, but recently on another forum I belong to, a lot of us got suckered in by a Troll. She duped us, made us feel more than stupid (although naive is probably a better word for it). In the end, she got banned from the site.

Other than that, the use of incorrect grammar and some certain misspelled words does bother me (most of what has already been stated).

Oh, and Cheryl, too funny!!!

SoulBliss
09-14-2007, 04:40 PM
oops
missed the "online" qualifier!
Hey, post any pet peeve you have! They are all interesting and funny! :)

SoulBliss
09-14-2007, 04:41 PM
People who start threads on topics that have been beaten to death rather than using the "SEARCH" feature.

You had me worried there for a moment, then I double checked, and found that there were no recent unlocked threads on this topic currently. ;)

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/search.php?searchid=1499089

GirlyGirlSebas
09-14-2007, 04:45 PM
I tend to get annoyed by the person who psycho analyzes every single thing. Come on now.....I ate the d@#$ candy bar because I was feeling weak...not because my mother took my bottle away too early.

SoulBliss
09-14-2007, 04:48 PM
:yes: I know that I eat candy (or French fires or any other high fat and calorie food) because it tastes good and I like it, not because of some heavy, underlying tragedy that occurred when I was an infant.

NightengaleShane
09-14-2007, 04:49 PM
People who use intentionally bad grammar bother me. People who use unintentionally bad grammar bother me, too. So do misspellings of easy words and those who use "your" instead of "you're" :mad: People who are too lazy to capitalize slightly grind my nerves (though moreso if they ALSO forget punctuation) and those who use commas instead of periods make me not want to even read their posts!

Trolls tick me off, too, but they're rarely on this site! :D

On a non-grammar-related note, people who only post negative things also annoy me immensely.

lizziness
09-14-2007, 04:49 PM
I hate to say it - but whiners bug me. People who make multiple posts contstantly to give us an update of their personal life... also known as trolls perhaps? I mean, people have a hard time, and we're here for support and I want to help support people as much as anybody else ... but sometimes I run out of it, and patience. I guess I'm mean.

Also Anybody Who Feels The Need To Make The First Letter A Cap Drives Me Nuts!

If someone's grammar and spelling is really bad, I won't read their thread. Is that mean too?

alinnell
09-14-2007, 04:59 PM
Also Anybody Who Feels The Need To Make The First Letter A Cap Drives Me Nuts!


Lizziness~what I understand about this, it is the website that does this when the poster won't turn off the cap lock! But, I have to tell you, my DH does this when he writes! It is so hard to figure out what he's really meaning to capitalize!

4myloves
09-14-2007, 05:01 PM
Also Anybody Who Feels The Need To Make The First Letter A Cap Drives Me Nuts!

If someone's grammar and spelling is really bad, I won't read their thread. Is that mean too?

The first instance occurs (on this site, anyway) when people use their "caps lock" for an entire thread. Actually, that brings up another pet peeve of mine--people who feel the need to CONSTANTLY SHOUT AT ME THROUGH THEIR TYPING BY CAPITALIZING EVERY-SINGLE-WORD.

And, no, it's not mean to skip those threads--I do, too! (Well, I guess it could be mean, but at least we're in good company :) )

kaplods
09-14-2007, 05:13 PM
I used to get really annoyed by mispellings and horrible grammar. But then fibromyalgia hit my brain as well as my body, and now I literally have times when I lose my spelling ability. I find myself spelling words phonetically, even very simple ones. I'm constantly mixing up they're and their, and to, too, and two, which I haven't done since fifth grade. And one hand sometimes now gets ahead of the other when typing (thus words like hte), and you know I try to reread my post before submitting, but a lot of the time it seems I only catch it after it's out there for all the world to see.

I still feel that twinge of annoyance when I see those mistakes like loose instead of lose, and all the others mentioned, but now that the shoe is on the other foot sometimes, I'm a little more generous.

kaw
09-14-2007, 05:14 PM
"i thought i was prolly the only one bothered by silly little things like this"

u r so losen up or loose the attitud. :) (Just kidding, of course.)

I don't see it much on these boards, but "data is" drives me nuts. "Data" is plural for datum, so it should be "data are."

Adding an apostrophe before the s in a plural noun (e.g., "car's for sale") also makes me cringe.

I don't even bother to read posts in which every word is capitalized or none are.

A lot of things, really. :)

NewDay4MeToo
09-14-2007, 05:17 PM
This is not so much as an online thing, as a dieting community thing. I get really annoyed by some certain catch phrases that get used again and again. There is really nothing wrong with them... I don't know why it gets to me. So, here goes... "I'm going to do this to kickstart my weight loss," "I gained x pounds in 2 days, but I suspect most of it is water weight," "I have stayed the same weight for three days, I have hit a plateau..."

I have probably said all of those things, so I don't want to be overly critical. But some of the phrases that I read again and again bug me.

SoulBliss
09-14-2007, 05:20 PM
Newday, I also have a "catch phrase" that irritates me! I abhor it when people say that they "binged" when they only ate a few hundred calories extra beyond what they planned. :rolleyes:

freiamaya
09-14-2007, 05:21 PM
Starting a thread and getting NO RESPONSES!!!
Getting NO RESPONSES to a post to a thread - like noone reads them, they just read the first post and then flip to the end to respond! Thereby missing all the good and relevant responses in between!
(I don't expect a response to this post :) )

SoulBliss
09-14-2007, 05:28 PM
Freiamaya, getting no response to something I have replied to directly happens to me ALL the time (it's even happened already in this thread :lol: ). I think I must be invisible sometimes! :o

nicolen
09-14-2007, 05:30 PM
*responds to freiamaya* ;)

That can get annoying. I've said before in the 100 lb club that I should be called the official thread killer because the number of times I'm the last person to respond to a thread before it dies is phenomenal.

Grammar is a big one. I can ignore misspellings, although if I'm in a grumpy mood they do annoy me. What I can't ignore are people that do not capitalise proper nouns or the first word of a sentence and then type everything they have to say in one paragraph. I am probably not going to read that post as it's too much effort.

Those people who think that theirs is the only way or opinion is the only one that counts and shout down anyone who has something to say that's even remotely different from their point of view. Thankfully, we don't seem to see too much of this here - everyone seems to respect each other's point of view and while there are disagreements, everyone's polite about it.

Trolls that come just to cause chaos. Something we don't seem to have too many of here.

EZMONEY
09-14-2007, 07:32 PM
OMGoodness I must just drive you gals freakin' :crazy: CRAZY :crazy:

SoulBliss
09-14-2007, 08:25 PM
^^No, not at all! Once I started to "get" your sense of humor, I began to find you quite endearing. :)

GatorgalstuckinGA
09-14-2007, 08:30 PM
the all caps..screeming is definately a biggie of mine...

also people who feel the need to type in a god awful darn near impossible color to read on a white screen...it makes my eyes hurt.

and then for this site..people who ask for advice but then get defensive and upset when you give them legitimate, non critical advice???? trust me i'm hear to help but please don't get mad at me for my opinion.

Azure
09-14-2007, 08:40 PM
I'm a grammar freak, so I've found that a few things tend to bug me on forums:

-- No capitalization or punctuation in sentences (or both of these things in wrong places)

-- When people misuse homonyms (to, too and two / their, there and they're / site, sight, etc.)

-- When people abbreviate common words (u instead of you / ur instead of you are / y instead of why, etc.)

Those are my big ones. :) Then again, I'm an English major...so it makes sense that it bugs me. I'm not completely perfect in all of those categories, but I do my best to be!

GatorgalstuckinGA
09-14-2007, 08:43 PM
lol at azure. all my......'s must annoy you then.

WinterStarzz
09-14-2007, 08:54 PM
I have to go along with the grammar people. It truly drives me insane. I have become an editor to just about everyone I know, because apparently I am the only one who knows what a comma is. Holding shift while typing "i" isn't hard. Your does not equal you're. U will never be you. Periods are good for you. They help readers not go insane when they attempt reading your run-on sentences. A lot of people spell a lot incorrectly. TyPiNg Lyk DiS means you need to go far, far away from me for your own health. If you want to axe me something, don't be surprised if I start running, because I don't want to die. Iraq has nothing to do with racks, and Iran isn't a place you run to...if you are going to talk about it, know how to.

We all have a typo every now and then, it's not a crime. But if you catch it before you post, they made the delete button for a reason...it's not just a decoration. Beautiful though it may be.

I feel better now. :)

feelingroovy
09-14-2007, 09:01 PM
Ahhh, I can relate to so many of these peeves. What bothers me are the people who have numerous misspellings and even improper grammar and don't bother to do a simple spell check in another program, such as Microsoft Word or their mail program that has spell check. What's so hard about that? It takes only a few more seconds out of your time. You then simply copy and paste and there you have it! Now you don't look uneducated!

Your vs. you're is a biggie for me and everything azure said. Who vs. whom. Lose vs. loose is also a biggie, especially on this site because we're talking about losing weight! What's up with saying pregnate when you mean pregnant? WTF?

phantastica
09-14-2007, 09:33 PM
My pet peeve isn't really found in an online forum, but more of an email phenomenon. I dislike it when someone asks for my email address (thinking they actually intend to use it to communicate), and they start sending me random email forwards about angels, or predictions that only come true if I forward to half of my graduating class, or various other forms of internet lore. I usually reply to these emails with a link to an urban-legends page that debunks it.

Another pet peeve is when someone uses the TO: or CC: field instead of the BCC: field when sending out emails to a large group.

Oh! Another pet peeve: when people quote someone else's words and don't cite a source (even if it's just '--author unknown').

WaterRat
09-14-2007, 09:42 PM
Gosh, you've hit just about all of mine! :) I especially hate it when a whole post is one long paragraph - my eyes just can't track after 4 or 5 sentences. :lol:

jillybean720
09-14-2007, 09:42 PM
I've worked as a technical editor, so I tend to be kind of harsh about grammar and spelling errors (although I do understand the occasional typo, as even I am guilty of that when typing quickly).

