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.
Animals that talk.
In the movies, silly!
Animals simply don't have the kind of mouth that could allow them to enunciate.
But come to think of it, neither do parrots.
It's a miracle!
When people use the word "regime" when they mean "regimen" [as in an exercise regime(n)]. I think this started 10 years ago when George W. Bush started using the word "regime" in just about every other sentence.
These make me see red:
1. "Onlyest" instead of "only". Example: "Don't break my DVD player; it's the onlyest one I have."
2. "Being have" (pronounced with a long "a") instead of "behaving". Example: "Junior, were you being have for Aunt Kim while I was gone?"
3. "Is 'Kim' short for 'Kimberly'?" What else could it possibly be short for? What are the odds that 'Kim' will be short for anything else?
4. "I'm reading the horoscope....what sign are you?" I always lie and say scorpio. The person will read it and proclaim, "That is sooo true for you!" I then say, "That's greeeeat!!! Except I'm libra."
5. Last but not least: I think that parents that complain about their children's behavior to others in front of their children are insensitive and self-consumed. This makes me assume two things: this person is power-hungry and attention-seeking and is fulfilling those needs at the expense of a child; and, I'll bet this child's behavior is either perfectly normal for a child that age, or is a mirror-image of his/her role model. I can't help my thoughts, but I don't think I'm wrong either.
That's my list.
Having to explain that you dont need to prove a lack of belief in something.
i hate it when people write their instead of they're. this is a sign that they have no idea of exactly what they're saying.
here's another nice one: brazilians LOVE saying THANKS GOD as opposed to thank god (leaving aside the thanking god part, obviously.... LOL). that creeps me out.
"Thanks, God" does seem to exemplify a kind of buddyhood with God as opposed to "Thank God," which is probably short for "Thanks be to God."
My pet peeve is listening to people telling me their pet peeve is something I'm guilty of - like ending a sentence with a preposition.
When a frickin pop-up ad or video I want to watch online has NO VOLUME ADJUST BUTTON and it blasts away!!!!
When watch tv and the commercials come on at much high volume than the program you were watching.
As for Guess what? (with the question mark) I guess it's fair to ask if it's an actual question or not. Sometimes it is and sometimes it isn't. If it means, for example, "What do you think I see/know?" of course it gets a question mark.
Its use as an imperative, I would think, must be fairly rare.
I disagree. I think that if I am telling someone to "guess what", I would be wanting them to do just that. When someone says "guess what" to me, I feel inclined to take a guess at what they are about to tell me. Therefore, they are telling me to do something, not asking me a question.