Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Supposibly, I Hate You

When it comes to grammar, there are many things people do that annoy me.

I’m sure that there are some things I do that annoy people, too.  For example, people might get mad when they see the prepositions that I sometimes end sentences with.

Additionally, I always mispronounce “nuclear” so that it sounds more like “new-cue-lur.”

I probably do other annoying things, but whatever.  This isn’t about me.

I can shrug off almost any grammatical error.  There is one particular word, however, that is a deal breaker.  One unforgivable mistake that will send me into a state of mental rage.



If you say the word “supposibly” instead of “supposedly,” then I most likely hate you.

To show you how much the word “supposibly” bothers me, let me show you a text that I received last week:


Yea, that’s right.  My hatred of “supposibly” is so strong that it inspires friends who I haven’t spoken to in months to text me about it.

The people who are closest to me know that this non-word is my biggest pet peeve.  If one of my friends and I are ever in the auditory vicinity of someone who utters this four-syllable word of death, my friend will look at me the same way a citizen of Pompeii might have looked at a rumbling Mount Vesuvius.  They just know what is whirling in my head, what I want to spew out, and it’s not gonna be good.

One of my greatest qualities is the fact that I can let things go.  No matter what you do, I will forgive you for your grammatical blunders. 

“Nip it in the butt,” you say?  No problem.  Go ahead and nip it wherever you want.

“For all intensive purposes,” you say?  I don’t know what kind of intense purposes you have, but I am sure that they are justifiably extreme.

“Your the best,” you tell me.  Aw, I don’t care that you haven’t quite mastered the difference between “your” and “you’re.”  I think it’s kinda cute, so long as it comes in the form of a compliment.

See that?  Your grammatical mistakes and other English errors annoy me, but I quickly let them go.

And my spirit of forgiveness goes much deeper than mere grammatical pardon.  It transcends to a level that most people can’t imagine.

Let me show you what I mean:

In high school, I dated a girl named Lynn.

I liked Lynn a lot.  But then she cheated on me with her ex-boyfriend, Don.

Don still liked Lynn a lot.

Wanting to have Lynn all to himself, Don informed me that Lynn had come over to his house on Saturday night and had gone all the way to third base.

Yea, you heard me right.  Third base.

It wasn't just the fact that he told me.  It was the way that he did, in the cruelest of tones – one that made me want to bash someone’s face in for the first time in my life.

My little high-school heart was broken.

Like this.  But less literal.

But now, many years later, I have gotten over it and forgiven Lynn.  I still talk to her to this day.  I also still sometimes exchange pleasantries with the dude she cheated on me with (there’s that preposition again!).

Except for their names, all the above facts are true.  I am seriously a forgiving kind of guy.  Probably to a fault.

But let’s pretend that instead of Don maliciously telling me what my girlfriend did to him, one of my best friends broke the news to me gently, so that the betrayal could be comprehended in a much less painful manner:

“Hey Youngman… you better sit down.  Listen, man… there’s something I’ve got to tell you and it’s gonna sting.”

“W-what is it?”

“Before I tell you, I just want you to know that I am your best friend, and I am here for you.  I’ve always got your back and if there is anything you need, just ask.”

Pretend that these are dudes, and you'll get the picture*.
*Apparently, women are the only ones who comfort each other.  A Google Image search for "comforting friends" yields only images of women comforting each other.  Also, many of them appear as if they are about to kiss, if you are into that sort of thing.

“Okay, man.  Thanks.  But just tell me.  What happened?”

“Well… supposibly Lynn cheated on you with Don.”

“What did you say?”

“I know it’s hard to hear, but I thought you needed to know that your girlfriend wasn’t faithful to you.”

“No, did you say supposibly?”

“Yea, I mean I am not positive, but a lot of people are talking about it.”

“DID YOU SAY SUPPOSIBLY?”

“Yes.  Look man, I can go ask around some more to make sure before you do anything drastic.  You’re my best friend, and I wouldn’t hurt you like this unless I was sure.  Do you need a hug?

“BUT YOU ARE INCORRECT!  DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND THAT?”

