Ever hear someone misuse or misquote a cliche, completely negating the wisdom it was meant to impart or it's relevance? Here are a couple of my pet peeves that come to mind:
"A long road to hoe" instead of "A long row to hoe". Who hoes a road?
"I could care less" instead of "I couldn't care less".
What are some of your cliche pet peeves?
I've just reached a point where people that do that kind of thing don't even enter my radar except to think (to myself) 'can't write.'
I think most kids do not understand "row" in the sense of hoeing a field. And if they are fortunate enough to know what a hoe is perhaps they can imagine hoeing a road.
I always use the first in combination, "I could care less if I cared at all".
Food for thought and maybe I would write more if I was not too broke to pay attention.
I cannot stand when someone doesn't use the right too, to; were, we're, your, you're; the list goes on. It's not that hard!!
I find it very difficult when someone does this and I notice their error. As I have to wait until they are no longer with me before I laugh.
Kids saying, "Butt naked" instead of the correct, "Buck naked", drives me nuts. Many of these miscommunications are caused by a lack of phonemic awareness.
I love Ericdierkers explaination of," Tough row to hoe", While
it fits in with the inability to hear the difference in phonemes, I agree with him that it is a combination of not understanding the cliche then making up something for what they heard incorrectly and didn't understand.
Eric's explanation has given me an idea for explaining to the kid who says, "But naked", the correct meaning. Looking at the back end of a deer will explain," Buck naked".
by Michael Valencia3 years ago
There is the ubiquitous "theres" vs. theirs," but it also irks me when people say "I could care less" when they really mean they COULDN'T care less about something.
by Frugal Fanny6 years ago
Some of my pet peeves are....When people use words in the wrong context.When people use "I seen" instead of "I have seen" or "I saw"People who stop right in the middle of a busy hallway or...
by Susan Keeping5 years ago
My latest pet peeve is when people write "now-a-days" in an article. I see it a lot. What are your pet peeves?
by Theresa Kennedy5 years ago
Every time I spend time hub-hopping, I come here in hopes of finding a pet peeves topic...so I'm starting one. My pet peeve is in trying to rank or flag hubs with almost-but-not-quite decent use of grammar, spelling and...
by mom1016 years ago
Do you have a pet peeve? If you do, share with us what it is and what you think could be done to make it better.
by WaffleCheese7 years ago
Oh man....Snoring, Eating (any mouth noises), crying babies, whiny toddlers, SMACKING and POPPING GUM!!!Seriously, if any of do this around me, I'll murder you.
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