I sat on the other side of a cubicle wall once from a guy who would say the word "irregardless" quite regularly. Somehow he managed to use the word REGARDLESS of what the conversation was about.
I also hate the overuse of the words "basically" and "literally" in conversation.
I spent almost two months in a course with a guy who used both far too much. I'm talking every second sentence.
And I'll never forget the guy who worked in a sports type store that specialised in hiking gear. A friend of mine was after a back pack, this salesman said "basically" in every single sentence. He hit the jackpot when he used the word "basically" three times in the one sentence.
I also have a feeling that some people have no idea what "literally" really means.
I was in the Army years ago and I hated when I heard people use irregardless, which they di with a bit of frequency in the Army. of course, I couldn't do much about it because it was usually used by someone who outranked me.
Then there's "lie-berry." My wife is a teacher and she hates that one, too. She said the secretary who makes announcements on the school's PA system always uses "lie-berry." So I told her the next time the secretary says "lie-berry" in her presence, she should ask her "As opposed to the 'truth-berry?'"
Not necessarily, because (I think) we all do that once in a while. I'm refering to using words out of context, mispronouncing, and using words that don't exist. I worked with a guy who would make up words like "skeletuality;" a word pertaining to the make up of a skeleton.
I too, despise inaccuracy, although I am quite frequently making the very same stupid mistakes. I try sooo hard to spell and speak correctly, but it never comes out how I want. I get annoyed by "unthawed" and nuclear being pronounced 'new-clear'
My pet peeve is the world like (in my head i hear a valley girl voice everytime...just shoot me) and definitely when a speaker uses um... just pause don't say ummmm as your pause...sometimes, if the speaker is bad i count how many times he says it.
The overuse of umm is so common that to have anyone say more than one sentence without it calls for a party game. Many moons ago in a sewing class in high school, the teacher was so annoyed at our less than cultured way of communicating. She wanted hands raised and for someone to explain the difference between warp and weft in fabric. That person was not to use umm in the explanation. No one could do it. And I doubt I could explain warp and weft to anyone now.
Well, I for one am, like, literally floored when people at the libary, like, make a lot of noise and disturb the piece--totally irregardless of the fact that there are libarian's and basically hundreds of other people around.
In the States, "momentarily" does actually mean "in a moment's time," so I've had to learn to live with it.
But "nuc-u-lar" instead of "nuclear" drives me bloody bats.
As does "liberry," "supposeably," "ve-hick-le," and the phrase "if you will," used to qualify an often factual definition or explanation, which speakers seem to think makes them sound knowledgeable. If I will WHAT?
Misuse of the apostrophe is my biggest pet peeve, as in "three boy's were riding their bikes" or "too many cook's in the kitchen spoils the broth". Seems like people these days can't write any word with an "s" on the end without putting an apostrophe in front of it. Were they all asleep in English class in high school, or do English teachers not know the difference any more either?? (A scary thought.)
"At this point in time" is the #1 phrase that grates. "At this point" denotes time...the addition of "in time" is redundant!
Well, I hate to admit it, but there is a sort of native Nebraskan accent at times. Causes some people to say "pitch-ur" for 'picture,' and my most hated, the cringe inducing "malk" for 'milk.'
But you've never lived until you hear the creative words and phrases that come out of a native Texans' mouth. Things such as "Dadgummit," literally (hehe,), and "I'm fixin'." Now, I don't have them fully translated yet, but I think the "Dadgummit" is sort of a euphemism for 'God d*mn it,' and the latter means 'I am planning to.'
One of my English teachers used to always say (in a most disgusted voice), "There is no such word as 'enthused'". She'd also say, "Never use 'due to'". Now, whenever someone uses either of those two things I still think of that teacher's disgusted tone. (Of course, she did tend to use a disgusted tone much of the time anyway. )
I'm with RooBee on the improper use of the apostrophe. Car dealers have ads with the word SUV's. I've seen a meat market with 'Chicken, Beef, Rib's'
Drives me crazy. Having worked for a newspaper, we constantly had misspellings. Yes, we had a couple of proofreaders who apparently didn't do squat. Going out on assignment was usually an embarrassment for me when someone in the public would point out the day's mistakes.
The worst....ever...that we had...on a headline was - 'School System Gets Pubic Review'
The poor reporter with the byline didn't write the headline. The paginators take care of that task. She's never lived it down and can't wear a sandwich board the rest of her life proclaiming her innocence.
The English language is so ripe for humor. I love the Faulkner competitions.
But yes, our language is becoming bastardized. Good luck to the future job seekers.
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