“No man, I wouldn’t have come to you if I wasn’t, like, 99% sure that she cheat-“

And at this point I would have punched him in the face, my saint-like forgiveness completely out the window.

"THIS!  IS!  SUPPOSEDLY!"

With all my anger and rage directed at him, I would have probably punched him so hard that he would die.  Then I would have my new best friend, Don, help me bury the body and I would live happily ever after with Lynn, feeling no remorse whatsoever for the decisions I made in this fantasy.

But perhaps I am being too harsh.  Even my best friend in this fantasy still has a chance with me, albeit a slight chance.

Someone who says “supposively,” with a “V”, has no chance whatsoever.

And even worse, someone who writes the word.

Almost every word processor has a spell check.  It even tells me when I am spelling a word wrong in my text messages (as seen above in my text with Jen).

DON’T YOU SEE THE SQUIGGLY RED LINE?

And it is at this point that I must stop writing.  Because I am about to post some screenshots of people who actually wrote the dreaded word.  I am about to deface the internet with even more flecks of this bastardization of a word.

And I am not certain what doing such an act will do to my heart.  My soul.

I don’t know what lies on the other end of posting this evidence for you, my dear readers.  Hopefully doing this won’t kill me.  I can only pray that I will be around to write for you another day, though I fear that I won’t be the same Youngman Brown.

Good luck, everyone.  And if the internet breaks, I am sorry.

-Youngman Brown








Sorry about the YouTube fail above.  You have to actually go to YouTube to watch it, which is a super-stressful thing to have to do.  I know.  Plus, you have to listen to Joey, who is the worst.  Chandler is there, though.  And he is the best.


Do you have an unforgivable pet peeve, grammatical or otherwise?  Tell us about it by commenting below.  Unless it will make you severely depressed, as writing this post has made me.

151 comments:

  1. When I started reading this post, it was Friends I thought of straight away!

    Facebook annoys me - all those people I thought were quite clever can't even tell the different between there and they're. Deep breath... (Not friends, I should say EMPHATICALLY, friends of friends!)

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  2. Ha ha ha. Thanks for the laugh as usual. While I don't get quite the rage going on that you have, I can't stand it when people accept ignorant mutations as the correct phrase either. The ones that incur rage in me are the people who actually say LOL. WTF? Stop being so damn stupid!

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  3. Supposibly is indeed a horrible bastardization of the English language. For me "exspecially" is the most cringe worthy word ever. I mean, you can look at the word especially and see there's only an s there - no k, no c, and no x. Why are you pronouncing non-existent letters?

    Thanks - this was supposibly an exspecially good post.

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    1. Hahaha yea I forgot about expecially. That was definitely a prominent one growing up.

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  4. I had thought about posting about one of things that make my inner grammar Nazi go WWII on someone, but I can't remember what it was now. I guess it doesn't rile me up as much as I thought it did last week when PMS made me want to blow up the world.

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    1. You are scaring me with all of these Nazi, WWII, and blowing up the world references. Woo Sah.

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  5. I hate it when people look at me.... SO ANNOYING :)

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    1. Ack! I know what you mean! Or when they smile.

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  6. I just had this conversation with my husband this morning. The word that sets my teeth on edge, making me want to punch the throat from which it crawled, is IRREGARDLESS. That really hurt to type.

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    1. Haha that is actually one of the ones I was going to use in my examples of things that I can let go. But it just isn't.

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  7. Wow. Stuff like that just rolls off me. Guess it takes a whole lot more to piss me off. Half the time, I am on the phone, texting, talking to my kids and blogging all at the same time, so I'm lucky what I'm typing makes any sense at all.

    Guess I should go ahead and apologize now for any and all grammar errors I have ever made or will surely make in the future. It's never my intention to offend anyone, I'm just preoccupied a lot of the time.

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    1. Just don't say "supposibly" or "supposively" and I promise we will be cool :)

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  8. There are so many that irk me, but the only one I can think of on the spot is "I could care less" when they actually mean that they couldn't.