Something I get bugged by a lot at work is that people tend to not understand the difference between "personal" and "personnel."

Also, people seem to think every plural acronym requires an apostrophe before the s. It doesn't. It actually rarely does.

Another one that is work related for me: I recently reviewed two candidate resumes where all numbers were spelled out. Only numbers up to ten should be spelled out; seeing "processed sixty thousand applications" or "performed fifteen hundred actions" just makes me wonder why you would want to do all that extra typing.

In addition to the "loose/lose" issue, I roll my eyes when I see people use "weight" instead of "weigh." I do not "weight" myself on the scale. I did not "weight" more today than yesterday. Oh, and no one EVER "weighted" any amount of pounds, nor did they "weighted" themselves earlier today!

Sandwich. It's one of the simplest words to spell, yet people seem to resort to baby talk ("sammich") or add extra letters ("sandwhich," "sandwitch"), making the word more complicated than it really is.

I've also encountered some people (moreso in real life, not online) who call any long sentence a run-on sentence. It's just incorrect. I could probably write a 100-word sentence and have it be grammatically correct. It would be long, but just because it's long does not make it a run-on. A run-on occurs when appropriate punctuation is missing, not simply due to high word count.

A HUGE peeve for me on these boards is people who respond to a thread without having read all the other responses in the thread. They often repeat the same things that have already been said, or they ask questions that have already been answered. I've repeated information in a thread before, but I always do so by including a simple phrase like, "as someone mentioned earlier..."

I'll stop now :^:

nicolen
09-14-2007, 10:02 PM
Jill, that's interesting about only writing numbers up to 10. I'm just wondering if that is one of those spelling and grammar things that's different between the US and here, because it was drilled into me that all numbers under a hundred should be written out and over a hundred numerals can and should be used. That's something that's rigidly enforced at work - I work for an insurance company - with the only exception being if we're referring to a particular section of the policy wording, ie section 2F.

EZMONEY
09-14-2007, 10:10 PM
PHANTASTICA I have personally sent multitudes to **** for not forwarding e-mails...sorry guys! ;)

I am guilty of most of what you are all talking about. In my behalf, I type so slow :snail: that as I am doing it I don't feel the need for commas.

I do allow myself "so many per post" though, so I kind of just throw them in at random....kind of like multiple choice...some will be correct.

My grammar totally annoys my Language Arts teacher wife ;)

Especially when I say..."I ain't got no fill in the blank.

aphil
09-14-2007, 10:11 PM
I have lots of online pet peeves. Some have to do with this forum, and some with other things, such as email, MySpace, etc.

~People who use colored fonts like yellow, or baby pink on the white background, and you bust a blood vessel trying to read their typing.

~People who email, or send me MySpace bulletins that are forwards that I don't give a rat's behind about-such as chain letters, poems, or something that has FW: in the title seven times already. Hey you out there-I don't read these! They go straight into the trash section of my email! :lol:

~Lose/Loose. This one, I have to admit, came from this forum. You want to LOSE weight, so your clothes will be LOOSE! ;)

~People on forums who have signatures that are a foot long. There is nothing wrong with having a signature, or a weight tracker, etc. but if you have uploaded 7 pictures of your kids, 3 of your cats, and have your name in glitter graphics on top...it's simply TOO MUCH. :lol: A lot of people still have dial up internet service, and I know that it takes their pages a lot longer to load when people do this as well.

~Spammers and phishers in my email. Apparently my eBay account has been hijacked-every single day, my account has been suspended at such-and-such bank where I don't even have an account, and I can get Viagra at an online pharmacy with no prescription. :rofl:

~eBay sellers who don't give you positive feedback right away when you pay. They wait until they see what feedback you are going to leave THEM first, and then give it. I think you should get positive feedback for paying promptly, as you should. If they don't mail your package for 3 weeks, or send you an item that isn't as promised, they shouldn't be able to hold feedback over your head.

~Trolls.

~People who start 7 threads on the same thing, instead of looking around to see if there is a thread on it already before they do.

~Slutty/trashy MySpace pages...

~People who type with the caps lock on, so that it is in all capitals...or on here, where they do that and it ends up like so:

Hi Everyone, How Are You All Today?

The first letter ends up in all caps, and it is really annoying.

~On the opposite end of that...people who don't capitalize ANYTHING.

I have more, but I'll stop. :lol:

phantastica
09-14-2007, 10:34 PM
Aphil! Ditto on the signature thing. Glitter Graphics - 'nuff said!

lizziness
09-14-2007, 11:29 PM
I actually hurt my moms feelings because when I finally couldn't take any more of her email forwards I sent her a link to thanksno.com
This site cracks me up, a nice polite but sarcastic request to never forward me anything again. I do hate them so.

I also hate music on any website- when I accidentally click on your myspace and some rap song about being a pimp or some country song about your divorce just starts playing out of nowhere I want to scream.

Giant Glitter names should be banned. :)

raebeaR
09-14-2007, 11:29 PM
My Pet Peeves:

People who don't know the difference between 'its' and it's.'

People who use the word, "healthy," when they mean "healthful." (Example: "I ate a healthy meal today." What? You mean the MEAL was healthy?? Or were YOU healthy because you ate a healthful meal??)

There is no such word as 'snuck.' The proper grammar is 'sneaked.' I know it sounds weird, but it's true.

People who say, "preventative," when they mean "preventive."

LOL, nicolen, I've spoken to you directly in threads using your name and you didn't reply to me. I assumed it was because you didn't see my post. I hope so, anyway. Guess the invisible thing happens to all of us. :)

I'll stop now. ;)

Rae

nicolen
09-14-2007, 11:36 PM
Oh, dear, Raebear. I don't remember seeing your responses before now. :o I'm so sorry.

I'll be a better munchkin from now on and pay more attention, I promise! :D

GatorgalstuckinGA
09-14-2007, 11:45 PM
btw what are trolls???? sorry maybe i'm not as internet savy...but that's a new term.

And btw..i'm soooo guilty of typos...i swear its my adhd.

SoulBliss
09-14-2007, 11:58 PM
I actually hurt my moms feelings because when I finally couldn't take any more of her email forwards I sent her a link to thanksno.com
This site cracks me up, a nice polite but sarcastic request to never forward me anything again. I do hate them so.


I WISH I would have known about that website last week! I have a very dear friend that kept sending me junk (chain letters even!!! :mad: ) even after I asked her not to do so, several times. I think she may have gotten the message after my last email to her though. :o

BattleAx
09-15-2007, 12:10 AM
I was nodding my head to most of the posts about grammar and word usage, until Raebear's post. Raebear, you surprised me with your post. I like that.

I have used "snuck" all my life. While I believe preventive is a better word, I didn't think preventative is incorrect. Also, I thought that healthful is a better word when describing nutritious food, I thought that healthy was used enough to become part of our lexicon. So, I went to dictionary.com to do some checking.

Here's a note in the entry for snuck:

—Usage note First recorded in writing toward the end of the 19th century in the United States, snuck has become in recent decades a standard variant past tense and past participle of the verb sneak: Bored by the lecture, he snuck out the side door. Snuck occurs frequently in fiction and in journalistic writing as well as on radio and television: In the darkness the sloop had snuck around the headland, out of firing range. It is not so common in highly formal or belletristic writing, where sneaked is more likely to occur. Snuck is the only spoken past tense and past participle for many younger and middle-aged persons of all educational levels in the U. S. and Canada. Snuck has occasionally been considered nonstandard, but it is so widely used by professional writers and educated speakers that it can no longer be so regarded.


Preventative is listed.

Here is a usage note about healthy:

Usage Note: The distinction in meaning between healthy ("possessing good health") and healthful ("conducive to good health") was ascribed to the two terms only as late as the 1880s. This distinction, though tenaciously supported by some critics, is belied by citational evidence—healthy has been used to mean "healthful" since the 16th century. Use of healthy in this sense is to be found in the works of many distinguished writers, with this example from John Locke being typical: "Gardening . . . and working in wood, are fit and healthy recreations for a man of study or business." Therefore, both healthy and healthful are correct in these contexts: a healthy climate, a healthful climate; a healthful diet, a healthy diet.

EZMONEY
09-15-2007, 07:42 AM
Such a cutie SOULBLISS ;)

Shy Moment
09-15-2007, 07:57 AM
My pet peeve would have to be cursing. Abbreviated or not it is still cursing and not necessary. I am not talking about hitting your thumb with a hammer and words comeing out of your mouth that you generally wouldn't say. I am talking about the cursing that goes on, all over the web, in posts.

jillybean720
09-15-2007, 08:18 AM
Battle, I get VERY annoyed with dictionary.com. While a helpful tool, they seem to add words and terms simply because they are used frequently, even if incorrect. I first discovered this when I found their entry for "dethaw." This is another peeve of mine, when people use this term. Just think about it--"de" mean to undo something, and we know what "thaw" means, so, by definition, "dethaw" really means you're going to FREEZE something. You can THAW or you can DEFROST meat, but DETHAW has no place in a correct English dictionary. And yet, there it is. I have a hard time accepting things as being correct simply because a lot of people use it incorrectly--if we keep doing so, then "u" and "y" and "idk" and "lol" will soon be entering our language as grammatically correct :dizzy: But that's just another peeve of mine--nothing against anyone personally (just mentioned Battle since she brought up Dictionary.com) :^:

That said...
People who say, "preventative," when they mean "preventive."
AMEN! I used to work on a writing/editing project for "Preventive Services" for Medicare. We ALWAYS spelled it "preventive," and yet there were people on our team who, even when READING it on the page, would ALWAYS say "preventative." Drove me INSANE!!

NewDay4MeToo
09-15-2007, 09:24 AM
I find this debate of semantics very interesting.

My husband seems to love debating word usage like this. Whenever we get into an argument, I will go to my best friend and ask her. My bf is an extremely intelligent woman who is also an English teacher. I have found, though, that she is amazingly liberal in her grammar. She thinks language is here for us to communicate, so if people are communicating clearly and getting their points across, then that is ok with her.

