Grammar Gorillas Unite! Peeve Of The Day

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  1. SPetitt

    SPetitt FHF All Time Great

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    We know about POTM, but what is your English Usage Peeve of the Day?

    Today I read, in a thread about Anna Flanagan, this article http://www.hockey.org.au/News/hockeyroos-squad-announced-1
    At the third word I made a sound like "Aaaargh!" and was distracted from reading the rest of the rather wordy piece.
    I know that English is a 'living, evolving language' but as a British English speaker, with a brother who was an Air Force navigator, I have to say that "hone in" is just wrong, despite its appearance and apparent acceptance in a few dictionaries :(
    The correct expression is "home in" ....as a missile does on a target.. 'Honing' is the action of polishing a surface(usually metallic), such as a knife's edge, or an engine cylinder.
    I also realise that my protest will be about as effective a rubbing your backside with a brick, as they say (or used-to) in the county of my birth, but if just one person sees the light and corrects his future usage, it will have been worthwhile.
    Have a nice day, and holiday weekend :)
     
  2. Krebsy

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    Agreed, he could hone his squad or home in on it.

    Think of the children!!!
     
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    "Think of the children!!!" ¿Que?:confused:
     
  4. Willowsacorns

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    But Langwiches evolve, init. And Netflix and chill bruv
     
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    I agree with this and raise it with - I hate it when people write 'worse case scenario'...
     
  6. redumpire

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    Oh, where to start??? There are so many. :)

    Here's the latest, which I've heard several times recently and actually read in a novel last week: "If he thinks that I'm going to go to his house, then he's got another thing coming."

    "Another thing"?! It's obviously supposed to be "think". "If he thinks that, he's got another think coming..." "Thing" makes no sense whatsoever.

    (And, yes, I know there's a Judas Priest song called "Another Thing Coming", but they were wrong too!)
     
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  7. SPetitt

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    Oh Goody ... some takers:) I thought I might get a bite from you, @redumpire.

    How about the use of "THEN" when it should be "THAN". as in "Today it is colder then it was yesterday" ? :mad:

    Song lyrics are a rich source ... "Lay down beside me" ... but it's Art, Man ! :rolleyes:
     
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    "Are" for "our". "That's are house over there."

    This may only be a NW England thing - I hear / read it a lot from folk in and around Liverpool & Manchester - but it's horrible!
     
  9. Stuart Burnside

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    that's still "our", they just struggle to say it with their horrible nasal wrong side of the pennines voices ;)
     
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    No, I've seen it written too! Exhibit A: 'Round Are Way' by Oasis.

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    'Shed loads'

    i.e. He's got shed loads of booze for the BBQ!

    WRONG WRONG WRONG!
     
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    I like it when the traffic announcers on 5 Live say that such-and-such a road is closed because of a shed load. I always wonder: "a shed load* of what?"!!!

    * for the real grammar nerds (hey, @Snoody, how are you, buddy!?), I'd just like to point out that I know it should be "a shed-load" in that particular context...
     
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    The difference between there, their and they're is also very difficult, judging by the number of times it's used incorrectly.
     
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    Spot on.

    Plus:
    - it's / its (used correctly above, Folmer!)
    - your / you're
    - who / whom
    - the 'false polite' use of 'X and I' when it should be 'X and me' (e.g. "He gave £20 to Jane and I.")
    - hear hear / here here

    I could - and very frequently do - go on... :)
     
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    The only rule of the English language:

    Their our know rules.
     
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    Annoyingly, my current pet peeve is people constantly spelling my name wrong. They spell it the French way, despite my email address and signature saying otherwise. There's a frickin book, film *and* musical named after me for crying out loud.

    And as I typed this message, my fitness coach messaged me with 'you done well'...
     
  17. SPetitt

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    Your on a roll, now @redumpire (like butter) :D

    There is a particularly annoying PPI advert on TV which rather smugly says "...sold to you and I"

    That's enough, for me, for today ... but keep 'em coming!
     
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  18. GK13

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    I didn't mention the preposterous use of the word 'literally' to mean 'figuratively', but seeing as you've raised it... ;)
     
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    Ahh, the correct use of the accusative case. It warms the cockles of my heart to see. Remember kids: Think Subject; Direct Object; Indirect Object.
     

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