After my post on grammar pet peeves, Bob Robinson e-mails:
Bad grammar is such an issue with me that I irritate my wife by yelling at people on TV! Here are just a few of the things that annoy the hell out of me:Stuart Snyder adds five more:
- Any commercial or person that says “x times (more, less, faster, etc)”, when the proper phrase is “x times as”: The new Tide is 3 times more concentrated than the leading competitor”. So, is the new Tide 4 times as concentrated, or only 3 times as concentrated. This could be the basis of a lawsuit for false advertising.
- Anyone who says they are “more” anything when they should simply be using a word ending in “er”, as in happier, sadder, faster, etc.
- News anchors who say “Next, our story about…”, and then proceed to tell us the story. I’m sorry, but that’s not “next”, it’s NOW.
We need remedial classes in possessive vs. plural, as the misuse of the apostrophe has become more prevalent. Yesterday, I saw supermarket signs reading "Banana's on sale!" and "Order your Thanksgiving turkey's now!"
- Those who say, “I could care less” actually mean “I couldn't care less.”
- Though “irregardless” is a word found in some dictionaries, it’s not a proper word. Use “regardless” instead.
- An apostrophe is never used to form a plural.
- “It’s” is short for “it is.” “Its” means “belonging to it.”
- “Loose” and “lose” are two different words.