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    As pointed out in another thread, using "loose" instead of "lose" is a common offender.

    To really kick it off, you must watch this marvelous little gem:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4vf8N6GpdM

    In case you haven't seen the movie, this video is a spot-on riff from a scene in Inglorius Basterds. I think they even got the same actors and location, but I'm not sure. (Seems like the sort of thing to which Tarantino would lend his support.)

    Before anyone complains...no, I'm not trying to minimize the horrors inflicted on humanity by real Nazis. If you don't like the phrase, go take it up with Seinfeld and his Soup-Nazi.

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    Loose/lose drives me insane.

    Just as bad is "would of," "could of," "should of," etc.

    And while I'm on the subject, "and etc." may someday make me snap. On a related note, "With au jus" was going to cause me to be violent at one point, and then someone told me to think of it as a regionalism.

    The "think of it as a regionalism" idea may save me from having a stroke. I live in Ohio, and the gratuitous preposition at the end of a phrase is ubiquitous--i.e., "Where's the party at?" I've succumbed to it myself, I'm afraid.

    In fact, I'm getting worse all the time. I'd better stop complaining, because if I searched my own posts I'd be appalled.

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    • #3
      Around here it's "whereabouts". Whereabouts is that notebook?

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      • #4
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        • #5
          haha i liked that youtube vid...esp as i only saw inglorious basterds 2 days ago!

          It annoys me when people get "effect" and "affect" mixed up....effect is the noun, affect is the verb!!!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by gottaluvalab View Post

            ... the gratuitous preposition at the end of a phrase is ubiquitous--i.e., "Where's the party at?" I've succumbed to it myself, I'm afraid.

            In fact, I'm getting worse all the time. I'd better stop complaining, because if I searched my own posts I'd be appalled.
            When I wrote my initial post, I almost wrote "the sort of thing Tarantino would be supportive of" but I caught myself!

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            • #7
              Their/They're/There and You're/Your

              It's not that hard, people! Reminds me of this cell phone picture I took AT A COLLEGE.
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              • #8
                aarrrrgggggghhhhhh! don't get me started! sigh...

                My hugest peeve is the overuse of the word "like". Sometimes I ask people to substitute "similar to" so they can realize how bad they sound.
                And speaking of that reminds me of "to", "too", and "two". Why is that so hard?? ok, I'm done...

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                • #9
                  I live in the middle of redneck country- West TX- and some of the phrases I hear just make my blood run cold. "I'd done got that sidewalk permit doohickey and now they's awantin' a drainage thingy because my prop'ty is so big." Some of them, I have to look at them and around to make sure I'm not subject of some bad practical joke.
                  The worst offenders, to me, are there/ their/ they're, no caps/ all caps, run- on sentences, and using apostrophes/ quotes for emphasis. NO! If you want to emphasize it, then underline it, bold it, capitalize it, italicize it; but for the love of all you hold holy, do not wrap quotes around it. It drives me bat- shit. It's one reason I can't stand most forums on the web. You get a bunch of grown folks typing like they failed third grade English. WTH?
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                  • #10
                    My absolute favorite guides to grammar and spelling:

                    http://theoatmeal.com/comics/misspelling (lose vs loose is the very first one!)

                    http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.co...verything.html (<3 Allie Brosh)
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                    • #11
                      I'm not a complete grammar Nazi as I make mistakes myself sometimes, but there really is no excuse for the 'could of, would of' thing. When did you ever read a book or a newspaper with 'could of' in the text? Apart from in books like 'Ham on rye' and 'The great Gatsby' when the lower classes are speaking.

                      It's also incredibly irritating when Americans fail to realise (realize) that there are differences between British and American English.

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                      • #12
                        Wonderful to meet fellow-obsessives! Everything you said, and also -

                        Hordes/ hoards
                        Rein/reign
                        Tenant/tenet

                        Better not get me started on apostrophes.

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                        • #13
                          Holy crap relax.

                          Spelling and grammer are skills not inate abilities.

                          I suck at grammer and you probably suck at accounting but I am not making fun of you.

                          Not that I am taking it personaly but seriously, grammer makes no sense to me.

                          If I can't line it up in a column and sum it at the end it might as well be a different language.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by reamz View Post
                            haha i liked that youtube vid...esp as i only saw inglorious basterds 2 days ago!

                            It annoys me when people get "effect" and "affect" mixed up....effect is the noun, affect is the verb!!!
                            Except when it's not. Affect is a noun in psychiatry. And you can effect change.

                            One could effect an affect. And affect an effect.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by avocado View Post
                              Except when it's not. Affect is a noun in psychiatry. And you can effect change.

                              One could effect an affect. And affect an effect.
                              This is what I am talking about.

                              Who the hell knows all that?

                              Who even cares?

                              The same people I guess...
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