posted on Apr, 24 2013 @ 04:16 PM
Oh yes, I feel your pain!
Spelling/Tyops *=-)*, and composition don't bother me so much, but I can become annoyed when I see the wrong use of specific words or inaccurate
phrases . I try not to let it bother me while I'm reading, because I am sure I have been guilty of similar things in the past.
There are several mis-used words and phrases that get under my skin when I see, or hear, them...
One that makes me want to dig up my grandma and slap her, more than most others, is the incorrect pronunciation of 'especially'. I guess there are a
lot of people who just don't know how to pronounce it or spell it, because I hear it spoken as 'exspecially', 'ekspecially', 'igspecially',
'egspecially'. Another peave is when I see 'specially' where 'especially' should be used, ex.;
"I thought so, *specially* when I found out they ate one too!"
It can make me cringe to hear and it's even worse when a supposed scholar pronounces it this way.
One of the worst offenders of this is Univ. Southern California Trojans' coach Lane Kiffin. Not only does he hack the word 'especially', saying
'ekspecially', he uses it very often. In fact, it seems as if he may think it's cool to pronounce it as 'ekspecially'. I wish someone would
politely tell him, and others who hack the word to pieces, that they sound phonetically retarded.
Periodically I will see new phrases being field dressed. This makes me wonder, 'What are these people being taught in spelling/writing/speaking
classes or why do they ignore the proper pronunciation?' Is it laziness, ignorance, or a genuine learning disability?
Here are some of the phrases I have found at the 'Butcher Shop':
~- Case and Point ~~ Case in Point -~
~- Cue ~~~ Queue ~~~ Que -~
~- Simular ~~~~~~ Similar -~
The next phrases I see as 'Fad' Phrases, used in pop-culture as the 'it' or 'in' phrase. These can be very annoying, but there are some fun ones
too! I've only posted a couple, but I am sure anyone reading this can think of many, many, many more... such as, being 'Munsoned' - from the movie
'KingPin' (although I do like the Munsoned word):
~- 'So it begins' or 'And so it begins'-~
~- 'Winning'-~ - this one wasn't so bad, because of the way it came about.
Other Incorrect Phrases I've Noticed:
~- Chester Drawers -vs- Chest of drawers -~
~- Yet Alone -vs- Let Alone -~
~- Leave and Let Leave - or - Leave and Let Live - or - Live and Let Leave -~
~- I could care less vs. I couldn't care less. -~
- Using 'then' where 'than' should be used & vice-versa, is really annoying and is used A LOT!
Joe says, 'When the Fed slaps the wrist of the banks it is literally the pot calling the kettle black.' auh... not unless the feds and
banks miraculously turned into talking kettles and pots
- Prescribe -vs- Subscribe
- Prescribe/Prescription pronounced and/or typed 'Perscribe' - or - 'Perscription'
- your -vs- you're (you are)
I know there are many more incorrect usages and I am sure I'll always see new ones throughout my life. I just hope the mis-use of new phrases and
words isn't continually getting worse through time