Now, lest you think she lets her students go around using "u" in their papers, she does not. But her personal beliefs are that if something is coming into popular usage, it tends to be accepted and added into the language, which is what has happened with many words in the past.

So if I want to know if the comma I'm using is correct, she can tell me, and she would tell her students. But her private, secret life is that she usually doesn't care. I think part of it is that she really is not a legalistic person, she cares about intent, not about following rules for the sake of following rules.

I'm not sure how I feel about it. I just tend to speak and write as well as I can.
-------
On another controversial word, I had a high school English teacher that really emphasized: Drapes are hung. A person is hanged. I always use hanged for a person being killed in that manner, but few do.

WinterStarzz
09-15-2007, 10:35 AM
Jillybean....

Dethaw is one of the most annoyingly incorrect "words" I have ever heard. Any time someone around me uses this, I feel it necessary to make them feel like an idiot.

Speaking of incorrect words...(FYI, this is not internet related, but still a peeve of mine.)

My favorite movie is The Wizard of Oz. But I get incredibly mad when the witch screams, "I'm melting, melting! What a world, what a world..." I want to slap her and say, "No, lady. You are sublimating. Get it straight if you're going to whine about it." And then the wizard actually responds to the lion, tin man, scarecrow, and Dorothy, upon hearing of the witch's death: "Oh, you liquidated her, eh?" To which they reply, "Y-y-yes sir." Really? Because what I saw was gas. No liquid. Solid to gas equals sublimation. Not melting. You're all dumb and need to ask the wizard for a brain. Forget hearts and courage and home.

princess_peach
09-15-2007, 10:37 AM
My online pet peeve is:

When you make a joke or are sarcastic in a post and someone feels the need to respond seriously. I know that it is usually difficult to tell when someone is joking/sarcastic but I think if I use a winking face, smiley, or quotations, it should be fairly obvious.

I recently posted and I said something like "I thought 1+1=2 ;)" in relation to calorie counting or whatever, and the next person felt the need to explain the laws of mathematics. :mad:


*Just a quick note about language usage: Remember that everything is constantly evolving--language is too. There are hundreds of words that are no longer is use from centuries ago. Additionally, there are hundreds of words that are used now that weren't around hundreds of years ago. You may think it's ridiculous that 'lol' is used so much but in 50 years it may be an "actual" word. The more something is said and written, the more likely it will become a "true" word.

Spinymouse
09-15-2007, 10:41 AM
This is getting to be very fascinating. I have always thought I was picky about grammar, but some of you are showing me up!

I used to hate the word "hopefully" used to mean "I hope that" but I just gave up and gave in and said, "so be it."

As for using a lower case "i" - I can remember back in the 60's, reading poetry where it was used intentionally, perhaps to indicate humility or insignificance, and it must have imprinted upon me during a formative time so that it does not bother me in casual writing, and I have done it.

Regarding junk mail, oh! I loathe those that instruct the recipient to send to x number of other people. I never understood this -- is there some online contest going on, that if your email gets forwarded a lot, you win a blender or something? I don't get it.

Also I detest recieving mail depicting hunk/beefcake photos of guys. It's embarrassing and I am not turned on or amused.

jo

walking2lose
09-15-2007, 10:43 AM
I'm sure you all love it when people "conversate" instead of "converse." It's amazing how often you hear people say this, even on tv! I think a lot of people simply slept through their English classes in school. Notice I used a lot as two words, not one. ALOT -- that's probably my biggest peeve. No one would think of writing "alittle of something," but they sure do love to write alot.

Also, it's a bit interesting to see all of the posting on this thread that have typos, spelling, and usage errors in them. It goes to show people can be pretty quick to point out flaws in others while not seeing those flaws in themselves. I'm sure I'm guilty of this too! Interesting thread!

Spinymouse
09-15-2007, 10:49 AM
By the way:

Why is it that people eat food
but farm animals eat feed?

alinnell
09-15-2007, 11:13 AM
Here's another one, but you rarely see it written--it's more of a spoken thing that irritates the heck out of me.

irregardless

That is NOT a word! The correct work is regardless. If you absolutely have to put an "ir" in there, you can use irrespective.

Thank you. I had to get that off my chest!

Slashnl
09-15-2007, 12:00 PM
Allison, that cracked me up. My Dad was a radio announcer way back in the day. He has since moved on, but when he hears anyone on radio or TV say irregardless, he steps back up on his soap box! ha!

I have to agree with "lose" and "loose". Drives me crazy.

Also, I saw a thread on this forum that makes me cringe. It's a game that is something about adding a word or something to the "sentance". Gah!! SENTENCE!!

:)

Who knew there were so many other grammar freaks out there? I feel sad when I see how it doesn't seem to matter or when idiotic words are added to the dictionary just because they are used often.

trekkiegirl
09-15-2007, 12:01 PM
I was an English major, too, so the previously mentioned grammar, spelling and usage peeves are my peeves as well, as is the fact that educators, and the whole system, seem more willing now to accept mediocrity. Either that or they don't know better themselves, which is just as bad.

Other peeves:
When you try to leave a website and return to a previous page by hitting the Back button and the same page just keeps reloading.
When you ask to be unsubscribed to various newsletters, mailings (and you do exactly what they say to do) but they continue to send you e-mail. I'm not even talking about the spammers, I'm talking about legitimate e-mails or things that I had previously signed up for that I no longer want to receive.
Those people who post porn links on other people's youtube sites. I've lost count of how many of those messages I've had to delete. :mad:

Lafayette
09-15-2007, 12:14 PM
Lizziness- I'm really sorry this if sounds like a response from "Ask a Linguist." Most languages use not only different nouns for food given to animals/people but also different verbs for "eating." Modern English no longer needs to be as specific but, in the past, agrarian societies needed to have a linguistic distinction (probably to keep the kids from eating the pig feed).

Please help me out- what's a troll?

I really hate ebonics, both verbal and written. I think the suggestion and later acceptance of inferior linguistic skills is the greatest insult ever made toward African Americans. I could scream thinking about all the great minds whose opinions may never be heard by dominant society because some grad student said it was not only acceptable but also African American culture to have poor verbal communication skills. How is this concept not racist just because it's proponents said so? Plus, I can't understand it...

Spinymouse
09-15-2007, 12:21 PM
Oh! This is fun.
Also, I have a hard time using phrases that don't make any sense to me, just because I hear other people use them. For example:
By and large
What?????

Lafayette
09-15-2007, 12:28 PM
Chuckle... you got me! This originated as a maritime expression, according to the "World Wide Words" website. A ship could either sail large or it could sail by the wind, but never both at the same time. The phrase "by and large" refers to all possible points of sailing, so it came to mean “in all possible circumstances" and, later, "all things considered." Check it out! It's a great way to waste a morning!

kaplods
09-15-2007, 12:31 PM
I actually have to disagree on ebonics. It is more akin to "dialect" than to incorrect grammar (because the "mistakes" aren't random, but follow a consistent pattern). From a linguistic and social linguistic perspective, there's a distinction.

The USA, especially considering it's size, is very unique in having a culture largely devoid of dialects. In germany and great britain, there are parts of the country, technically speaking the same language, but unable to be understood by other countrymen because of the regional difference in dialects. I have known several african americans who can and do speak perfect english at work, but "ebonics" at home, thus it is a legitimate dialect, and cannot be dismissed as just "wrong" english, anymore than a Welshman's or Highlander of Scotland's is.

Oops, didn't mean to hijack the thread (someone's peeve, I'm sure, in fact I think already mentioned).

I once got a "click here to get rid of porn spam forever," such a peeve of mine that I didn't even think before clicking, which took me to (can you guess?) a pay for porn site. What where they thinking? Someone is sitting there thinking "I hate porn," and then when taken to the site against their will would say "Ohhhh, this is porn. I had no idea. Hmmm, I think I like it, and will now pay for it).

K8-EEE
09-15-2007, 12:31 PM
It bugs me when people use the possessive when a simple plural will do, example: I tried on some jean's and t-shirt's.

One time I actually stopped my car and wrote a note regarding a sign on a restaurant proclaiming "We Do Privet Party's!" And it was one of those banner signs you have MADE! Nobody along the line tried to correct it?

I hear ya on the "sammy" talk! I watched Rachel Ray one time and was horrified by her baby-talking the damned food! Weird!

princess_peach
09-15-2007, 12:32 PM
The phrase "money is not an object" I can't STAND it! I hear it on all those silly tv shows like VH1's fabulous life of... and I've heard people say it in real life. Of course money is an object, what is that about?!

Spinymouse
09-15-2007, 12:38 PM
This is turning out to be quite educational! Lafayette, thank you -- Now I know about "feed" and "by and large!"
I am at a friend's house and I just asked him if he had any word or grammar peeves, and he replied, "to call a guitar an ax."

lizziness
09-15-2007, 12:45 PM
hehehe- on the unthaw - my dad got into scraps with a man who called in to his hardware store asking him for something to unthaw his pipes with because it was freezing. my dad suggested that if he left them as is they would UNTHAW on their own...the man didn't get it and thought my dad was suggesting he do nothing... it was hilarious.

I talk to military people all day and they have some sayings that I really do not understand. I feel like I need to take a class. And speaking of dialects of America... I literally cannot understand some of the elderly people from the south. It really does feel like we are speaking two different languages.

In my office right now it is very popular to use LOLCATS language for everything. It started with boredom and looking at the lol cats sites...and then someone sent us a letter that was supposed to be professional using phrases like "your company have a problem" and it just stuck. So most of the people in my department sound a little stupid to others when they ask things like "is can it be go homes times yet?"

trekkiegirl
09-15-2007, 12:50 PM
Oh, on the subject of expressions that get butchered, I've seen "for all intents and purposes" become "for all intensive purposes." Or "voila" is typed as "walla." Or the show "recasted" the character. The past tense of recast is still recast.

Lafayette
09-15-2007, 01:13 PM
One more... I hate when people respond to a post after reading only one or two words.

