Author Topic: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch  (Read 61510 times)

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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #16 on: September 16, 2013, 11:09:39 PM »
"Myself and Bob are going fishing."

Grrrrr.
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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #17 on: September 16, 2013, 11:14:18 PM »
"I could care less."

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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #18 on: September 16, 2013, 11:35:09 PM »
"For all intensive purposes"

What do they think that means? Why are the purposes intensive? If this is you and you want to better yourself, it's "For all intents and purposes".

There's a good website with mangled expressions like this. I'm not sure if this is the one I'm thinking of but a search turned up several similar. There's even a name for this phenomenon: eggcorns.

http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/

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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #19 on: September 16, 2013, 11:44:38 PM »
A couple more:

Diffuse/defuse. You do not want to diffuse a bomb, trust me on that one. ;)

Definately.

Congradulations.

Carmel instead of caramel.

Text speak. (replacing words with numbers, shortening words to single letters, etc.)

Capitalizing the first letter of every word, or every other letter. Especially irritating when you're trying to roleplay and one of the participants will not stop typing like that.

All of the sudden.

Recieve.

Use to be.

Shoe-in.

Adverse/averse.

Case and point.

Baited breath. (Fishy!)

...No, I don't twitch a lot. Why would you ever think that? :)
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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #20 on: September 17, 2013, 12:04:04 AM »
I used to be guilty of "definately". I still insist on cinnemon and margerine.......it's my grocery and I'll spell how I want to, spell how I want to

I do correct it when my browser gives me the "hey dummy you misspelled this" red underline.

You can't always trust the computer though because there have been three or more words that it tells me are wrong but I know are right. I have even checked and the compu is wrong. I can't recall what they were now,
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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #21 on: September 17, 2013, 12:09:04 AM »
Person 1:  Hi.  How are you?

Person 2:  Fine.  Yourself?

GAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm sorry Shoo, and I am a bad little grammar and spelling twitcher I suppose but... what exactly is wrong with that?

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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #22 on: September 17, 2013, 12:20:37 AM »
It's instead of its.

I had to edit a report the other day - throughout the entire report they used <its'> instead of <its> ::) I guess they knew there was some issue with the apostrophe but didn't know what to do with iut..,

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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #23 on: September 17, 2013, 12:26:20 AM »
Person 1:  Hi.  How are you?

Person 2:  Fine.  Yourself?

GAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm sorry Shoo, and I am a bad little grammar and spelling twitcher I suppose but... what exactly is wrong with that?

It should be "you" instead of "yourself," because you wouldn't say "How are yourself?"
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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #24 on: September 17, 2013, 12:32:14 AM »
Person 1:  Hi.  How are you?

Person 2:  Fine.  Yourself?

GAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm sorry Shoo, and I am a bad little grammar and spelling twitcher I suppose but... what exactly is wrong with that?

It should be "you" instead of "yourself," because you wouldn't say "How are yourself?"

*facepalm* So what is the punishment for not realizing that?

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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #25 on: September 17, 2013, 12:50:00 AM »
Lots of grammar and spelling issues make me twitch, but I generally don't point them out because I know I'm not perfect. I have to admit that I giggled to myself when I went to pick up my graduation invitations on campus and there was a poster at the pick up desk written in marker that read "invatation pick up".

edit: I just KNEW I'd find a way to make a typo in this post ::)
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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #26 on: September 17, 2013, 12:50:33 AM »
I didn't realize either at first, Nikko. Don't feel bad. :)

Tenderhooks instead of tenterhooks. Then again, I suppose I should just be glad anyone knows that word anymore? I haven't met anyone under the age of about 35 who's even heard it!
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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #27 on: September 17, 2013, 12:53:51 AM »
It's instead of its.

I feel a certain amount of sympathy for the makers of this mistake. Very largely, the possessive in English is formed by " 's" on the end of a noun (cicero's pen; the cat's whiskers); but the possessive of "it" is not "it's", but "its"; though there is a word "its" -- the contraction of "it is".  English can be a confusing, crazy and crazy-making language, full of pitfalls -- even for native English-speakers !

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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #28 on: September 17, 2013, 12:57:06 AM »
I didn't realize either at first, Nikko. Don't feel bad. :)

Tenderhooks instead of tenterhooks. Then again, I suppose I should just be glad anyone knows that word anymore? I haven't met anyone under the age of about 35 who's even heard it!

hey I can at least claim to know about tenterhooks! There is hope for me yet!

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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #29 on: September 17, 2013, 01:09:04 AM »
Tenderhooks instead of tenterhooks. Then again, I suppose I should just be glad anyone knows that word anymore? I haven't met anyone under the age of about 35 who's even heard it!

I'm perhaps too ready to excuse those who butcher the language; but I've long known, and sometimes used, the expression "on tenterhooks" (anxiously waiting to see how something is going to work out), without having the faintest idea what a "tenterhook" was -- and I'm sure I wasn't the only one.  I feel that the word's lacking a literal significance for people, makes them more likely to mangle it.

Googling took me to The Free Dictionary: which says that the expression is "based on the literal meaning of "tenterhook" (a hook that holds cloth that is stretched to dry), suggesting that someone's emotions are tightly stretched like a piece of cloth held by tenterhooks."  This whole thing seems rather far-fetched to me; nonetheless, colloquial English clearly took "on tenterhooks" to its bosom, for quite a long while.