    I grew up in a gramatically correct household in a province full of super heavy accents, and where the teachers couldn't care less (see what I did there?) about fixing all the horrendous grammar flowing through their classes. Many write on facebook just like they talk. You're/your is just the tip of the iceberg and on the right days it can send me into a blind rage.

    Oh, and people who use the word beauty in place of beautiful. "It's a Beauty day!" Oh, are you dressing up as Belle from Beauty and the Beast? Just finish the word! It's one more syllable!

    Sorry, rant done.

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    1. Wow, I've never heard someone say "It's a beauty day," but if I did I would just assume that they were a foreigner.

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  9. Gah! I'm with you on this one. This is my most hated word mess up as well. But I spell it like on the YouTube link, 'cause I like to give folks the benefit of the doubt that the word they're mistakenly using, is because they are thinking, "supposed to be able." At least then I don't have to hate them so much for saying it.

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    1. Haha that is awfully kind of you to give them the benefit of the doubt like that.

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  10. This cracked me up! There are a lot of mispronunciations that drive me crazy, but my biggest pet peeve is when people use quotes incorrectly! Note to our Chinese take out place - Nothing on a menu should be inside quotation marks. You're scaring me.

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    1. Hahah yea you should definitely stay away from the "chicken."

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  11. As an Aussie, your use of 'bastardization' makes me want to kill you. So we cool.

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  12. This is a post in which grammar Nazis unite! They are so many non-words out there it's hard to pick one I hate the most. I hate them all!

    I might have to come back when I'm not at work and start listing some of the worst ones!

    Your and you're drive me insane!

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    1. Don't forget to, two, and too.

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    2. Nuther. Just nuther of those words I can't stand!

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  13. My dad said supposibly and Odviously. I used to grind my teeth thanks to him.

    But, then again, when I was I child I would say "for on now" instead of "from now on." I was 4. I think I could be forgiven... but dad? COME ON.

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    1. I've never heard anyone say "odviously." I think I will let him go on that one, considering he is the originator.

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  14. I feel ya, man. It gets on my nerves as well.

    You would really, *really* hate living in Miami. The folks down here think that the-word-that-shall-not-be-uttered/written is a legitimate, functioning word that will be found in the dictionary.

    In fact, it was even mocked in one of those "Shit People Say" videos on YouTube. Warning: it features the-word-that-shall-not-be-uttered and its most devious cousin, irregardless.

    Video of Miami accents and the most dreaded word

    (For the record: I do NOT speak like the actors in the video nor is my accent anything like theirs. I actually get asked by people in Miami where I come from. :P)

    -Barb the French Bean

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  15. My worst are:

    'beckon call' (it's 'beck and call')
    'would of' (it's 'would have') AND my all time pet peeve is:
    'to' vs 'too'! 'Too good' is not 'to good', dammit!

    Great post! :)

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    1. Yes, I have a few friends who can't stand "would of" and "could of" also!

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  16. Ha ha! Thanks for the laugh! I really needed that today!

    The one grammar error that aggravates me the most is when people ask, "Where are you at?" Just that one question. I don't know why, but I cannot stand to hear that. It is like nails on a chalkboard to me! So, I always respond, "Before the at!"

    I do not mind so much when people make errors while speaking, especially if I don't know them, because I have a speech impediment, so I know what it is like to not be able to pronounce certain words correctly {and have people pick on you because of it}! So, I grit my teeth and bite my tongue {when I can}.

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    1. Haha "Before the at." Are you a teacher? I am pretty sure that one or two of my teachers have said this in the past :)

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    2. Too funny! I am not a teacher yet, but my major is Elementary Education and my hopes are to teach one day!

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  17. Ax = ask or liberry = library. Other than that my pet peeve is ppl who misspell a bunch of words in a sentence. I mean, I understand everyone misspells here and there and everyone has suffered from a typo or auto correct, but to butcher a whole sentence. I'll give you an example. This is what my cousin posted to me the other day on Facebook (most of her posts are like this):

    "does any one know all of grandma's syblings in cluding miss carrages?"

