I've even seen teachers make this oh-so-painful error, and I shudder to think that we are entrusting the education of the young to those who haven't yet managed to grasp Basic English 101. When I gently pointed it out to the grade two teacher at our school, as the offending phrase in question was posted (in the teacher's printing) on the bulletin board where parents were going to be able to see it, she said that it "didn't matter" because "children need to know that people aren't judged by how they spell".
I know this was incredibly far back in the thread, but after reading through all 7 pages, my jaw is still hanging over the bolded phrase. Please tell me that teacher is no longer manipulating the malleable minds of our young.
I think all of my quirks have been covered here. Proper use of comprised vs. composed of is probably my most bothersome one.
One I haven’t seen here yet:
Thanks to my grade 9 English teacher and the venerable Strunk and White, any time someone tells me they feel nauseous I want to respond “yeah, you are a bit fetid—I’m feeling nauseated thanks to you.” But, I think that common usage has made the cause (nauseous) / effect (nauseated) distinction archaic.