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Mark Everson

One of my "hatest" (should that be "most hatest"? ;-) is "could of" and similar constructs of fevered gramatically-challenged imaginations.


Yes! That, too! And I totally forgot cruelty to the common comma (as Terry Pratchett would say).

Steven Piziks

I get stuff like this in my students' essays, and it drives me around the bend. "You think it looks cool," I say, "or maybe you don't care. In any case, it makes you look like you're stupid, ignorant, or both."

--'cuz for 'because'
--'of' for 'have' (mentioned above)
--'ite' for various words with 'ight' in them.


My long term hate: people who don't know the difference between the words principal and principle. Also, those who blindly memorized "the princiPAL is your PAL" and think that means that the -ple spelling must be the adjective.

I've even caught crap like "...the principle shareholders..." in a law textbook.

PS... Erica, "payed" actually is a word, it just isn't the one they think it is. It's used to refer to paying out rope... http://www.webster.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=payed


And let's not even go into how many ways people modify "unique."


My pet peeve is "irregardless".

Regardless of people may think, "irregardless" is NOT a word!

Mark Everson

Oooh Oooh! I'm jealous you got irregardless! I Wanted it. :-) Goes back to a biology teacher who used it maliciously and often.


Yeah, but you get major kudos for not pointing out my grammar mistake. (Regardless of *WHAT* people may think...)


Joe - whoops, I stand corrected. I actually did know that, but must have been sleep deprived when I wrote the original post. Or, errr...that's my story and I'm sticking to it. :)


It's sort of the curse of making grammar posts. You're guaranteed to make a mistake yourself.

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