    Just so you understand the oddity of the post, she was working on a family tree for a school project. She is a senior. Yep, somehow she made it to the 12th grade with grammar and spelling like that. Myself, with a quick glance, I immediately find 6 things wrong with the sentence. But at least she didn't say ax or liberry.

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    1. And she was doing so well with the first six or seven words!

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  19. I got into a long discussion with someone I know about how he kept using "yuhr" as a replacement for "your" and "you're".
    It really irritated the hell out of me, and he told that he spelled it that way because of all the girls he knew.
    Apparently they all spell it that way, so I told him I should come give his friends some spelling lessons.
    I have a weird compulsion to spell correctly, if I don't, I get pissed off at myself.
    Glad to know I'm not the only one who gets annoyed by people who spell stupidly.

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    1. Yea, I have to spell perfectly as well. But it is weird. In e-mails I almost never capitalize.

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  20. Normally if we were close buddies, this would be the time for me to use your pet peeve word, just to make you twitch... but I won't. I might end up like Victoria...

    I don't have a necessity to correct or a rage when incorrect words are used, but for some reason my inner-English sees all mistakes like the aforementioned "your" "you're" and "their" "there" "they're". I find myself looking for the grammar nazi, the one who catches all and corrects all.

    Your anonymous poster might be the person who corrects, but I love breaking out a good "irrespective" because those conditioned to blow a gasket on irregardless start to correct me, then the fun begins...

    I did recently post about the cashier who was "being have" instead of "behaving" which made me twitch a good bit. I nipped that in the butt tho. :)

    WG
    http://itsmynd.com

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    1. Victoria must have removed her own reply, I guess.

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    2. I wondered about that too Mr. Wily. Speaking of irregardless, I almost hate to mention this considering my below post but for some reason my sister (my twin) and I thought irregardless were a word. I mentioned twin because I guess we think alike in most things, lol. It wasn't until our mother told us it wasn't a word that we looked it up in the dictionary and its taken me almost a year now to stop saying that. Mission has been accomplished though. I aim to stay grammatically correct...

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    3. The funny thing is that "supposably" is actually a word, but it obviously cannot be used in the place of "supposedly." But supposably still gets a red underline from spell-check.

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    4. I just googled it and its the dumbest real word I've ever heard. When I have time to think about it I can write a lot of words that you would probably get snarky about. How about purkle for pickle? Us southerners have lots of stuff like that, lol And I ALWAYS try to correct anything with a red underline :)

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    5. Let me emphasize the "red underlines", they REALLY irritate me till I get the words spelled right.

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  21. Great post GYB. I, too, have a compulsion to spell correctly. I was in many spelling bees in school so if you ever see a typo on any of my posts it because I'm at work and typing in a hurry. Plus I worked in Legal for many years. I think with the beginning of texting, the american word started getting trashed, or maybe people are just dumbed down now. You know, no kid left behind and all. Its taken me years to finally not grind my teeth over mispronounciations, misspellings or usage. Your and You're are probably one of mine but I've gotten so used to it being misused that I read it correctly whether its typed that way or not, lol. The one word that still makes me go Nutbush (that's southern for Nazi or WWII or 600)is the word "umbilical". Weird huh? My ex used to pronounce it "umbiblical" and would get made when I tried to correct him. I had 2 kids by C-section so there were stories repeated year after year.

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    1. Haha yea I guess it really comes down to how often words are misused around us before they really start getting under our skin.

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  22. And it's SPAGHETTI, not Pasketti...

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    1. I like pasketti better. hehe

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    2. When I was a kid I called is "Basketti." Lasagna was "Basanya."

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  23. The two worst southern words for me (being a transplanted Yankee) are 1. birfday, instead of birthday and 2. hectiv, instead of hectic. LAWD, those just make my skin crawl.

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    1. Haha "birfday" is another one I forgot about!

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  24. my pet peeve involves people saying Joey is "the worst"

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    1. You're right. Rachel is the worst. But Joey is a close second.

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    2. What are these names being used for?

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    3. The television show, "Friends."

