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You Said It…

Posted by languageandgrammar on June 1, 2009

I’m sure that our regular readers have noticed that we’ve occasionally taken to making posts out of your pet peeves, so that’s what we’ll do again today.

We agree with most of them. We’ve written about some of them (links included). We appreciate all of them, so keep ’em coming.

Leave a comment on the Your Pet Peeves page, and it’ll be highlighted in a post, eventually. Here is today’s installment:

  • “Supposubly” instead of “supposedly”
  • “None” with a plural verb, such as the incorrect “None of us are going” instead of the correct “None of us is going.”
  • Saying “so don’t I” when it should be “so do I”
  • Using “jounaling” as a verb (Oh, I hate that, too!)
  • Mentee
  • “Whether or not” instead of “whether” (Whether or not)
  • Using words such as “crisis” or “problem” in news stories to put a slant on the report
  • Confusion between fewer/less (Fewer Things; Less Stuff)
  • Saying “ask” when “question” should be used (example: “It’s the big ask”)
  • “Waiting on” when it should be “waiting for” (Waiting for You; Waiting On Table 3)
  • “Free gift” (This was included in Literally, the Best Language Book Ever)
  • “First annual”
  • “Overarching” as a new buzzword
  • “Fun” as an adjective (Are We Having Fun Yet)
  • “Functionality” when function would work (Oh, Brother; Can’t We Just Use the @!&# Telephone is the same concept)
  • “No problem” instead of “You’re welcome” (which I also wrote about in Literally, the Best Language Book Ever)
  • “Think out the box” instead of “Think outside the box” (although I vote for banishment of the entire, now tired phrase)
  • “Flush it out” instead of “flesh it out” (Is anyone else thinking about the bathroom right now?)
  • Using useless terms such as “at this point in time” or “in terms of”
  • Trying to sound overly important. The example given by the commenter was too good to not include: “Take a letter to my board members, Ms Smith: Dear Board Members, In terms of levelling the playing field at this point in time, I’m pleased to report that there has been an exponential paradigm shift as we advance up the learning curve and capitalise on discontinuous change with an intense sense of urgency to sandbox our activity within acceptable constraints.”
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One Response to “You Said It…”

  1. Well, this is embarrassing. I’ve learned about a couple errors here. (Thank you.)

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