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Old 09-17-2009, 08:15 PM   #1
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Pet Peeves...

It lose LOSE L O S E.... Lose lose... not loose ... lose the extra "O" that several of you are putting in the very quaint word LOSE!

dogs get loose... change is loose ... but you can't loose a game! You can LOSE it!


and while I am at it why do people lock one entrance door to a store and leave the other one unlocked?
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Old 09-17-2009, 08:44 PM   #2
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It lose LOSE L O S E.... Lose lose... not loose ... lose the extra "O" that several of you are putting in the very quaint word LOSE!
Uh.. it's "it's IT'S, I T ' S" not "it," as written above. Just a pet peeve .
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Old 09-17-2009, 08:50 PM   #3
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dogs get loose... change is loose ... but you can't loose a game! You can LOSE it!
If is possible to hate a word, I hate this one. Every once in a while it just looks so wrong to me when I write it that I have to look it up again just to convince myself that English is the crazy one and not I.
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Old 09-17-2009, 08:58 PM   #4
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I mean, you know, like....

Mercifully never seen them on this board.
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Old 09-17-2009, 09:08 PM   #5
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I have two pet peeves:

1) Sitting in a restaurant with my family and always being addressed by the server as "you guys". It's not a gender thing with me, it just doesn't sound good to me.

2) I am the farthest thing from a grammar expert, but I get a cringe when people mix up the words "less" and "fewer". It should be "12 items or fewer" not "12 items or less" in the express checkout line.
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Old 09-17-2009, 09:11 PM   #6
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I mean, you know, like....

Mercifully never seen them on this board.
Ready?

Sorry, couldn't resist.
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Geez........Not another pet peeve thread!
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Old 09-17-2009, 10:13 PM   #8
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and while I am at it why do people lock one entrance door to a store and leave the other one unlocked?
‘cuz they’ve got a screw loose?

Edit: Shouldn't that be: "Because they have screws loose?"
Hey, you mean, "should that not be" No, "should that be":
911 to the grammar police
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Old 09-17-2009, 11:40 PM   #9
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"Your" is not the same as "you're." So, "you're going to get your ass kicked" works. "Hope your on your way to FIRE" doesn't.

For some reason, my technical and engineering buddies are most prone to this.

Having said that, my real pet peeve is people who get peeved about routine vocabulary, pronunciation, diction or slang usage and bring it up all the time. With the Chicago Public School system as my Alma Mater, I'm just glad I'm able to communicate successfully with anyone from time to time!
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Well, I'm "gonna" say "y'all" 'til the cows come home. Does anyone have a problem with that?

Ooops, I've ended my last sentence with "that". How about that?
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Y'all add all the "that's" to the end of sentences that y'all wants ta add!
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Ooops, I've ended my last sentence with "that". How about that?
Is "that" a preposition? If not, WTF?
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...and while I am at it why do people lock one entrance door to a store and leave the other one unlocked?

I'd like to think it is for some reason other than pure laziness but I don't know what it might be.
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Hey, all of you...Im trying to learn good and proper American English so stop F*****G AROUND
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People who ramble on endlessly about nothingness and use polysyllabic words when monosyllabic words will do, and make use of unnecessary punctuation when its not necessary, I mean, you know, its like, annoying.
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I have two pet peeves:

1) Sitting in a restaurant with my family and always being addressed by the server as "you guys". It's not a gender thing with me, it just doesn't sound good to me.

2) I am the farthest thing from a grammar expert, but I get a cringe when people mix up the words "less" and "fewer". It should be "12 items or fewer" not "12 items or less" in the express checkout line.

I couldn't agree more. Where I grew up on the South-Side of Chicago we'd say: "USE GUYS"

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hmmm...

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and the ever-popular there / they're / their confusion.


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Hey, all of you...Im trying to learn good and proper American English so stop F*****G AROUND

I myself had proper American English drilled into my head during 12 years of parochial school . We even had to do sentence diagrams in HS English class.
Examples Diagramming Sentences

So if I slip and commit anyone's pet peeves, forgive me , as it is probably a latent mental rebellion emerging from my subconscious.
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World's most overused word: amazing. Everything is amazing.

Two totally unnecessary words: various and actually. Almost every single time I have heard the words used in sentences, the sentence would be clearer if the word was left out.

Also irritating is people using adjectives to modify words that describe things that are either 100% yes or no conditions. Like most unique, almost transparent, or very critical. They either are or they aren't.

Let's not forget "top ten best" lists. "Best" means the *one* best. It should be top ten better list.

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