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    Grammar-Nazis

    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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    *snickers*

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    Quote 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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    Around here it's "whereabouts". Whereabouts is that notebook?

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    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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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    Quote Originally Posted by chima_p View Post
    This is what I am talking about.

    Who the hell knows all that?

    Who even cares?

    The same people I guess...
    Yup - I know it and care, and Avocado's post gives me the warm fuzzies. However, it takes me forever to add up a column of figures, and then I get it wrong anyway. Seriously... I can't add 8 and 5 without mentally going through - OK, it's more than 10, and 10-8=2, so I need 2 from the 5 to get to 10, and then 5-2=3, 10+3=13. Guess how much I enjoyed maths lessons.

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    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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