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Poor writing, bad grammar and pet peeves in general

Post by chumley » Oct 18 2010 12:11 pm

Should I even bother mentioning they're, their, and there?

It's vs its?

Your, you're?

How about "for all intensive purposes"?

Somebody on here has mentioned "lightening" before

Which ones get under your skin?
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Post by chumley » Jul 28 2016 3:57 pm

@mazatzal
I was expecting you to add some more colourful language specialising in words that mum would say. :)
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Post by LindaAnn » Jul 28 2016 4:06 pm

lose, loose
than, then
threw, through
sit, set
well, good
were, where, we're
bawl, ball --I saw that one on fb yesterday, and it was so hard to not correct it--but if I keep doing that, I'll have no friends.

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Post by Alston_Neal » Jul 28 2016 5:20 pm

Oh boy another chance to bring up ferrule cats.
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Post by Sredfield » Jul 28 2016 5:32 pm

Their, there, they're, let's all play nicely.


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Post by JoelHazelton » Jul 28 2016 5:45 pm

Pretty much nobody knows how to properly use whom, so the improper use of who doesn't really bother me. I do enjoy bragging that I know how to correctly use who vs whom, though :) But having no friends gets lonely :(
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Post by cactuscat » Jul 28 2016 7:57 pm

I could care less.
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Where is the "dislike" button?

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Post by rcorfman » Jul 28 2016 8:26 pm

Then there is, "data shows." [-X
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Post by flagscott » Jul 28 2016 8:46 pm

rcorfman wrote:Then there is, "data shows." [-X


As a scientist, I've probably used that phrase in published papers a dozen times. Totally acceptable. Usages change over time.

That said, my blood boils when I see sentences that start with "however" or "therefore." I will probably be the last person who still thinks it's wrong to do that.

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Post by chumley » Jul 28 2016 9:24 pm

@flagscott
However, data shows that as a scientist, you shouldn't comment on the humanities. ;)
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Post by The_Eagle » Jul 28 2016 9:31 pm

@chumley
There going too be mad at you to, for saying that.
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Post by nikorock28 » Jul 29 2016 12:14 am

Wat a bunch of eleetis' on this hear form.

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Post by azbackpackr » Jul 29 2016 4:27 am

My latest pet peeve (in what is probably a tediously long list of grammar and spelling pet peeves) has nothing to do with lightening one's load in order to run away from lightning.

This phrase that's irking me seems to be cropping up a lot. I first started seeing it, redundantly, in a poorly-edited biography about Harvey Butchart.

It's this one: "Reign in." People have gotten into the habit of writing: "I'm going to reign in my activities."

Just remember, a queen reigns in her realm, a king reigns in his kingdom. An equestrienne reins in her horse, or a teamster reins in his mules, to control or slow them down. Now which term do you suppose you should be using? That's right, it's correct to write: "I'm going to rein in my activities."

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Post by CannondaleKid » Jul 29 2016 6:52 am

flagscott wrote:my blood boils when I see sentences that start with "however" or "therefore." I will probably be the last person who still thinks it's wrong to do that.
On the other hand... :whistle:
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Post by PatrickL » Jul 29 2016 8:55 am

Poor writing in general is my forte.

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Re: Poor writing, bad grammar and pet peeves in general

Post by pyro4lif » Jul 29 2016 11:12 am

All of you people should never read any of my posts!
I can't spell to save my life! Literally I still spell my name wrong and because I am dyslexic I cant even tell haha
Words and letters tend to jump around at will :D I still can never tell where and were apart or know when to use them... oh the list could go on and on haha
But I am sure @chumley you know this by now!

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Post by Sredfield » Jul 29 2016 2:54 pm

. . . continuing on . . .
Where else would you continue?
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Post by chumley » Jul 29 2016 3:54 pm

Literally
I know some people who might misuse this term from time to time... :o
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Post by nikorock28 » Jul 29 2016 4:32 pm

@Sredfield
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Post by rcorfman » Jul 30 2016 9:19 am

@azbackpackr
Since I reign in my activities, I see no need to rein them in.
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Post by Sredfield » Aug 06 2016 4:18 pm

Any "X times fewer" statements, such as:

. . . vegans are responsible for 2.5 times fewer food-related greenhouse-gas emissions . . . ; Heather Moore, research specialist for the PETA Foundation, quoted on Sauk Valley.com And is she talking about number of emission incidents, or volume of what was emitted? We'll never know.

. . . technology of this device has 120 times fewer false alarms . . . ; ALEJANDRA BUITRAGO in Anchorage Press.

. . . pediatricians and parents are testing five times fewer young people . . .; TIM LAHEY, M.D. in New York Times (!)

The "math" of the reverse statement--"x times as many"--can be calculated. ("3 times as many as X" if x is 100, then we are talking about 300. How does this work for a negative? 5 times fewer? What is the X in this statement? If we now have 120 times fewer false alarms, and we had 10 false alarms before, we now have (120 x 10) 1200 fewer false alarms, or 10-1200. Not possible to have -1190 false alarms.
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