Keep ’em Coming

This is another installment of your pet peeves, which are pet peeves that you posted on our Pet Peeves page. Some of them might be redundancies, but I doubt they’re as redundant as the previous sentence.

Keep ’em coming–we love to hear them.

  • Saying “on accident”
  • Skipping the word “other” in comparisons, such as “This car gets better gas mileage than any in its class”
  • Hot water heater (Wonder what the problem is with that? Buy Literally, the Best Language Book Ever to find out! Note: I’ve said it before, but book promotion doesn’t have to be subtle.)
  • Same difference
  • How come, as in “How come he didn’t eat?”
  • Saying “axe” instead of “ask”
  • Saying “disorientated”
  • Saying “May I help who’s next” instead of “May I help the next person in line”
  • Trying to sound important through conflated language, such as saying “ground truthing” for “verifying the field data”
  • Saying things like “The city will be replaning trees that it cut down”
  • Using “different than” instead of “different from”
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3 Responses to Keep ’em Coming

  1. Carol Pickerine says:

    I have a pet peeve — using a single open quotation mark when an apostrophe is called for. Ahem.

    • languageandgrammar says:

      A pet peeve would be ending a sentence with a preposition or not closing the space between dashes and corresponding words (ahem); this is an attempt to play gotcha. WordPress CSS dictates such things, not bloggers.

  2. Andrea says:

    “These ones.”

    The phrase makes my skin crawl each time!

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