• Generally the misuse of 'there/their/they're' When people use NO punctuation at all. But i usually let it roll off me. Hardly anyone speaks/writes properly in any language. It's all about 'chat speak' and that rubbish.
  • When talking about NASA's "Vechile Assembly Building" (The VAB) at Kennedy Space Center in in Cape Canaveral, Florida I hear people say "The VAB building". I don't know why but that just gets under my skin. "Vehicle assembly building building". I have stopped correcting them but it still bothers me. Silly, I know. BTW: You have a chance to watch history in the making tonight at 7:43 p.m. EST (2343 GMT) when the space shuttle Discovery will embark on a construction mission to the International Space Station. Discovery will be carrying the fourth and final solar power module for the U.S. part of the station, a $100 billion project of 16 nations. The crew includes Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, who will be left behind to serve as a station flight engineer and the first Japanese to live on the outpost. Watch Live!
    • mushroom
      I'm not certain that qualifies as a grammatical error, however, it does fit squarely with what The Firesign Theatre called "The Department of Redundancy Department." Other examples are "hot water heater" and "ATM machine." An exception is "City of Jersey City, New Jersey" because that state has several classifications of municipalities having to do with their organization, "city" being one of them.
  • There are many that really annoy me (see Pixie's answer), but particularly the use of 'of' instead of 'have' - e.g. 'I should of told him'. Just typing it makes me want to scream!
  • those ones instead of those I even find myself saying it too grrrr
  • Nothing. I was an English major and I know the difference between exasperate and exacerbate but when others use them improperly I don't cringe, nor "look down on" them nor feel it is my job to critique them and set them straight. What annoys me are those Grammar/Spelling Police who pounce on others and show off their extreme "expertise/knowledge".... I think they are simply trying to make themselves look good at another's expense. Happy Sunday! :)
  • Their are many, mistakes that really get on my nerves. Among those are those who's speling, and grammar are wrong. Try not to end sentences in prepositions, because I don't see what that's for. I never really split hairs, so I don't care too much. Everyone makes mistakes, especially me. It's when people become grammar police that I find even more annoying! :D
  • When it comes to the written word, like here on AB I just ignore it, usually. One word that really bugs me however is irregardless. It's not a word, although it has been used so frequently that it is now in the dictionary.
  • anything in ebonics
  • I actually like a grammatical incorrection or two when they are done on purpose for humour. Like when someone says something like 'Hey man, can you borrow me your frisbee?' I think it shows the fantastic flexibillity of our language!
  • I have never given a rat's butt about grammar, etiquette, or any similar rot....much to the abject dismay of past English teachers, or our resident wannabe English teachers here. If words like ain't, irregardless, or whatever can pull some triggers, and put snowflakes into meltdown mode, just consider me the Eveready Bunny!
  • Grammar doesn't bother me that much, I'm used to regional idioms & dialects & not bothered by split infinitives etc. but a pet peeve of mine is people pronouncing the letter "H" as "haitch", my English teacher taught us it was spelled "aitch".
    • mushroom
      There are various regional dialects in the US. When you pronounce "Mary," "marry" and "merry," do they all sound the same?
    • Professor Yaffle
      Not in my accent, they are pronounced as they are written.
  • someone saying it don't work that way I think the correct wording is "It doesn't work that way"
  • Not so much grammatical as logical. "hot water heater" If the water was hot it wouldn't need heating. If any specification is needed which its not it would be called a cold water heater because it heats cold water! Its simply a water heater. I'm used to it from most people but when its on an advertisement that's just unacceptable. Just like the lady on the commercial that can't pronounce Birmingham properly. Here's a clue: it ends in ham and its pronounced ham! NOT UM.
    • Professor Yaffle
      That is an interesting point about pronunciation, is the lady in the commercial American or British? I ask because Birmingham in the West Midlands of England would be pronounced by most English people as "Bermingum" or "Bermingam." I will make an effort to use the American pronunciation in future if I'm refering to Birmingham, Alabama but stick to the British if I'm talking about the West Midlands. Tomato/tomato, two nations divided by a common language!
    • mushroom
      It is helpful to avoid misunderstand by using the local pronunciation. If you ask for "HYOOS-tin" Street in New York City, you may be asked if you meant "HOUSE-tun." However, some Polish speakers I have met take offense at the pronunciation of the road named for General Kosciuzko as "Cos-key-US-ko."
  • It annoys me when somebody says "I seen", or "borrow me" something is another one. "Axe" a question is another one.
  • me bad or what say you

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