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  25. I forgive most of them (I make some too, hey I'm not Polly Fucking Perfect okay?) BUT I always chuckle (inside) about grammatical errors and I make a mental note never to do business with those folks. I WILL have sex with them though. However, you and I differ on "your" and "you're" - I can't handle it... so much so that I WILL point out that it is a stupid fucking mistake and tell you that if you can't figure it out you have no business breathing... but I will still fuck you... unless you say "aks," then we are REALLY done. Holy shit, I'm kinda new here and I just "f-bombed" the SHIT out of your blog. I hope that's okay.

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    1. Haha no problem at all. I'm glad that I could provide a forum for you to vent.

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    2. Ahem, its "axs".....just sayin. *ducks and runs*

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    3. "axs", "aks" -- ass... its all the same. :) And thanks... love your blog.

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    4. You're right about the axs thing and thanks. I don't expect to be read. Yall (there's the word) have made me want to start putting all my funny stuff down so I can go back and remember them also. My mother has told me all my life I should write a book about my life story. I just don't think I'm a writer.

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  26. Love it! Supposibly/supposively is my husband's pet peeve as well. He has a very similar reaction to yours when people say or write it, always cracks me up! I can't think of anything that really makes me want to cut someone, most mistakes like that I can laugh at and move on, my rage is usually only triggered when driving...Oh, the road rage :)

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    1. Haha you can check out previous posts if you want to read about road rage :)

      And your husband sounds like a pretty cool dude!

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  27. I never really realized how much it bothered me until now... thanks a lot, Brown. :|

    My pet grammar peeve isn't really a grammar peeve at all... well, sort of... ITS WHEN PEOPLE TYPE IN ALL CAPS FOR EVERYTHING THAT THEY WRITE ONLINE ALL THE TIME. It's irrational, I know.

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    1. No worse than Brown never capitalizing. Just kidding I hate that too. I feel like I'm being screamed at for a whole paragraph, lol.

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    2. Oh man, I can't believe I forgot to include that. I HATE when people write in caps, unless it is for emphasis for one particular word, as I have showcased in this sentence.

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  28. This is awesome. I am right there with you. My word? Samwich. It's sandwich, dudes. Never ever samwich. Even my 6 year old can say sandwich. Aaaand....there's my rant.

    Thoroughly enjoyed this post.

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    1. Or even better: sammitch, with no W!

      Thanks!

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  29. Dear Lord this must be grammar day. On my facebook a lot of my friends are also in a discussion of misused, misspelled words and all the above have been mentioned. I swear I haven't said a word.

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    1. I suppose that great minds really do think alike!

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  30. I loved this because that is a deal breaker for me too...along with say "exspecially" instead of especially and anyways...instead of anyway. People who know me look at me if someone else uses these to watch me try not to lose it.

    Thank you for the giggle and the creedence for my hatred of these misuse of words.

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    1. Hey, people like us have to stick together in our hatred.

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  31. I see red and want to KO somebody when they say irregardless. I don't care what anybody says---it's not a freaking word! And when people say "nother" as in a whole "nother"....NOT A WORD!!!

    Suposibly is not okay and would drive me nuts but those two...oh those two make me livid. Sometimes people make up words and it's kinda adorable, endearing even, but certain words just piss you off. I get it.

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    1. yea iregardless is an oldie but goodie.

      I'm very interested in learning what an adorable made-up word is so that I can practice.

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  32. I love this post and forwarded it to my 2 fellow "grammar police" girlfriends! By girlfriends I mean friends that are girls, you will not find any photos of us comforting each other in a near-kiss pose. Sorry! As for the grammar guffaw that makes me crazy? AIN'T That word makes my skin crawl. There may not be any other word in the English language that can make even the brightest person sound like an idiot!

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    1. Haha "ain't" and "y'all" are two that I don't mind at all, actually.

      And thanks for sharing with your friends, I appreciate it!!

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    2. Whew,glad to hear that. I use "ain't" when I'm being funny with my friends, but I want to know how in the world everyone else says yall. Its the southern way....

