I have many pet peeves but these are my biggest two that get under my skin really badly:
1) When people punctuate "Guess what" with a question mark. That is not correct and it drives me nuts. It is an imperative, therefore you would punctuate it with a period or an exclamation point.
2) When people use phrases like "Kelly and I" incorrectly. They label photos with "David and I" when it is actually supposed to be "David and Me". I see it used incorrectly on Facebook almost every time I log in. Is it because the people that I know (I mostly have only R.L. friends on FB) received poor education here in SC or is it just ignorance?
No matter what your pet peeve is, please share. It doesn't have to be about words or grammar... it can be anything! And please tell us why it gets to you.
Three pet peeves:
Receiving "K", instead of OK in a text message, adults who make hearts with their fingers, and the fact that our local football club thinks it's reasonable to charge $800 for registration and "fees" just so my 12yr old can kick a ball around.
Don't you have a third finger on your left hand ?
Becky you are leading a very good life! LOL
My pet peeve are the mega rich paying an effected tax rate of 12 to 15% here in the US.
@Becky I would construe "Guess what" less literally than you. I would look at the actual meaning as something like "What do you think about it?" rather than the imperative "Take a guess."
The rule for determining I or me in cases like you mentioned is to remove the other person. So, a photo labled Kelly and Me would be wrong. Kelly and I would be correct. Also, "me" and "he" and "she" function with adjectives like "to," "with," "near," and "from."
Yeah, I go often by the inflection you would use with phrases like "Guess what?" even though my inner grammar hound wants to follow rules, rules, rules. It's rather like you would see if you were writing a novel. I suppose different styles would be appropriate in difference circumstances.
Yes! I have tried to explain to people that you have to remove the other person, but they don't quite grasp what I am saying. I may not know how to explain it well, I just know how to do it lol.
Biggest pet peeve I kid you not is when I am at the newstand and am buying six newspapers from here in the states and western Europe and someone asks me 'what are you going to do with all those newspapers?' My comeback is 'read them'. What else would I do with them? Or the time I was at the library checking out eight books and someone asked me why I read so much.
But its the fact I am very very very well read on theological issues and know Latin, Greek, Hebrew (thanks to a convent boarding school and literate parents) and will have to correct someone who says the Bible says this or that, but the person doesnt know that in the Greek or Hebrew words can have very different meanings.
Or someone who doesnt know what a theist is. And thinks an atheist is the same as communist. Just because I have read that Hitler was a vegetarian doesnt mean all vegetarians are Nazi's.
Grown men who say titties. Come on, say tits...you know you want to. Also Boobies, mellons, garbonzoes, jugs, hooters or birlas. Show me your birlas just doesn't have the same ring to it.
My pet peeve is when my boyfriend refers to my breasts as "tits". Hearing "tits" come out of his mouth makes him very unattractive.
I don't think I really like to hear "tits" or "titties" come from a guys mouth. I don't mind, however, to hear words like "cunt", "snatch", or "pussy" that so many women get offended by. I actually use "cunt" frequently.
--When I've set someone in checkmate, absolutely obliterated their argument, shown that any other position but my own is laughably erroneous and to preserve their pride they pretend like none of it just happened. You can't ignore reality, create facts, and lie about something I just proved less than 30 seconds ago. What is wrong with you!!!!?