Wukka From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1017 posts, RR: 15 Posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2777 times:
So... if you've gotten this far;
What are the grammatical / spelling errors that get under your skin (two/too/to -- there/their/they're)?
A few of mine are:
"loose" vs. "lose" - seen quite frequently
"aircrafts" - not a word. The plural of "aircraft" is "aircraft".
"brakes" and "breaks"
I've also noticed that lately there are many folks flying the Stars and Stripes next to their name who seem to be attempting to impress our U.K. brethren by adding a "u" to anything that ends in "or". I just caught a post referring to somthing "majour" in the past few minutes. It's not the first, won't be the last, although it was very colo'u'rful.
What about your grammar / spelling peeves, other than people like me who bitch about spelling and grammar?
N229NW From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 2065 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2770 times:
I'm not really bothered by most, but for some reason it annoys me when people say "I" when they should say "me" (or he/she when it should he him/her)--because it sounds pretentious to me, like they think they are being correct and fancy when actually they are just wrong:
"Just between you and I"
"Grandma came to the store with he and I" or, even funnier, with "him and I"--mixing the subjective and objective pronoun cases.
It usually happens when the pronoun is the object of a proposition: i.e. it's "with me/him/her" not "with I/he/she"; thus it should be "with x and me/him/her" not "with x and I/he/she" etc.
FlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2756 times:
I hate that so much. It doesn't even make sense. What is so hard about saying "should have" or "should've?" Maybe part of it is that the accent I grew up with pronounced the phrase properly so that it doesn't sound like I'm saying "should of" instead of "should've"
Also what is so hard about keeping their/there/they're straight?
Oh and one more thing. I also hate it when people write in text message speak. Certain acronyms are fine, such as AFAIK, IIRC, and the like. I don't even cringe at LOL anymore. Those are more like internet jargon. I just can't stand seeing things such as "U R gr8" and crap like that. That isn't too much of a problem around here, but it is horrible at other forums I visit.
I will admit that I am a grammar Nazi. I get that from going to Catholic school for 12 years and being taught grammar by nuns. One of my English teachers in college hated me for that because we were supposed to do free writes in class once a week without worrying about grammar. My free writes were almost always free of grammatical mistakes, so the teacher claimed that I was constraining myself to write with good grammar. She never believed that proper grammar was ingrained in my psyche and that I didn't have to think about proper conjugations, pronoun-antecedent agreement, or anything like that. But I digress, so I should probably stop typing.
N229NW From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 2065 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2751 times:
Come to think of it, I was on a flight recently where the FA announced that the seatbelt sign had come on due to some "inadvertent turbulence." I had a good chuckle over that one...'cos there's nothing like the more angry intentional kind of turbulence ?!
They always screw me up. Give me some examples . . .
Who's is ONLY a contraction of "who is" (e.g., "That is the woman who's going to be president" etc.)
Otherwise (when whose is possessive) it is always "whose." (e.g., That is the woman whose brother is going to be president, or "Whose hose are those?" etc.)
Hope that helps. And yes, "fucktard" is another tremendous word.
PS: Nanook and any other grammar fiends. You must listen to "Strongbad's rhythm and grammar" at the end of the "local news" email on homestarrunner. It is hilarious. Keep clicking on the CD that comes up at the end of the email, there are five or six songs that cycle around...
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 61
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2742 times:
Quoting FlyingNanook (Reply 7): I also hate it when people write in text message speak. Certain acronyms are fine, such as AFAIK, IIRC, and the like. I don't even cringe at LOL anymore. Those are more like internet jargon. I just can't stand seeing things such as "U R gr8" and crap like that.
I've a bad habit of overusing smilies due to a history of chat room monitoring, where we were taught to "smile from the wrists down." I hate the "U R gr8" style of typing anywhere, but then I will even start an e-mail with "Dear XXX:" if I'm sending an e-mail to someone I don't know, or if it's business e-mail.
(Also, notice the number of people who spell "e-mail" improperly as "email"?)
Now a real point of contention I've never been able to get a good answer to (because I don't think there is one), is how to punctuate within quote marks.
In the first line of this post, I included the period within the quote marks, because I was quoting from another source, rather than how I used quote marks in the second paragraph of this post.
The last time I asked this question of a friend who usually knows everything about spelling and grammar, he had to look it up in a style manual. Another friend contends within the quote marks is European, and outside the quote marks is American, so both are proper.
Skidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2736 times:
Grammer and spelling mistakes get right up my nose but, on this site I think they add to the flavour of the discussions.
Everyone knows the Americans haven't the faintest idea about spelling and as for the upstart Europeans, well. But, as I always say to myself, at least they are using English (sort of) and not Swahili or something. Now that WOULD crack me up!!
The main idea is to get your point across and, if that involves numerous grammatical errors and spelling mistakes, who cares? The whole thing about the site is to have fun and enjoy a shared enthusiasm about aviation.
Anyway, have a nice day wherever you are and do try not to start World War III over nowt.
Salso From Slovenia, joined Dec 2004, 205 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2671 times:
Quoting STLGph (Reply 3): what about words we make up on our own, like petek?
"petek" actually means "Friday" in Slovenian. I'm not a native speaker of English - what does actually "petek" mean? (OK, maybe I'm a dork and you can beat me for my limited knowledge of English language, but I'd like to know)
In college I just hate it when in a paper or a written exam a professor corrects my "center", "traveler", "program", "theater" etc. to centre, traveller, programme, theatre... You get the idea, don't you? Nothing against the Brits here, but I simply prefer the AmE - American Standard English.
Otherwise thingies as follows (believe me, you do get them from non-native speakers) make me wanna cry: "eye" for "I" (HOW THE HELL can anyone mix those two up!!!), four vs. for, informationS are, its vs. it's, he's vs. his, they're vs. their, plane vs. plain (OK, maybe it's my enthusiasm for airplanes' fault that this one nearly kills me when I see it) and much mOOre.
RedDragon From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 1135 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2645 times:
Something I always make sure I do correctly is referring to "the data" as the plural. Same with media actually, although I use this less often. It's not something that annoys me when I see people using data as a singular, though
Actually, possibly one of my most hated quirks on this site isn't so much a spelling or grammar mistake - it's when people feel the need to end a post with "just my two cents". And then the new set of smilies only encouraged that, with the hateful one... gah!
Oh, and incidentally, I always write "email" (no hyphen). Unusually, I don't use this form because I'm being anal about technicalities (as with most obscure spelling/grammar rules I try to follow), but because I just prefer the look of it
Scbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 13898 posts, RR: 46
Reply 22, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2637 times:
Quoting RedDragon (Reply 21): Actually, possibly one of my most hated quirks on this site isn't so much a spelling or grammar mistake - it's when people feel the need to end a post with "just my two cents". And then the new set of smilies only encouraged that, with the hateful one... gah!
I suppose you're entitled to your opinion.
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