Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Pet Peeves

by Rick Blechta

I’m feeling ornery today, which means my planned blog on “character dangers” is postponed for a week. So there!

This is going to be an “audience participation” post.

I’d like to request that everyone reading this contributes a pet peeve of theirs. Allow me to explain.

I’m going to limit peeves to something usage-wise in the English language that annoys you to the point of distraction.

Here are a few of mine:
  • Bogus use of apostrophes, as in: “Houses available NOW in the low $600’s!” A book titled Eats, Shoots and Leaves deals with this and other usage topics in a most entertaining manner. If you haven’t read it, you will find it rewarding.
  • People who say (or write) “restauranteur” instead of restaurateur. It’s not a huge thing, but dammit! It’s just sloppy and, well, WRONG!
  • This one originates from texting and I understand why it came about (texting is a very onerous thing): “ur” instead of your. I’m probably fighting a losing battle here, but I’d like to stamp this one out right here, right now! Are you with me? People who use it should be shamed and ostracized from polite society firmly and immediately!
  • But there’s one that makes me want to scream: When I hear someone say “nucular” (sic, sic, SIC!) in place of nuclear. Again, it comes about from pure sloth, but it REALLY grates on me.
So there are some examples of what I’m looking for. Please add your own to entertain and elucidate us all.

I thank you.


Unknown said...

Valentimes Day!!!!

Rick Blechta said...

Worthy contenders, all!

Thank you.

Aline Templeton said...

Using 'may' when it should be 'might'. As in, 'The Queen may have married several men before she married Prince Philip.' Using 'might' instead is always safe - indeed, might is always right.

Rick Blechta said...

Aline, thanks!

As for the Queen, it might have proved advantageous to have married someone else.

Susan D said...

Okay, I'll admit it. I was well on in years before I realized that "restaurateur" had no N in it.

But I'm afraid, after a lifetime of being a self-appointed Grammar Geek Tactical Unit Commander, I'm finding other hills to die on.

(And really, there are so many....)

Aline Templeton said...

Nonsense! Whatever they say across the Atlantic, Philip has been a total star.

Donna S said...

I hate, hate, hate the wrong use of the word "fun". As in - "It is funner to run than to walk", "I never had the funnest day that I had planned". This makes me grind my teeth.

Rick Blechta said...

Aw, c'mon, Susan, just one. Please?

Charlotte Morganti said...

“Me and X” used as the subject of a sentence.

Rick Blechta said...


To my mind that's right up there with "youse guys", one example I also didn't choose for my short list — but could have!

Thanks for contributing.