Spinymouse
09-15-2007, 01:17 PM
Another thing that might bother others, but I like to do it to amuse myself. I sometimes intentionally make up words. I feel absolutely exhaustipated.

Lafayette
09-15-2007, 01:40 PM
That is truly suck-tastic!

alinnell
09-15-2007, 02:06 PM
A Troll is someone who posts something just to get a reaction. The definition from Urban Dictionary (which is where you can post your own definitions to words, phrases and acronyms) is "One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument."

I refer to Urban Dictionary a lot (oh, peeve--the words are "a lot" NOT alot) because I don't always understand what my DD is saying in her chats--it is quite useful when you have kids! LOL (or as she says is lewl)

Lafayette
09-15-2007, 02:10 PM
Thanks!

ANOther
09-15-2007, 02:16 PM
My pet peeve isn't really found in an online forum, but more of an email phenomenon. I dislike it when someone asks for my email address (thinking they actually intend to use it to communicate), and they start sending me random email forwards about angels, or predictions that only come true if I forward to half of my graduating class, or various other forms of internet lore. I usually reply to these emails with a link to an urban-legends page that debunks it.

Gack, I hate glurge :barf:

I've so far been blissfully spared it in my inbox (of course as soon as I open my big mouth :foot:), and Prof. x doesn't get a whole lot either (he gets mostly the African money-laundering letters), but one time he got the story about how li'l Alexander Fleming (the penicillin guy) saved li'l Winston Churchill from drowning, and out of gratitude Randolph Churchill put Fleming through college, and the rest is history, bla bla bla. Prof. x couldn't but notice it because he actually *met* Fleming when he was in med school somewhere in Europe in the 1940s, and I took a certain unholy pleasure in sending x the Snopes link debunking the story (http://www.snopes.com/glurge/fleming.asp); and I guess it was going around even when Fleming and Churchill were both still alive !

ANOther
09-15-2007, 02:29 PM
One other thing: Prof. x has a colleague (another professor) who's sent him the warnings about the venomous toilet spider, and how artificial sweeteners in diet pop cause MS or some other loathsome disease, and not too long ago another virus warning full of !s and ending "Forward this to all your friends!" :spin: On the one hand, Prof. x doesn't have the time or interest to give much of a hoot about spam and glurge, even the Fleming sob story, but since I drink a pretty fair amount of diet pop x kind of got on my case about it (he does have a tendency to treat me like a child)

SoulBliss
09-15-2007, 02:39 PM
Also, it's a bit interesting to see all of the posting on this thread that have typos, spelling, and usage errors in them. It goes to show people can be pretty quick to point out flaws in others while not seeing those flaws in themselves. I'm sure I'm guilty of this too! Interesting thread!
Shouldn't that be "postings"? :lol: I'm just teasing you! ;)

Please know that I started this thread not because I think I am perfect, or that everyone else is flawed. I question or seek to improve many things about myself, and that in no way prevents me from being able to discern things I observe outside of myself that irritate me, seem out of balance or appear to be incorrect. I do so without judgment. These are just observations. :^:

EZMONEY
09-15-2007, 02:50 PM
I think you are just trying to cause trouble SOULBLISS!

SoulBliss
09-15-2007, 02:54 PM
:lol: What? Me? ;)

EZMONEY
09-15-2007, 03:02 PM
;)...nah!

settie
09-15-2007, 03:30 PM
...when the witch screams, "I'm melting, melting! What a world, what a world..." I want to slap her and say, "No, lady. You are sublimating...

I agree she wasn't melting (solid to liquid) but since humans are 60-70% water perhaps she was evaporating (liquid to gas) rather than sublimating (solid to gas). ;)

ANOther
09-15-2007, 05:45 PM
Also Anybody Who Feels The Need To Make The First Letter A Cap Drives Me Nuts!

oH yEAH? pROF. X dOES tHIS, hE hAS tHE cAPSLOCK oN aND tHEN uSES tHE sHIFT aNYWAY :dizzy:

GeorgiePorgie
09-15-2007, 07:40 PM
My pet peeves include: 1) The ticker on the morning news having misspelled words and incorrect grammar and 2) Misspelled words on work trucks, billboards and in any advertising in general.

<I hope I used proper spelling and grammer on my post. After reading all 6 pages of peeves...I'm petrified!>

FitinTime
09-15-2007, 08:29 PM
oh oh! My pet just peeved on the floor!

raebeaR
09-15-2007, 08:31 PM
Oh, dear, Raebear. I don't remember seeing your responses before now. :o I'm so sorry.


No worries, Nicole, I'm sure I've done it to others, too. It's easy to overlook a reply to something you posted on a thread and then never returned to see if someone talked to you on it. :) I didn't take offense.

Battle Ax(e), I am aware that many of the instances I cited have become acceptable through common misuse; however, that doesn't make me any more comfortable with them. Just as 'alright' has become a word and 'judgement' has become an acceptable spelling (both of which drive me berserk), they are just mistakes that have been made so frequently that there's no fighting it anymore. By way of explanation, I was reared by two newspaper journalists, both of whom performed editing tasks during the course of their careers, and prohibition of these sloppy usages was driven into my psyche like a stake though a vampire's heart. That they have become acceptable because so many people didn't know better makes them no more agreeable to me. I liken it to someone chewing on a rubber band. No harm done, but it still makes my teeth itch.

The original question was, "What are your pet peeves?" and not, "What are your pet peeves that are now unreasonable because they have become acceptable?" I answered the question.

Gaaahhhh, yes, K8-EEEE!!! The ubiquitous apostrophe!!!! I've been known to strike through them on menus with a red felt tip pen, like a wizened old school marm with nothing else to do on a Saturday night. :o

Alinnell, oh my, yes, "irregardless" is a travesty... it makes me foam at the mouth... quietly, of course. ;) (And it's lovely to see you still here, btw!!)

My current favorite tongue-biter: Why is D-E-F-I-N-I-T-E-L-Y the most misspelled word in the English language??

GeorgiePorgie, I wouldn't worry overmuch... language has gotten so sloppy and spelling, punctuation and grammar so poor that only we obsessive-compulsive types are bothered. In the total scheme of things, I equate it with a little tickle in my throat: Annoying, but not life-threatening. ;) This is a fun thread, but in the Real World, no one especially cares.

Rae

murphmitch
09-15-2007, 08:42 PM
This is not an online error, but our local smalltown newspaper evidently doesn't use spellcheck. There are so many errors, spelling and otherwise, that it drives me crazy. There was actually a letter sent in by a local grade school student complaining to the editors about it. After the tsunami several years ago our local TV station ran a graphic displaying what the wave actually looked like and the title displayed under it said "Title wave". I could not believe that they didn't catch it before the broadcast.
I am in awe of people who are grammar experts. I know I probably overuse commas because I'm paranoid about it. Spelling is more my forte. I can spot a misspelled word a mile away. I have seen misspelled words on many websites including professional ones such as medical ones.
Sure hope I didn't misspell any words in this post!

lizziness
09-15-2007, 08:44 PM
hehehe - definitely .. there's a girl in my office who uses the spell checker and changes it to defiantly every time.

Also we once got into an argument because she insisted it was illegal to co-sign a car... and I kept asking, are you sure you're not trying to say sell the car on consignment? but she was adamant. And yet- there are so many car loans with co-signers... Hrmm ... she was so damn sure she was right I just gave up.

LisaMarie71
09-15-2007, 08:55 PM
I guess I'm a masochist, because misspellings and blatant grammatical errors drive me a little crazy but I became a high school English teacher anyway, so I have to see tons of them every day!! But I guess I'm trying to do my part to correct them!

I haven't read this whole thread yet, so I don't know if this one has been mentioned, but the its/it's thing drives me a little batty. That, and using an apostrophe in a plural word. I'd rather hear nails on a chalkboard than see a sign that reads "Kitten's for Sale." I once called a business to tell them to change their sign because it read "Photography At It's Finest." They actually changed it, and there's a slight space left where the apostrophe used to be. I feel a little glimmer of pride when I see that space... :lol:

freiamaya
09-16-2007, 01:03 AM
Nicolen and Soulbliss - thank you SO much for responding!!! I feel great! I too suffer from the "post-killer" syndrome and have fears of invisibility, especially after I post what I think is a well-thought-out response. Thanks again :)
Grammar seems to be the issue of the day --
I to want to Loose Weight -- its only fare after Im working hard. R U all agreeing with me? :)

trekkiegirl
09-16-2007, 01:22 AM
This is not an online error, but our local smalltown newspaper evidently doesn't use spellcheck.

We have a local weekly that is just like that, too. Blatant errors, and it's been like that for years. Everything from changing a person's gender in his/her obituary to misspellings in big bold headlines and the accompanying articles. It's been going on for years and I've been tempted to ask them to contract me as a freelance editor or something. :p I've been tempted to take several of their issues, go through them and circle in red every error I find, and mail it all back to them. ;)

Oooh, one more...people should spell Santa's name correctly. There should be a CLAUSE somewhere that everybody advertising anything to do with him knows to spell it Santa CLAUS. :D But it probably bugs me more than it bugs him. ;) :p

Ellie

NewDay4MeToo
09-16-2007, 10:27 AM
freiamaya, Nicolen and Soulbliss- I just thought I would mention that I have those thread killer fears, too. I feel insecure sometimes on this great big site. It feels like I can move around, answer questions, respond to threads, and no one knows whether I'm here or not. Nice to know I'm not the only one!

jillybean720
09-16-2007, 10:34 AM
Ooh, I'm glad someone brought up phrases. I'd just like to say it should always be "once IN a while," not "once AND a while." The latter makes NO sense. It drives me insane particularly because there is a popular song out on the radio right now that actually says the phrase with the "and." I love the song, but that one part always makes me cringe!

srmb60
09-16-2007, 10:51 AM
Oh dear ... this thread frightens me ... my grammar has gone to heck-in-a-hand-basket over the years ... and I use waaaay to many ellipses and things that indicate that I have no idea what the proper structure should have been.