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  33. When I saw your title you instantly lost my vote and I felt betrayed. I thought to myself, Oh, shit, he thinks he is a writer but he can't spell properly. I felt betrayed because I like your posts and regard you as a writer's writer. Thank f. it was tongue-in-cheek. You have revitalized my faith in writers. (-: And yes, I'm right there with you on the grammar thing.

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    1. Haha phew. I'm glad I didn't lose ya!

      And thanks for considering me a writer's writer. That comment means a lot to me, especially coming from you!

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  34. This is hilarious.

    Do you want to hear a sentence that once made an English major like myself vomit in my mouth? I seriously heard this once. Seriously. It's stuck with me for years.

    "Supposibly Jamie seen her with him at the movies. I don't know what she was with him for."

    My ears bled.

    Yes, I live in the South.

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    1. Oh my. That paragraph should have read, "Being an English major, the following sentence made me vomit in my mouth. I seriously heard the following. Seriously. It has stuck with me for years."

      That awkward shit I originally posted made me, my English degree, my alma mater AND the South look bad...supposibly.

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    2. Ugh. That sentence.

      I read it a few times and tried to find a way for it to be even more wrong while still being able to understand the premise, but I found it impossible.

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    3. The Writer, LOL seriously that is how I hear a lot of people talk here in the South and it makes me want to scream too. Our School Superintendant on TV mispronounced a word I can no longer remember, but I remembered thinking at the time how horrible it was. No wonder we are cranking out kids that don't know how to talk or write. Ugh.

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    4. Ahhhh!! I just saw this comment, after I had left my comment on Youngman's post, I'm also in the south and one of my biggest pet peeves (not even just grammatical, but in general) is the "I seen" statement.

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  35. 1. You get QUADRUPLE bonus points for posting Gerard Butler.

    2. Elvis Duran gets me through sitting in traffic every morning. I lovveeee him. Especially, when he wishes diarrhea on people.

    3. I say supposibly and am extremely offended.....I kid, I kid. I would never do that!!!!!!! But I do say CUE-pon instead of COO-pon. How do you feel about that?? hahaha

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    1. 1) Gotta say, Gerard Butler is one of my favorite actors. Teeny tiny man-crush.

      2) Never listened.

      3) I said CUE-PON all my life, too! But I have been trying to actively work on it and say it the right way. But this is definitely an allowable offense!

      4) I like to do things in fours.

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    2. 4. I like organization, especially in comments. :)

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    3. LOL - I say CUE-pon too; just like "chop meat" and "string beans'...I never knew once I left NY that no else said it that way - oops

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    4. What ELSE do they call chop meat and string beans?!?!?!?!?!?!

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  36. This is why we would be friends in the real world. That is one of my biggest pet peeves as well.

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  37. I agree. However . . . English is not a dead language. That means that people change it all the time. They create new words by blending others together, by using horrid reverse etymology, and by mispronouncing things. At some point, words are just used enough to be considered real. This isn't there yet, and I cringe to think it may be in the future. I am aware, though, that that is one of the perils of having such a flexible language and billions of people speaking it all the time.

    Erin

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    1. You bring up a very good point. Every year, tons of new words are added to the dictionary.

      I also hope that "supposibly" will never be added, though!

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  38. hahaha, I started reading this post and "all intensive purposes" immediately came to mind.

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  39. hahahah, you are hilarious! if this is the sort of awesome stuff you come up with, then i'll definaetly come back for more!

    /follows/

    f-a-i-r-y-l-i-g-h-t-s.blogspot.com

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    1. I can promise you that Youngman does come up with some awesome stuff! He's definitely worth following. He's one of my favorite bloggers.

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    2. Thanks Catherine, and thanks Missy! <3

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  41. This made me realised the word that I cannot bear. It makes me feel ill just thinking about it.
    Babe.
    Who actually calls their partner babe unless they want to be dumped that second?
    Which girl actually wants to be called babe?
    It's such a diminishing word:
    "Babe, just gimme a second."
    "Calm down, Babe"
    "N'aww Babe!"
    I literally want to strangle anyone who uses the word.
    Now, I'm a second chance kinda person but if a future boyfriend calls me babe...I would find it hard to give that second chance.
    If a boyfriend calls me babe, to me it's almost as punishable as cheating.
    Not entirely sure what it is about the word that P's me off so much...
    M. x

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    1. I totally get this, and have a lot of friends who call their significant other "babe." I think it pisses me off because I am single.

