Some people think I complain too much. Those people bug me, and let me tell you why (just kidding; I’ll save that one for another post).
Rather than taking the low road and calling my persistent grumbling a personality defect, I like to think of it as a foible, an idiosyncrasy, or even a positive attribute that demonstrates my unique approach to life.
In that positive spirit, here is today’s list of common grammar gaffes that bug me:
- “Every” and “day” don’t automatically go together because they’re next to each other. The everyday misuse of those words bugs me every day.
- Don’t capitalize stuff just for yuks. Like most things in life, there are actually rules to capitalization, and Your Emphasis has not been increased just because you incorrectly capitalized the first letters. ALL CAPS ARE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT STORY, HOWEVER!
- Advertisers of America, take note: “Less” and “fewer” mean different things. The fewer times I see them misused, the less I’ll complain.
- So do “further” and “farther.” If I see any further misuse, I’ll have to go farther away from the offender.
- “Anyways” is not a word. If it was a word, it would mean exactly the same thing as “anyhoo.”
- “Myself” and “me” are not interchangeable. I myself wouldn’t have noticed if it hadn’t happened to me just the other day.
- When it’s more than one, get rid of the apostrophe. It’s not just true for my friend; even my friend’s friends make that mistake (OK – that’s a reach, but I was stuck on it and I just wanted to move on).
You know, that felt great, like a grammical colonic. I’m feeling more verbally regular already.