Spelling bothers me. The backspace button is right there.
Conversationally casual grammar does not bother me.
I agree with whoever said that solid block posting is difficult to read. If you (like me) have no idea how to make a paragraph, just leave a few spaces.

wisher
09-16-2007, 10:55 AM
Well I don't know if anyone has said this because I sheepishly admit I haven't taken the time to read all 7 pages of this thread (is that anyone's pet peeve?).

Certainly what drives me most insane is the confusion between "lose" and "loose." They are 2 totally different words, one is even a verb and one's an adjective! I constantly see the phrase "I'm not loosing any weight!" or something like that and I have to cringe! :D

GeorgiePorgie
09-16-2007, 11:03 AM
How about "roll model"?

Optical Goddess
09-16-2007, 11:08 AM
Wow... It feels good to have some kindreds here. I feel like I am being uncorked. Forgive me in advance:


It's become common, but I am not "on" a diet. Nor am I "on" a medication. I'd trip on the bottle. I take my medications ( not meds).

"Try and..." as in "Try and see me.." shouldn't it be "Try to see me." since the person has to put for the effort and the outcome isn't guaranteed?

I've heard people use the phrase "As it were" what the heck does that mean?

Some of the diet speak-

To be on plan, rather than on the plan'
Made it to goal, rather than to my or the goal.

"I'm talking marriage." No, you're not. You're talking about marriage.

When someone replies nastily to a post. It's one thing to use constructive critisism, but I've read posts ( about peeves, actually) where the poster was attacked for not being respectful to other people's differences.

This one isn't really an online thing, but when people say stuff like ," I was talkin' with him one day, and then we were goin' to the store for some food I'm gonna be cookin'..." were the 'g' is no where to be found on 'ing' words! It's one thing at home, but not in a professional environment!

I wouldn't trust someoene who said they were performin' surgery.

typos are typos..they happen and not everyone is as educated as others when it comes to these things. I think we can agree that there is a lot of stuff that we can let slide, but then there are those glaring errors.

Ok..I'm done for now...

Spinymouse
09-16-2007, 11:17 AM
Optical Goddess -YES! "Try and" instead of "Try to" bothers me, as does "as it were."

And I also have to try hard not to laugh when I hear:
flamingo music or flamingo dancing (instead of flamenco.)

Regarding how language changes: I once heard that you can roughly tell what generation someone is in by the way they describe graduation. The generation before mine: "I was graduated from high school in ----." My generation: "I graduated from high school in ----." The generation after mine: "I graduated high school in ----." Wow; they actually graduated the school rather than the other way around!

phantastica
09-16-2007, 12:25 PM
How about "roll model"? Ha ha ha, particularly funny in a weight-loss forum.

typos are typos..they happen and not everyone is as educated as others when it comes to these things. I think we can agree that there is a lot of stuff that we can let slide, but then there are those glaring errors.

I totally agree - and while some are terrible at spelling, they might be astute mathematicians, or have other types of intelligence. I overlook a lot of grammar/spelling errors for this reason. I work with a bunch of computer programmers and I swear, not one of them understands the correct usage of 'then' and 'than'. I think it's because they use if-then-else statements for work all the time, and they forget that "than" exists: "this processor is slower then that one" instead of "this processor is slower than that one", etc.

Regarding how language changes: I once heard that you can roughly tell what generation someone is in by the way they describe graduation. The generation before mine: "I was graduated from high school in ----." My generation: "I graduated from high school in ----." The generation after mine: "I graduated high school in ----." Wow; they actually graduated the school rather than the other way around!

Wow, I never thought about it, but it's probably true!

GeorgiePorgie
09-16-2007, 12:29 PM
I have seen "roll model" on this forum

lizziness
09-16-2007, 01:23 PM
I have another one - it bugs me more in conversation than online and I'm sure there is nothing wrong with it other than it annoys me

"... and whatnot"

what does that even mean and why didn't spell catcher catch that what and not are two different words?

also... i am totally guilty of the ellipses...:D

SoulBliss
09-16-2007, 01:36 PM
NewDay4Me, I notice you (I love your smile and what it says above your avatar) and what you have to say! ;) I guess there are a lot of us here who feel tiny or not "part of the crowd" much of the time. We're not alone! Freiamaya, Nicolen and the two of us spoke up about it so there must be at least a HUNDRED others, right? :hug:

Here's another peeve of mine: When people say "anyways". Don't they mean "anyway"? :lol: It's a silly thing to say either way, isn't it?

Idealmuse
09-16-2007, 02:02 PM
Diet online specific: I hate the terms Wonderland and Twoterville

CinnamonGirl
09-16-2007, 03:52 PM
...according to the "World Wide Words" website....

Oh. Lafayette, thank you so much for posting this site. I love this type of thing!

raebeaR
09-16-2007, 05:37 PM
Oh. Oh. Oh!!! Here's another common misusage that drives me round the bend: When people use the contraction, "there's," when what they mean is "there're." Example: "There's pears in the fridge." Like nails on a chalkboard to me.

And the last one (<cough> for today <cough>), I promise: People who say "went," when they mean "gone," as in, "I'd went to the store, where there's toys for sale." Horrible!!

Rae

Optical Goddess
09-16-2007, 05:56 PM
This one's kind of mean, but since we're on the topic:

People don't 'go', they say, exclaim,remark, opine..

"She went, " Oh my God! Look at the toys!"

It's along the same lines as " And then she's all, "Get away!" and he's all "no, it's my couch!"....(sigh).

NewDay4MeToo
09-16-2007, 08:02 PM
Soulbliss- Thanks for your response!

EZMONEY
09-16-2007, 08:38 PM
You are not "invisible" to me CHRISTINE....

oops! are "......" quotations around words all right? getting confused....

Optical Goddess
09-16-2007, 08:48 PM
Not intending to hijack the thread or sound curmudgeonly, but I was reading an article and I realized one of the most irritating verbal things to me:

I loathe the term "preggers".

SoulBliss
09-16-2007, 08:52 PM
I also loathe the term "preggers" and "prolly" and all the others that have been mentioned!

Spinymouse
09-16-2007, 09:23 PM
I wonder if the "goes" instead of "says" comes from how children are taught their animal noises. As in "the cow goes moo."
I probably didn't punctuate that correctly.
But "goes" and "I'm all" used to mean "said" both annoy me also.

feelingroovy
09-16-2007, 10:25 PM
I have to say that some of the words that have been mentioned are said IRL in fun. My name is in fun. Feelin' Groovy, taken from the 59th Street Bridge Song by Simon and Garfunkel, is an example. Or a rock singer shouting "Are ya'll feelin' all right tonight???" This doesn't make me cringe!! It's self expression! "A cow goes moo" doesn't annoy me. It's all in fun when you're playing with your child. Eventually, they'll learn the proper usage. So what if it's not grammatically correct? We're talking to babies here and having a good time!

Language doesn't always have to be formal. There's no law that says you can't slack if you feel like it. A lot of it is cultural. It is how people have been raised to speak, even though it is incorrect, it is their upbringing and they don't know any better. Blame it on our educational system for lack of caring.

When you're talking and joking with friends, slang is thrown into the mix to add personality or to get a point across. If it's wrong, everyone knows it. Sometimes it's just fun to say it. In this case (online), sometimes it's just fun to type it. It doesn't annoy me because I see a personality shining through that gives me a better idea of who that person is in the way they express themselves.

What annoys me are the blatant spelling and grammatical errors, more than the "way" people express themselves. If we all went by the book, we'd be pretty darn boring.

Oh, and I'm sure there are some errors in my post as well but I'm not going to worry about it. lol The quote in my siggy is incorrect but it's what Chalene said. Doesn't make her stupid. It's how she wanted to say it!

jillybean720
09-17-2007, 10:57 AM
feelingroovy, I think we all accept that some things are acceptable at some times, even though technically incorrect (like "feelin" ;) ). From the posts I've read here (and I think I've actually read them all!), people usually explain that it's inappropriate in a professional environment or in formal publications and such. No one's said anyone is downright stupid for using or doing any of these things. I'm sure there are things that even get on your nerves that other people find perfectly acceptable :^:

And I'll add another vote for "preggers." It's not even short for anything--it's the same number of syllables and letters as just saying or writing the entire word "pregnant."

aphil
09-17-2007, 01:11 PM
jilly-I also dislike "prego" when people refer to pregnancy. I never used that, or preggers...


*sigh*

jillybean720
09-17-2007, 03:50 PM
jilly-I also dislike "prego" when people refer to pregnancy.
YES! Let's keep the Prego as a tomato sauce and not as description of a woman ;)

WinterStarzz
09-17-2007, 06:18 PM
Jillybean - I was thinking the exact same thing before reading your post. Prego, Preggers...how about we just say pregnant?

phantastica
09-17-2007, 06:21 PM
Yeah, "preggers" and "prego" seem to strip pregnancy of its dignity, don't they?

I cringe as I type this one I hate it so bad: hearing people say she "squirted out more kids" -- GROSS.

Optical Goddess
09-17-2007, 10:56 PM
Along the same lines, "Popping" out more kids.
The word 'pop' has been grating to me as of late, we pop in to stores, pop things in our mouths, pay for things by the pop,....it's like nuking things in the microwave. There's nothing nuclear about it ( that I know of.)...

and lastly, alcoholics have a problem with alcohol.

Shopaholics? Carbaholics? What's carbohol and shopohol?

jillybean720
09-18-2007, 07:43 AM
...pay for things by the pop...
That's one I've never heard before. I hope that phrase doesn't make it to this area!

and lastly, alcoholics have a problem with alcohol.

Shopaholics? Carbaholics? What's carbohol and shopohol?
haha, I honestly never even thought about this one before. I can't say it bugs me, but you're right--it really doesn't make sense if you stop and think about it.