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    2. Don't hate on me but I've always liked being called babe, hon, love any pet name besides my own. It makes me feel more special? Youngman I have no idea why you are single. It just amazes me with your wit and looks. You're :) welcome.

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  42. Yes! I have a grammatical pet peeve that makes me feel like you do about the word... nope, I'm not going to type it. I don't want to accidentally make you hate me. :)

    My peeve: A lot of southerners will often say "I seen.." As in "I seen that at Walmart." Ugh, typing that out made my brain hurt. Whenever I state that I've seen something, I try to put emphasis on the "ve" part for fear that other intelligent people won't hear it and think I'm ignorant.

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    1. Haha I would never hate you!

      Unless you said "supposibly." Then I would.

      And yea, "I seen" is something I hear so often that I'm used to it. But I can understand you putting the emphasis of the "have" part of it!

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    2. See, that's why I didn't take the chance on typing out that ridiculous word. HA!

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  43. That same word drives me nuts and I have called out many people on their stupidity.

    Other words that get me riled:
    Adults who still say Libary instead of Library. Children are forgiven for missing that first 'R' but an adult should know better.

    People who pronounce 'chimney' as 'chimley.' Once again, kids say that. Grow up.

    Also, when typing, the people who still don't know the difference between 'to' and 'too.' How hard is that? They taught us that in the 3rd grade.

    I weep for the educational system and acceptance of ignorance in this country.

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    1. Good ones!

      Don't forget "Febuary" without the R!

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  44. My pet is "heighth" It's NOT a word people!! I cannot tell you how many times I hear people say "The length and and heighth" GRRRRR

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    1. My buddy can't pronounce the word "sixth." He says it "Sickth." He doesn't have a lisp and it is the only word that he pronounces like that.

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  45. PACIFIC instead of SPECIFIC! My 14 year old does this and it pisses me off. She also says inventation rather than invitation. IT KILLS ME! I have spent so much time demanding that my children enunciate and at least use the language properly, and she does this to me. I think it is a personal attack!

    I love you PIMA, but you are killing your mother!

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    1. Aw that would be kinda endearing if she was a little younger.

      I do like "inventation," though. It is like you are inventing an invitation somewhere that you didn't get invited to!

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    1. It is just to confirm that they are real, and not imaginary or a scammer.

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  47. People who say "I could care less" fill me with a molten core of hatred. If you COULD care less then it implies that you do, in fact, care. It's "I COULDN'T care less" you ignorant asshats! ((sigh)) I may or may not have some anger management issues.

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  48. My demon is the inappropriate use of the apostrophe. To all record store owners out there sporting the sign "We have used CD's" I am dying to ask: You have used CD's what? And does CD know you used it? And are you now suggesting that I use it as well, now that you and CD have soiled it? Because, eeeww.

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  49. Dude, it's comforting to see a fellow grammar appreciator. Just because you brought it up, I actually received an e-mail yesterday in which a woman called me "aragant." Naturally, my only response was to inform her that she was 'ign'ant."

    Cheers man!

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    1. Haha was this a fan of the blog or someone you know in real life?

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  50. The word which confirms an action or an agreed upon opinion is spelled

    D-E-F-I-N-I-T-E-L-Y.

    Is there an A in that word? No, my friends. There is not.

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    1. This is definitely one that irks me too!

      See, I was even going to spell it wrong in the previous sentence, but couldn't bring myself to do it!

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    2. That's because grammar is deeply embedded in your soul. As it should be.

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  51. It's more management speak that makes me rage...especially when they take unrelated words and try and to apply them to an business context.

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    1. But how else are we supposed to understand business???

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  52. Love to see grammar getting the crowd riled up.

