Anyone who knows me will be able to tell you that I hate it with a burning passion when people use incorrect grammar or spelling. Typos I can forgive, but consistently mis-spelling a word or making a grammatical error because you actually think that is correct or simply don't care will make me very, very angry.
And you won't like me when I'm angry.
Yes, I am the Grammar-Hulk.
Here are things that make me particularly filled with rage:
- Could of/would of/ should of. No, no, no. Could have.
- Could care less. If you could care less, you obviously care some small amount. What you mean is "I couldn't care less". There is literally no lesser amount that you could care.
- Tidbit. Do Americans really say that? Honestly, guys, it's titbit.
- Tad bit. You cannot have a "tad bit". That is utterly nonsensical. A tad IS a bit. It's like saying a "bit tad" or a "tad piece" or a "piece bit".
- Hence why. Hence means why! It's tautology, and that's bad.
- Rice patty: I see this all the time time on here, and it frustrates me a lot. A rice patty would be a burger-shaped thing made of rice. Don't tell me that's where bettas really come from. They come from paddies. A rice paddy. That's the big field. Not patty.
- Their/they're/there. This one is so basic. Stop getting it wrong! There: he is over there. Their: it is their house. They're: contraction of they are. They're a terrible group of grammar snobs.
- Your/you're. Again, it's a contraction. As some wise sage once said, "It's the difference between knowing your s*** and knowing you're s***".
- Its/it's. Yes, yes, I understand, usually apostrophes mean that the word is possessive, but they also mean that something is a contraction, we needed to make an exception for this word. Just learn the difference. It's = it is. Its = it belongs to it. On that note...
- Incorrect use of apostrophes. In the vast majority of cases, they denote a possessive. Please, please don't say that you have many betta's. That makes NO sense. You have many bettas. However, that is your betta's food, or, if you have multiple bettas, that is your bettas' food.
- Then instead of than. Who started that? I'd rather eat my pizza then get eaten. Well, if that's what you want. I'd rather eat my pizza THAN get eaten, but we all make different choices.
- Incorrect use of commas. Grrrrrrr.
- Incorrect use of semi-colons. GRRRRRRRRRRR.
- Not knowing how to use quotation marks. This drives me up the wall. "It's raining today." Said Mary, "I hope it stops." GO AWAY. "It's raining today," said Mary. "I hope it stops."
- Lose/loose. They mean two totally different things. You did not let your goat lose, you let it loose. And I won't loose my mind over this, I will lose it. Also note: chose and choose mean two completely different things.
- To/too/two. Why are we still having to correct people?
- Using an adjective as an adverb. You don't sleep good or run fast, you sleep well and run quickly.
I'll stop ranting for the moment, but please, share your English-language peeves here. I am full of sympathy.
Note: if English is your second language, we can't hate you for making these mistakes. Goodness knows I could kill a native Deutschlander with my German grammar.