New one to add to the list: people who don't know what is/is not appropriate to say on a message board. Recently, there was a topic on here about whether or not people on here go to church and why/why not. We went for a VERY long time (5 pages of posts, I believe) without anyone saying anything inappropriate, defensive, or argumentative about religion, but it only took 1 or 2 silly people to ruin it. I yearn for the day when we are all mature enough and thoughtful enough to have the foresight to know what we can express and when to keep things to ourselves for the sake of harmony and intelligent discussion :^: And I'm sure our fabulous mods yearn for that, too ;)

srmb60
09-18-2007, 08:46 AM
It's not really that difficult to cushion a response. We have smilies and fonts and colours ... the English language has tons of words.

I wish folks would, first, decide if their objection even needs to be said and then take a minute to phrase it pleasantly.

Fooled
09-18-2007, 09:05 AM
Adding another vote for preggers and prego. It is like nails on a chalkboard for me.

Spinymouse
09-18-2007, 11:43 AM
Thank you, Optical Goddess. I've been bothered by "aholic" used as a suffix also. The suffix is simply "ic."
Although now you've got me creating a fantasy molecular structure in my head for "carbohol.":dizzy:

nelie
09-18-2007, 11:50 AM
My pet peeves are the use of... LOL, ROFL, ROFLOMFGASDFASDFSDA, etc

They really irritate me and the use of them in messages irritates me. People use them for things that aren't even funny.

One example is my mom got an email from a friend who apparently was used to some form of online chat where LOL was used quite frequently. The email was basically illegible to my mom so I had to help her decipher it. There must've been 30 LOLs in that single email.

princess_peach
09-18-2007, 11:51 AM
Actually "-holic" and "-aholic" are suffixes:

"The form -holic is used with words already ending with vowels. For stems ending with consonants, the phonetically pleasant form -aholic appears more common in general, but both spellings are seen, even for the same stem." From http://en.wiktionary.org


I am NOT trying to discredit your peeve; if it bothers you, it bothers you!

blooeyedgirl
09-18-2007, 11:53 AM
Wow! I'm new... I mean brand new. Signed on just a few minutes ago because I needed some buddies to motivate me.
Glad I found this post. Now I know I better watch my p's and q's!!

My peeve is people who are so lazy they use the caps lock. Looks like they are screaming at you!

Looking forward to getting to know you guys!
(Since I am brand new and not too familiar with all this... my signature and stuff may look kind of screwy. I'll fix it.. I swear!!)

ANOther
09-18-2007, 05:03 PM
OpticalGoddess: "a pop" = apiece: that must be a common East Coast-ism, I see it in New York Times crossword puzzles all the time as well as a few other sources. Doesn't bug me.

"-aholic": obviously supposed to liken the monkey-on-back of choice, carbs, shopping, whatever, to alcoholism. Surely it bugs those who recognize what a serious problem alcoholism and other substance abuse really is ... er, make that ARE?

blooeyedgirl: :welcome2: :hug:

SoulBliss
09-18-2007, 05:13 PM
Another peeve: When people discuss things online, and when they have different points of view others assume they are angry, negative or argumentative. :mad: Sometimes seeking to clarify things only makes it worse, apparently! :(

murphmitch
09-18-2007, 05:21 PM
Soulbliss, You hit the head on the nail with that comment. You can't see facial expressions or tone of voice when reading online posts. It's not like normal conversation, where you can get your point across with a smile on your face or a relaxed body posture. Everyone reading it may pick up a different attitude from it, possibly misinterpreting it. I guess I'm more laid back and don't take offense easily. It helps to use the smilies. :)

4myloves
09-18-2007, 05:22 PM
what a serious problem alcoholism and other substance abuse really is ... er, make that ARE?

what serious problems alcoholism and other substance abuse really are

SoulBliss
09-18-2007, 05:27 PM
Soulbliss, You hit the head on the nail with that comment. You can't see facial expressions or tone of voice when reading online posts. It's not like normal conversation, where you can get your point across with a smile on your face or a relaxed body posture. Everyone reading it may pick up a different attitude from it, possibly misinterpreting it. I guess I'm more laid back and don't take offense easily. It helps to use the smilies. :)

Yes, I concur and that is why I make LIBERAL use of the smilies!!! ( ;) this one is my "being friendly" smile!) . :^:

ANOther
09-18-2007, 07:39 PM
what serious problems alcoholism and other substance abuse really are

:thanks:

raebeaR
09-18-2007, 08:31 PM
Battle Ax, I owe you an apology.

I don't know if SoulBliss's post is directed to me, but she is right. I went back and re-read your post. It's clear you weren't disparaging what I said in my first post. I'm so used to being told that the points I made are not any longer considered linguistically incorrect that I reacted reflexively -- and defensively. The mistake was mine, and I should have read your post with more care.

Since the purpose of language is to communicate clearly and your post did that, my curt reply to you was most unfair.

I am sending this as a PM also, in case you are no longer reading this thread, but I felt you were owed a public apology. I hope you will accept it.

All the best, Rae

P. S. I would have laced this post liberally with smilies, but I'm posting in the Quick Reply box. :) Again, I am sorry.

SoulBliss
09-18-2007, 08:45 PM
Raebear, it wasn't directed at you at all! I wasn't even aware there was a potential misunderstanding here, and anyway, I am pretty direct, so if I was worried about a miscommunication between us, I would send you a PM :lol: ;)

raebeaR
09-18-2007, 09:30 PM
SoulBliss, that's good to know -- but I had a guilty conscience... I misunderstood a post of Battle Ax's and she was absolutely entitled to that apology!

Fortunately, we're sorted now and I will be more careful in future in how I read someone's posts replying to mine. :)

Rae

SoulBliss
09-18-2007, 10:31 PM
What a fresh breath of air it is to chat with mature, direct, honest women!!! :I LOVE this thread! :D

BattleAx
09-19-2007, 12:47 AM
Raebear, u r one klassy ladie!

Optical Goddess
09-19-2007, 09:28 AM
The aholic thing bugs me not because of the seriousness of alcoholism, it's put on any and everything: shoe-aholic, shopaholic,foodaholic,wildebeestaholic....;)

It reminds me of something that annoys me almost to the point of physical irritation. Every political scandal is coined some term ending with 'Gate'. Watergate was called that because Watergate is/was the name of the hotel. I get that. But Monica-gate? Zippergate? Ugh!:?:

I also don't reffer to my breasts as perky. Perky reminds me of Katie Couric: smily, bubbly, happy. Maybe it's a mood issue but my breasts don't feel that way:dizzy:

With all these peeves, readers may think I'm a curmudgeon through and through, that I yell at neighborhood children to get off my lawn and don't give out treats on halloween. I'm not nearly as picky or constantly annoyed as this thread may lead someone to believe.

It's just that when reading through other people's posts and also thinking about it through out the day, it causes me to think of other things that kind of grate on my nerves.

There's a lot of stuff I do that probably would annnoy other people.There's stuff I do that annoys me sometimes.

I think it's really cool and says a lot about 3FC chicks ( and roosters ) that we can vent and discuss things--peeves or otherwise-- with out getting upset or hurt. We all respect eachother, and smilies are just another way to communicate that. On other boards, ,how long do you think this thread would last?

princess_peach
09-19-2007, 11:22 AM
I cannot think of another board where so many people with different opinions and experiences can post without arguing or attacking!

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that we are trying to lose weight so we have more patience :D I don't know, but I am proud of being a part of it!

alinnell
09-19-2007, 12:40 PM
I think it's really cool and says a lot about 3FC chicks ( and roosters ) that we can vent and discuss things--peeves or otherwise-- with out getting upset or hurt. We all respect eachother, and smilies are just another way to communicate that. On other boards, ,how long do you think this thread would last?

I belong to two other boards, one of which is currently discussing pet peeves. That bunch is totally different! I think the post has been hijacked two or three times--but that's they way a lot of the threads get over there! It's actually funny.

Since so many of us have been around here for a while, we know our "personalities" a little and know who can take a little light hearted ribbing, right? On that same board, this is also true, but a newer member took offense to one person's ribbing of another poster. A third party actually had to step in and explain that it was all done in fun and no one had hurt feelings.

The other board, you really have to be careful what you say and to whom it is said. I've had people jump all over me for my response to someone's question. I don't go back there very often.

Spinymouse
09-19-2007, 12:46 PM
I've had people jump all over me for my response to someone's question. I don't go back there very often.

OOOH, it really bugs me when people say "jump all over...." :D :D :D :):dizzy: :D
;) :hug:

4myloves
09-19-2007, 12:48 PM
:p

SoulBliss
09-19-2007, 12:54 PM
I've had people jump all over me for my response to someone's question.

That has happened to me online as well as really passive-aggressive things like people just being catty and junior high school like in approaches to postings and responses.

Oh and ignoring PM's is another thing that happens (falls under passive-aggressive behavior though, doesn't it? :lol: ).

4myloves
09-19-2007, 01:10 PM
Hey! This would be a good place for an "online pet peeve" thread!!

:devil: :devil: :devil:

harrypotterybarn
09-19-2007, 01:46 PM
This thread has been a great read!

My biggest online pet peeves are signatures with a million animated gifs in them. And, yes, some are guilty of it here. If the images are from an outside site I'll just block that site and they don't show up. But, if they're being hosted by the site in question, I will scroll right past that person's comment so it's off the page as soon as possible. Sorry, it's just my thing.

Here's a little relevant story:

I work for a staffing firm. The other day a prospective talent wrote an email to the president of our company pointing out an "error" in his biography. Well, Mr. I'm-such-a-great-proofreader-hire-me-hire-me-hire-me, you were wrong! I went to five different sources (all in print, not just random websites, and all very reputable), and all five gave me the same punctuation rule. We have a great proofreader/copywriter on staff and I don't appreciate you attempting to make her look bad to further your little career.

I read his email (it was forwarded to me), and he was so smug. Grrr!


Oh, here's one I'm seriously guilty of, overusing quotes and parentheses. I used to use them sparingly, but now I throw them all over the place. My apologies to the assembled.

alinnell
09-19-2007, 02:06 PM
My biggest online pet peeves are signatures with a million animated gifs in them. And, yes, some are guilty of it here. If the images are from an outside site I'll just block that site and they don't show up. But, if they're being hosted by the site in question, I will scroll right past that person's comment so it's off the page as soon as possible. Sorry, it's just my thing.