    Coversate instead of converse is my big one. Thankfully I also think it's funny because I love some good word play.

    A new word I've been hearing a lot is impactful. Gross.

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    1. Impactful. The asteroid the person who said "impactful" was full of impact. Impactful.

      I think it makes sense.

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  53. Hey, I'm visiting from Ash-Matic Does Things. Awesome blog! You've got a new follower.

    As for my pet peeve, I can cope with people writing "your" when they clearly mean "you're," but I become enraged when it's the other way around. They actually have to go out of their way to screw up that bad!

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  54. This is amazing...the last one is the best.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/twitter-spelling-mistakes

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    1. Hahaha those are all pretty awesome, especially "bicurious"

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  55. May I kindly ask who are you ?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne ?
    Shakespeare ?

    No.I don't have pet peeve. I ain't that rotten.

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    1. I wish I was Hawthorne!

      And you are lucky that you don't have pet peeves!

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  56. Love this! My biggest pet peeve is when people say "It's broke." instead of broken!! I actually broke (notice proper use of the word!) up with a boyfriend over it or maybe it was something to do with how he always mixed up their and there and didn't even know they're was a word!!

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    1. Lol, definitely a solid reason to break up with someone.

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  57. Oh, Youngman Brown, your my hero! (see, form of a complement <---- I know that is gonna freak you out to <--- so is that, ha, its ok, deep breath, oops, did it again, "its," damn apostrophe, always leaving town just when you need them, oops pronoun agreement, well, who said I was a writer??)

    Seriouslively, I want to jump thru (inacceptable fast-food bastardizing of the word "through") the Interwebs and give you a big fat hug. (I do not, however, want to go to third base with you. Don might get mad. Or Lynn. Whoever. Someonebody. And where is my close parenthesis by the way????????

    I am going to be back here everyday (oops, sorry) to write grammatcially (what spellcheck?) incorrect comments about your fabulificient posts. Ha! Can't wait!

    best (what does that even mean, "best"? best what?),
    MOV

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  58. I lost it with the 300 picture. I mean *lost* it. I'm unforgiving of the they're/their/there mixups. There's just no excuse for it. I cringe everytime I hear the word "deers" though.

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    1. Haha, yea gotta love 300! I have probably watched it close to 300 times. Eh, maybe closer to 30.

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  59. Misplaced apostrophes and the word "asked" pronounced as "aksed"...very common where I come from!

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  60. I despise the moron that first said "MY BAD" and I want to throttle everyone that uses that stupid misuse of the English language and exile them to Pakistan, dead or not. The people that say 'there is less jobs now' should also be exiled in various states of personal injury. That's like saying 'there's fewer peanut butter in the jar' or "less apples in the fridge' or 'that's more better'. Line up the 'Whazzzup?" people for the next shipment of damaged exiles too.

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  61. By the time I read through all of the comments, I saw that many of my pet peeves had already been addressed. But two more that irritate the heck out of me are when people spell a lot as alot and when my pastor refers to, "The song we just sung." I didn't just sung anything. I sang it.

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    1. You read through all the comments?? I love devoted readers like you alot :)

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  62. yeah, aksed (or is it axed!?) is super duper bad. And all the contraction errors. And I thought the red squiggle was just trying to be cute. And sentences that start with And (actuaraily, I don't mind those), and sentences without verbs.

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    1. I start TONS of sentences with "and" and "but." And I like it :)

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  63. I hate when people say "you's". Drives me nuts. Great post!

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  64. Checking out your blog through a link from another blogger...loving it so far. Anyway, just wanted to add my cringe-inciting word. "Fustrated" Whenever we hear it on TV (and with reality TV, we hear it a lot), my husband almost always turns to me just in time to see me cringe. And then he chuckles. Every time.

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  65. I super late posting on this but I had to share. I HATE, and when I say hate I mean I will go off on you if you say this, when people say "Hold DOWN the fort" rather than the correct "Hold the fort" WTF? Why are you instructing someone to hold the fort down? Is it an inflatable fort made of helium and likely to float away? NO. So learn fucking english and speak correctly :)

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