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Keep ’em Coming

Posted by languageandgrammar on August 3, 2009

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 said

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

    • languageandgrammar said

      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 said

    “These ones.”

    The phrase makes my skin crawl each time!

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