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Things that make me go "ack:"
Netspeak. F ur gunna uz a keybd, at leest go 4 fonetix.
Message board arguments.
All the lame cliches that seem to get worked into message board arguments by those that love them ("Even if you win, you're still a [enter deminuative term here.]" "Ive heard your diatribe before." "So you must ride the short bus." "How does it feel to wear a helmet all day?" And so on.)
(Apologies in advance for all of you that have one) Cell phones. I hate them in the supermarket, I hate them at the mall, beach, on the lake fishing, and most of all I hate seeing them clamped to someone's ear as they sway into my lane while driving. My wife owns one, and she is one of those pull-the-car-off-the-road people, but I will NEVER.
Most of all, elitism or snobbery of any kind. I personally think this is the humanity's single biggest problem, the one thing that separates man from woman, race from race, rich from poor, Islam from Christian . . . if we could simply stop thinking we are better than each other maybe we could start working "together."
(Yes I am a hopeless romantic, without it I have no faith in humanity. I wouldn't have it any other way.)
Main one I guess is native English speakers who can't seem to use anything approximating decent grammar. If English ISN'T one's first language, that's fine; but if one has had at least the normal 12 years of school in this country, one should be able to construct a sentence properly.... I absolve EVERYONE of spelling mistakes, though, since English is such a conglomerate of rules that make little to no sense.
(And I'm sure SOMEONE will point out those of us who use too many ellipses! Well, we all have our little idiosyncracies.... and one of mine is ellipses.... *laughing*)
Fat people who walk slowly in the middle of the pavement. Actually, fat people who walk a slightly meandering path, slowly, in the middle of the pavement.
Housemates who put dirty dishes in the sink and then leave them. (As if their mother lives in the house or something...)
People who pronounce Pokemon "Poke-a-mon" when the word is an abbreviation of "Pocket Monster".
English-speakers who say: "Yes, but everyone in the world speaks English," when, fairly evidently, more than 70% don't and then use it as a justification for speaking English to everyone when they're abroad without even apologising.
People like my Mum who curse Muslims without ever having met a Muslim, let alone having hung out / gone out with several.
Non-smokers who preach about smoking as if all smokers are determined to subject non-smokers to passive smoking, when many smokers just want to be left in peace to have a cigarette with their smoking friends.
I'll come up with some more in a second...
>> Typing being referred to as 'saying'.
What's wrong with that?
>> Typing isn't just about making meaningless marks on paper
Where's the period?
>> People who spell "a lot" alot
Someone has stolen all the periods.
>> Hehehe you caught me with my pants down Encyclo good one
Do you have something against punctuation marks?
>> Main one I guess is native English speakers who can't seem to use anything approximating decent grammar.
Hear, hear (otherwise spelt as here, here). English is my second language. I make an effort to use it correctly. I don't see why native speakers can't. It annoys me when they don't even try.
English is my second language. I make an effort to use it correctly. I don't see why native speakers can't.
Correct English is what native speakers of English speak. That's the definition of correct English. Everything else is just somebody imposing rules from outside.
The same goes for correct Hungarian, correct Bengali, etc.
Actually, when you think of it, since every language contains a multiplicity of dialects, then there must be more than one "correct" English, Hungarian, Bengali, etc.
I suppose one of my pet peeves is people trying to impose invented rules on languages, instead of trying, scientifically, to discover what the real rules are.
Irony at work. The word "your" in this context is an abbreviation of the 2 words "you are", and should therefore be spelled "you're" - with an apostrophe. This is one of the most common and laziest mistakes in written English (for native users...).
If I see it on a C.V.; straight in the bin.
This sort of thing is also noticeable with various other homonyms: too, to (but not two - people seem to get number words just fine....); peace, piece; their, there, they're - and its corollary theirs and there's; as Macro pointed out, here, hear; and maybe the worst of a bad lot, its (POSSESSIVE, folks!), and it's (contraction of it is).
I really think that since people TALK so much, they simply don't learn the spelling/meaning differences, which don't seem to appear in conversation. So when they enter "speech" by keyboard they just don't realize it's wrong....
Nope - I don't teach English. I write. And I try VERY hard not to preach at people on most fora I visit. But this thread was just too good an opportunity to pass up....
This is one of the most common and laziest mistakes in written English
I know. You obviously did not "get" the humour. Nor did you seem to notice the "you was".
All of you was making fun of others when your not perfect yourself. Yes, I crammed all my pet peeves together in there. ;)
Does the smiley help?
I got a really good price for my new external backup drive (from a well-known retail chain), but I had to fill out a form with my name and address in order to get almost half of my money back - which arrived as a check in the mail over a month later.
I mean honestly if you're going to give me a deal on something, do it at point-of-purchase, don't make me go out and buy a stamp. And then when the check arrived, I had to go to the bank right away to deposit it because it had an expiry date which was only 2 days away. What an annoyance.
Picture (pronounced pitcher)
especially (pronounced ex-pecially)
supposedly (pronounced suppose-a-bly)
ask (pronounced axe)
I always ask people how to spell those words when they say them wrong. Needless to say, they spell them wrong most of the time. Arrrrg.
Don't even get me started on sentences ending in a preposition! "Where are you at?" Arrrg. I saw a commercial on TV saying that the bar was “where it’s at”! sheesh.