Hey – I gotta hurry today. Must pick up the donuts (again), so I will type until I’m out of time.
I am amazed at how many high school students crave coffee. It’s not just for the old folks anymore. My parents never allowed me to drink coffee – not fair! (Well ok…I don’t think I ever asked if I could have some, either.)
Gotta get this off my fingers. Everyone has a pet peeve, right? My students know at least one of mine, but I won’t mention it danglingprepositionsmakemethinkviolenthoughts here.
We need to break some bad habits as A-murricans. We need to correct our parents, who brought us up using bad English, because that’s how they were brought up, and so on and so on. So, fellow bourgeoisie, take a (grammatical) stand on the following:
- It’s Reese’s – not “reece-y.” The guy who invented the peanut butter cup was named H.B. Reese. Rhymes with peace or niece or fleece.
- It’s I would have baked a cake. I could have had it all. No of in sight.
- The term is “versus.” <– It’s pronounced like it looks, and comes from the Latin vertare, which means “to turn against.”
- Your driver license is a single item, so please don’t refer to it as plural. If you have more than one driver license, you have a pair of licenses. “Licen plates” makes no sense at all, either.
- The word definitely contains the word finite. “Definately” is definitely incorrect.
- The correct phrase is “all of a sudden.”
- “I could care less” makes me want to hurt puppies. The phrase is supposed to convey a person’s lack of caring about a thing. For instance, I’ve heard people say, “Go ahead! I could care less!” Well then…that would mean that you care at least a little. If you *could* care less, you might – but you still care a bit. The correct phrase is “I couldn’t care less.” I wish I cared less about English abuse.
- The phrase “a lot” is two words.
- The phrase “all right” is two words.
- There’s always the apostrophe abuse issue. If I am selling fruit on the street corner, my sign should read, Bananas, Apples and Mangos for Sale. No apostrophe. None. Not a single one.
- Here are 5 more that make me crazy.
- It’s too hot to go outside.
And now, friends, it is 6 a.m. Time to get ready to go to the bakery. Have a lovely Saturday.
RF, on the grammatical prowl