I decided to bow out of Self Portrait Friday this week. The theme is “show us your war face” and since I’m not really into war and consider myself more of a pacifist, it didn’t make sense for me to play. However, there are some crazy faces goin’ on over there, so feel free to check them out if that’s your bag, baby. ;)
Instead I was thinking about some pet peeves of mine lately and figured I’d share them.
1.) When people misuse the words “your” and “you’re.” As an English major (I know, you’d never know it by how poorly I write sometimes), this drives me batty.
Main Entry: your
Pronunciation: y&r, ‘yur, ‘yOr, ‘yor
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English Eower; akin to Old English Eow you — more at YOU
1 : of or relating to you or yourself or yourselves especially as possessor or possessors , agent or agents , or object or objects of an action
2 : of or relating to one or oneself
3 — used with little or no meaning almost as an equivalent to the definite article the [a trait... that sets him apart from your average professor -- James Breckenridge]
Main Entry: you’re
Pronunciation: y&r, ‘yur, ‘yOr, ‘yor, “yÃ¼-&r
: you are
2.) When people try to type a commonly-used expression, but don’t know how to spell it and it comes out all wrong. I have a couple good examples of this from some message boards.
— a.) The expression is “Granted,” like “taken for granted.” Example: “Granted they haven’t arrived yet, but it’s just a matter of time.”
My pet peeve is when people instead type “Grant it.” Grant? Grant who? What’s that all about?
— b.) This second one just floored me. Ok, the expression is “bound and determined,” as in “My child is so bound and determined to talk.”
The misuse of this was the person typed “bounden terminded” and then “bound in termin.” Bound in what?! What exactly is termin anyway?
OK, so I didn’t have as many as I thought (or I’ve forgotten them). I guess that’s a good thing. ;)
Now it’s your turn. What are your pet peeves? Share them here or on your own blog. :)
Hey, I remembered my other pet peeve. It’s when people assume that “gentle discipline” means you let your kids run wild and don’t discipline at all. It’s a pet peeve of mine when people make assumptions about things without really knowing anything about it. Ok, that’s all for now. ;)