On the one board, everyone likes photos in their signatures--big photos, collages and even slide shows. I've noticed that the way that site is set up, if the same person posts several times on the same thread, their signature only shows up on the first post on each page. It sure makes a lot of sense!

srmb60
09-19-2007, 02:06 PM
And they're pet peeves. Personal, annoying ... mildly annoying mostly. Nobody is going to get sent to a concentration camp in Siberia for having sloppy grammar. Well, maybe if they use no capitals and no punctuation.

nicolen
09-19-2007, 02:08 PM
This is sort of a peeve, but maybe it's a common thing in American English that (surprisingly) hasn't made it here.

I've seen a phrase used both here and on other sites that I go to that doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. It's "could care less". By the context it seems to be able to be reworded as meaning "I don't care". Surely in that case "couldn't care less" is a much better phrase to use? "Could care less" doesn't seem to make a lot of sense if I'm reading the context correctly.

If I'm misinterpreting the phrase here, what does it actually mean? I'm not intending to cause any offence here, and please accept my apologies if you are offended; I'm just not sure what it means.

"confused in Christchurch"
AKA Nicole.

phantastica
09-19-2007, 02:11 PM
It's "could care less". By the context it seems to be able to be reworded as meaning "I don't care". Surely in that case "couldn't care less" is a much better phrase to use? "Could care less" doesn't seem to make a lot of sense if I'm reading the context correctly.

If I'm misinterpreting the phrase here, what does it actually mean? I'm not intending to cause any offence here, and please accept my apologies if you are offended; I'm just not sure what it means.

I think it's supposed to be "I couldn't care less" and it means that you don't care at all about something. By saying "I could care less" implies that you do care to some extent. "I couldn't care less" means you don't have any caring at all for the topic at hand. That's how I interpret it, anyway. And actually, I think I've even said "I could care less" when I meant "I couldn't care less".

alinnell
09-19-2007, 02:14 PM
This is sort of a peeve, but maybe it's a common thing in American English that (surprisingly) hasn't made it here.

I've seen a phrase used both here and on other sites that I go to that doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. It's "could care less". By the context it seems to be able to be reworded as meaning "I don't care". Surely in that case "couldn't care less" is a much better phrase to use? "Could care less" doesn't seem to make a lot of sense if I'm reading the context correctly.

If I'm misinterpreting the phrase here, what does it actually mean? I'm not intending to cause any offence here, and please accept my apologies if you are offended; I'm just not sure what it means.

"confused in Christchurch"
AKA Nicole.

I believe you are correct. It should be "couldn't care less." However, I have to admit, this is one phrase that I always blurt out wrong! My Mom has tried to correct me, but I just can't get it straight. I'm still working on the "lay, lie, laid" thing, too!

SoulBliss
09-19-2007, 02:48 PM
Nobody is going to get sent to a concentration camp in Siberia for having sloppy grammar.

That might be an idea for the newest fad diet!!! :o

4myloves
09-19-2007, 02:55 PM
People (and businesses) who purposely misspell words, i.e. Klassic Kuts / Kitchen Korner

princess_peach
09-19-2007, 05:04 PM
Originally posted by 4myself: People (and businesses) who purposely misspell words, i.e. Klassic Kuts / Kitchen Korner

Very ironic: just today I passed a school bus that was from "Kid's Kollege." It's a local pre-school/daycare. All I could think was that we are teaching toddlers and young children how to misspell!

melekalikimaka
09-19-2007, 09:22 PM
...
Oh! Another pet peeve: when people quote someone else's words and don't cite a source (even if it's just '--author unknown').

On the flip side: I have a know-it-all sister who no matter what the subject, if you send her an email, will shoot it right back at you with volumes on the history and origins of the subject matter, plus pictures and links to more info. If you don't respond back to her, she'll print out everything and hand it to you the next time she sees you. What an insufferable know-it-all! :rolleyes: I do know how to use Google ya know! :lol:

aphil
09-20-2007, 07:15 AM
:rofl:

I am laughing at the fact that you used "insufferable know it all" when you have Snape as your avatar. I can just hear him saying it to Hermione... :lol:

Sorry...back to your regular programming. :lol:

phantastica
09-20-2007, 01:17 PM
Oh yeah, along the lines of know-it-all ... people who are more concerned with being RIGHT than they are with being kind, welcoming, or helpful.

FrouFrou
09-20-2007, 02:43 PM
I'm with you on the know-it-alls...there are too many that think they do! LOL

alinnell
09-20-2007, 03:05 PM
I think a lot of you will enjoy this (I just read it on Mental Floss):

Repetitive Redundancies

• “False pretense”
If pretense is “the act of alleging falsely,” as Dictionary.com asserts, then wouldn’t a false pretense be … true?

• “Advance warning”
A warning delivered after the fact is known, I believe, as “Monday morning quarterbacking.”

• “Convicted felon”
If we’re guilty until proven innocent, there shouldn’t be too many convictionless felons running around.

• “Surviving widow”
Kallan defines it thusly: “The last woman standing in an all-widow game of Russian roulette.”

• “Fall down”
Gravity tends to make this modifier unnecessary.

• “All throughout”
More pervasive than occasionally throughout.

• “Close proximity”
As opposed to a distant proximity?

• “Sum total”
This really gets the point across … and then sum.

• “Shared dialogue”
When was the last time you heard a shared monologue?

• “Mass exodus”
When everyone leaves church at the same time? And speaking of church …

• “Holy Bible”
I’m so tired of these unholy Bibles.

phantastica
09-21-2007, 08:37 PM
People accidentally combining words annoys me, too. "Flusterated" (flustered + frustrated?)

Other redundant statements: "dead body" and "at this point in time"

Slashnl
09-22-2007, 10:57 AM
Wow, what a list Allison! Funny!!!

ANOther
09-25-2007, 04:34 PM
"dead body"

Then what do you call a living body? "Dead" isn't a synonym for "body"

phantastica
09-25-2007, 05:04 PM
Then what do you call a living body? "Dead" isn't a synonym for "body"

Agreed, but as I learned it, if one was referring to an alive body, one would say "person". One could effectively refer to a nonliving person as a body ("a body was found in the river" is just as effective as "a dead body was found in a river").

Spinymouse
09-25-2007, 06:27 PM
I love the repetitive redundancies!

But I want to tell each and every one you about my day at work. First and foremost, the building I work with is small in size, so there is not a lot of empty space, and we need to minimize unnecessary waste. It's not like I can just pick and choose where I want to put something. And I can't use mental telepathy to see if someone else had the safe haven I was considering, already planned in advance for another purpose. So, after postponing until later several verbal discussions about the subject, I decided to put the box of baby kittens which, by the way were black in color, in a place where one had to kneel down to see them. Then something came up at home, so I had to commute back and forth in the middle of the day. Well....
Oops...I have an unforeseen emergency. Bye-Bye!

alinnell
09-26-2007, 12:29 PM
I love the repetitive redundancies!

But I want to tell each and every one you about my day at work. First and foremost, the building I work with is small in size, so there is not a lot of empty space, and we need to minimize unnecessary waste. It's not like I can just pick and choose where I want to put something. And I can't use mental telepathy to see if someone else had the safe haven I was considering, already planned in advance for another purpose. So, after postponing until later several verbal discussions about the subject, I decided to put the box of baby kittens which, by the way were black in color, in a place where one had to kneel down to see them. Then something came up at home, so I had to commute back and forth in the middle of the day. Well....
Oops...I have an unforeseen emergency. Bye-Bye!

:rofl:

Optical Goddess
09-26-2007, 12:59 PM
It slightly irritates me when, as people list things off, they count on thier fingers. Also, always using the --I believe it's called the article--before each word.

"When camping, you have your tent,your firewood,your shovel.." or
"It's all about the cars,the women,the fame, the fortune."

I guess I was always taught that in cases like this, it is easier and sounds better to say "It's all about the cars,women,fame and fortune"

Also, when people say things like " I got the dog at the local pound." Would it otherwise be assumed that a transatlantic flight was in order to get the dog?

.....I'm having a really bad day, maybe that is why this irritates me so.

Spinymouse
09-26-2007, 01:12 PM
The singular "Baby" without an article in front of it.
As in "Toys for Baby." Shouldn't it be "Toys for the baby" or "Toys for your baby" or "Toys for babies?"
You wouldn't say "Toys for Dog."

Optical Goddess
09-26-2007, 01:40 PM
The singular "Baby" without an article in front of it.
As in "Toys for Baby." Shouldn't it be "Toys for the baby" or "Toys for your baby" or "Toys for babies?"
You wouldn't say "Toys for Dog."

I so totally, undeniably agree.... I can't believe I forgot that one!

4myloves
09-26-2007, 04:02 PM
Not really a peeve, but:

EXcept: you are X-ing something out. "I like all colors on myself except neon green."

ACCept: think of the two c's as enclosing something, drawing something in. "I've finally begun to accept my mother-in-law as a permanent part of my life."

ANOther
09-26-2007, 04:15 PM
The singular "Baby" without an article in front of it.
As in "Toys for Baby."

I think that used to be a common usage long ago, but except for fossilized "x for baby" constructions and speaking directly to the baby it's very dated now. Once in a while Turner Classic Movies shows a one-reel silent comedy centering on a colicky baby, and in the dialogue cards you see lots of references to 'call the doctor, baby isn't feeling well' or even 'I don't know what's bothering son'

SoulBliss
09-26-2007, 05:21 PM
It just seems odd to me when people say: "I drank my water." or "I can't give up my milk!"...I mean, where is the water coming from that they are drinking? Are they lactating, expressing the milk and then drinking it (making it *their* milk)?

Why state it is *their* food or drink? Do they think that they need to clarify because perhaps someone may think they are eating and drinking things that belong to someone else?

:lol:

walking2lose
09-26-2007, 05:42 PM
Soulbliss,
I'm not sure, but I think that construction is pure country. You hear it all the time here in Virginia, as in, "Ummm, umm. I sure do love MY tomatoes!" Of course, they are referring to any tomatoes, not necessarily ones they've grown. Or worse, "I sure do love me some tomaters... ummm!"

When used in speech, I find these country constructions to be rather charming, although I wouldn't want my students to use them in their writing.

SoulBliss
09-26-2007, 06:05 PM
Yes, I have heard those phrases used in those ways too, and it can be endearing when said with a drawl, but I also see and hear people from all over use those expressions! :lol:

walking2lose
09-26-2007, 06:16 PM
Yikes. Yes, it's only endearing in the correct setting and coming from a genuine country boy (or gal).

Spinymouse
09-26-2007, 06:34 PM
Yeah, that "me" thing doesn't so much annoy me as amuse me. "I'm gonna take me a bath." Well, who ELSE'S bath could you possibly take?

I think the Gerber slogan is "Anything for Baby."

There's got to be a way to combine these two peeves. I'm thinking.

SoulBliss
09-26-2007, 07:32 PM
I love me my baby! :lol:

walking2lose
09-26-2007, 07:36 PM
:rofl: Love it!! And I'm pretty sure I've heard it before too!

phantastica
10-05-2007, 10:08 AM
OK, this pet peeve has already been mentioned, but it bugs me too (I've also been guilty of this in the past): When people don't read an entire thread and post. If they read the entire thread, they would realize what the thread was really about, because sometimes titles can be misleading.

4myloves
10-05-2007, 10:11 AM
OK, this pet peeve has already been mentioned, but it bugs me too (I've also been guilty of this in the past): When people don't read an entire thread and post. If they read the entire thread, they would realize what the thread was really about, because sometimes titles can be misleading.

Or, the OP may shed more light on the original topic/question.

NightengaleShane
10-05-2007, 10:15 AM
:lol: I think things like, "I'm gonna take me a bath!" are so cute. People down here also say things like, "I love me some _____insert what you love here_____" I've started doing it, too :o Before I moved down here, I always used correct grammar, but all these rednecks and country folk got me slippin'! ;)

4myloves
10-05-2007, 10:27 AM
At the risk of hijacking the thread :o -- I thought Arkansas had Rednecks and country folks and Florida had Swamp people.

NightengaleShane
10-05-2007, 10:57 AM
Wow, I thought Louisiana had swamp people.

There are TONS of rednecks in Northern Florida. Gainesville is right next to Newberry, which is a farmin' town, and not too far from... dun dun dun... STARKE! Did you ever see something called The Great American Trailer Park Musical? Its premiere was in Gainesville because the setting of the play was in Starke.

Southern Florida is an entirely different story, though.

135again
10-05-2007, 11:53 PM
I don't know if this one has been mentioned because I skipped a few pages in this long post (not trying to annoy anyone).

unthaw Arggh! My mother says it every time even though I've corrected her.

I guess she wants to freeze that meat again!

By the way. I don't get bothered by most grammar, spelling etc. on this site as I'm more interested in the content. If something bothered me that much then I wouldn't go onto these sites.

freeqeegrl
10-06-2007, 10:01 AM
totally random i know but there is a program called iespell you can download it for free in a minute or so on any computer and just right click to spell check anything you write. its wonderful! my pet peeve although not on line is when people make noise when they eat. ew

princess_peach
10-06-2007, 11:36 AM
Originally posted by NightengaleShane: There are TONS of rednecks in Northern Florida. Gainesville is right next to Newberry, which is a farmin' town, and not too far from... dun dun dun... STARKE!

STARKE--speed trap of Florida :p!

jillybean720
10-08-2007, 05:01 PM
Ugh, I just encountered a new one (well, I've encountered it before, but I just saw it online so came here to post about it). For some reason, people seem to have taken to skipping certain verbs. I was just reading in the pets section of my local Craigslist page, and I saw that an animal "needs adopted." Well, no, that animal needs to be adopted. I've encountered this in real life, too. I cringe when someone says their car "needs washed" or any other such nonsense.

Eves
10-09-2007, 02:42 PM
totally random i know but there is a program called iespell you can download it for free in a minute or so on any computer and just right click to spell check anything you write. its wonderful!

Firefox already does it. I love, love, love firefox.

Me? I...hate...the...when...people...post...like...thi s...

Or When They Capitalize Every Sentence In A Post.

Pet peeve. I just can't read it without getting a twitch.

jillybean720
10-11-2007, 11:21 AM
New one--this is primarily in speaking, not in writing/online. Let's discuss a very simple word: across. I walk across the room. I swim across the river. I gaze across the table. Across. Easy, right?

Then why, as I was watching Ghost Hunters last night, did the lady keep saying she could see a figure when she looked "acrosst" (acrossed?) into the other room? That's not the first time I've heard it, either--just happened to be the time I thought to come post about it here :D

alinnell
10-11-2007, 12:11 PM
New one--this is primarily in speaking, not in writing/online. Let's discuss a very simple word: across. I walk across the room. I swim across the river. I gaze across the table. Across. Easy, right?

Then why, as I was watching Ghost Hunters last night, did the lady keep saying she could see a figure when she looked "acrosst" (acrossed?) into the other room? That's not the first time I've heard it, either--just happened to be the time I thought to come post about it here :D

I'll add to that:

ax instead of ask
warsh instead of wash (I know--that can be a local thing, but it drives me crazy!!)
seen instead of saw ("I seen him do that"--aargh!!)

aphil
10-11-2007, 12:23 PM
I'll add to that:

ax instead of ask
warsh instead of wash (I know--that can be a local thing, but it drives me crazy!!)


Those two are HORRIBLE....and they both drive me insane as well.

This reminds me of another one-but it is a speaking pet peeve, not online. I absolutely go INSANE when I hear someone say "mushmelon" instead of muskmelon. (A melon similar to a cantalaupe.)

Spinymouse
10-11-2007, 12:24 PM
Two questions I really can do without hearing again, but I'm sure I will hear them again every year. Usually asked by strangers, like bank tellers.

1. (expected to hear any time now) "Started your Christmas shopping yet?"
2. (expected in mid-December) "Got your Christmas shopping all done?"

In the first place, why does any stranger care about the status of my Christmas shopping?

In the second place, how do they know that I do any Christmas shopping? Maybe I am of a religion that doesn't observe Christmas or maybe I just don't practice that particular tradition for any number of reasons.

I never know how to answer those questions, I usually just look dumb and mumble something stupid.

SoulBliss
10-11-2007, 12:48 PM
:yes:

I also really dislike it when people say : "Smile! It cant be that bad!".

WTF? You don't know me, don't know what I'm thinking, what I am feeling, what I am going through or what I have been through, so how DARE you demand that I SMILE just to make YOU feel better? :lol: I'm really not a cranky person but I dislike that one immensely!

NightengaleShane
10-11-2007, 01:01 PM
I hate when people put way too many commas into a sentence. Example:

hi,,how,,,, are you doing ,today,,,im doing,,good,and,you? yeah,,,i'm,,great,,,

I have a peeve with all sorts of redneck pronounciations. One that particularily sticks out in my mind is "trAIYsh" <----I have some pretty trashy neighbors, and whenever I describe them, I say they are "trAIYsh" because it's admittedly fun to imitate.

Spinymouse
10-11-2007, 01:01 PM
:yes:

I also really dislike it when people say : "Smile! It cant be that bad!".

WTF? You don't know me, don't know what I'm thinking, what I am feeling, what I am going through or what I have been through, so how DARE you demand that I SMILE just to make YOU feel better? :lol: I'm really not a cranky person but I dislike that one immensely!

Oh, yes! I once worked with someone who would say that to me when I wasn't smiling, and then if I was smiling he'd ask me what that s***-eating grin was for. :mad:

Shy Moment
10-11-2007, 01:26 PM
In some cases these things are called social small talk, being polite. It is a shame there are so many petty people in the world. Jeez, take a chill pill and enjoy someone is acknowledging you are alive.

I thought each sentence was suppose to start with a capital letter. It is each word in the sentence that doesn't need to start with a capital letter.

As far as, to be. This is how we were taught and I remember this very well because I thought it was interesting. If something can need, then it is " to be " . The cat needs " to be " adopted. Yet, a car can not feel and does not need anything. We are putting our own feelings into the statement. The car needs washed. My car needs someone to wash it because it can't do it itself and I don't wash it lol.

Really bugs me when people say "redneck" and " hick" in a manner that is not nice.

My husband says worsh instead of wash. Drives me nuts.

SoulBliss
10-11-2007, 01:32 PM
I actually have never been *mad* when someone said that to me (Smile!), by the way, usually just lost in thought.

Oh, yes! I once worked with someone who would say that to me when I wasn't smiling, and then if I was smiling he'd ask me what that s***-eating grin was for. :mad:

How irritating, intrusive and presumptuous!

Time for a change
10-11-2007, 01:39 PM
Dangling participles! Such as when someone asks "Where are you AT", also "ax" instead of "ask" & everytime I see the words (?) "noone" or "alot" instead of "no one" or "a lot" or "do" in place of "due". There are so many that make me nuts! I'll stop ranting now!

Shy Moment
10-11-2007, 01:46 PM
Time for a change
I catch myself doing that. Have to blame being around my husband for so long. Why on earth can the man say Washington and washer and yet he doesn't say wash lol. I laughed so hard the first time he asked for a worsh cloth. He doesn't drink water, he drinks wader lol.

Spinymouse
10-11-2007, 01:59 PM
I laughed so hard the first time he asked for a worsh cloth. He doesn't drink water, he drinks wader lol.

Does he eat squorsh?

Suzanne 3FC
10-11-2007, 02:01 PM
It's easy to directly or indirectly insult other readers without realizing it. The thread started out as online pet peeves, but evolved into a very different topic of verbal pet peeves which can be hurtful to many of our members. We were all raised in different regions of the country, and it isn't fair to joke about speech patterns of those who live elsewhere or are from different backgrounds.


Thanks :)