Pet peeves about language/grammar....

@dragon54u (31646)
United States
July 29, 2008 1:20pm CST
Is there a phrase or word that you're tired of hearing in every sentence people speak? With my, it's "basically". It's such a "duh!" word now. It should be used to introduce a complex idea, boil it down to a few sentences. Instead, you hear it in nearly every sentence sometimes, according to who you're speaking with. Even the newscasters use it! "It's basically hot today", "The city basically is broke", etc. Is there a phrase you think is overused or misused that irritates you?
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• United States
30 Jul 08
my biggest peeves are mispronunciations , misspellings and grammatical errors... but my ex-husband used to combine cliches - OMG and really screw them up! he also would ask a yes/no question, and then say "or no" - i wanted to ask him if he'd like to answer the question for me, or at least tell me which question i should answer...
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@dragon54u (31646)
• United States
30 Jul 08
My ex did that, too. I'm very articulate and he wasn't, even though he has a genius IQ--he wasn't much for formal learning but has a very successful business. He'd find words and try to use them and the poor thing would mispronounce them or use them in the wrong context. I'd correct him subtly by using them in the proper context and pronunciation a few days later and that's how he learned. Early on, I found that he didn't take to correction well, his ego couldn't stand it. But at least he tried.
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@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
30 Jul 08
Yup, quite a number of people do that; but no one I know as irritating as this guy from our regional offices. When he talked to us, he'd always stared us and punctuated every sentence he said with 'you know'. So one day, I really got so annoyed that he was 'crowding' us so I just told him after his 'you know' - "I don't know". He was so stunned, he forgot what he was going to say!!
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@dragon54u (31646)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Ha! I bet he was lost because he doesn't realize he says it so much. You probably did him a service.
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• United States
30 Jul 08
I don't have a word that I think is overused so much but I am a huge grammar Nazi. On grammar pet peeve I have is "text slang". I don't understand how it is so hard to type out an entire word. I have to admit that I used to type like that but now it just annoys me. And my overall pet peeve is people that don't know the difference between "your" and "you're". Goodness, that drives me crazy!
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@dragon54u (31646)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Me, too. It also makes me feel as if they don't think I'm important enough to expend the effort to add a few letters.
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• United States
30 Jul 08
The phrase that irritates me the most is "I Know". I know a few people that use that all the time and say it even when they don't know what the conversation is about. That really bothers me. If you don't know something, it is ok to admit that you don't .
@dragon54u (31646)
• United States
30 Jul 08
I think that phrase has replaced the thoughtful "mmm" or the absent-minded "uh-huh" to acknowledge you're hearing someone without making a comment.
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@nupats (3564)
• India
30 Jul 08
hi dear very thought provoking...i use lots of "and" so i end up with long sentences..my hubby always tells me to use shorter sentences and less complex..i have not found anything very annoying or irritating what others say except that one lady keeps telling "We have done so much for others" again and again and that actually puts me off why go about like a loud mouth if you have helped someone..have a nice day
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@dragon54u (31646)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Seems she has a very high opinion of herself that she wants to remind others of! There are some like that, I feel sorry for them because their giving has ulterior motives-to boost their reputation. Still, at least they give!
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• United States
29 Jul 08
Well, I could like go all day like without hearing like another time. Like it's so lame! When my students are talking, they can't seem to talk without adding dawg or bro to the likes. English teachers aren't the only ones who hate these examples of stupidity!
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@dragon54u (31646)
• United States
29 Jul 08
That must drive you nuts--and a short drive, at that! Enjoy your summer off, you deserve it. I'll bet you're beginning to put together lessons plans and lists already. Thank you for teaching. It's a job that I couldn't do, I haven't the patience. Some of those kids would have sore bottoms and soapy mouths and I'd be in jail! Teachers are under-appreciated, over-worked and underpaid!
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@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
29 Jul 08
There is a fellow that my husband does networking with, and he is constantly saying, "you know what I'm saying" Of course you know what he is saying, he just said itexample, I am going to sponsor the next affair, "you know what I'm saying" That sounds so dumb. Every other sentence he says, there will always be a "you know what I'm saying"
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@dragon54u (31646)
• United States
29 Jul 08
I have heard that! Also, "know what I mean?" every other sentence or so. Of course I do, or I would ask for clarification! Language is so silly. I rarely hear anyone speak anymore that uses proper grammar.
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@ishralene09 (2260)
• Philippines
29 Jul 08
For me it's the f word. It's really overused. I hate hearing it. Even children use it. It's overused but not misused. And it really irritates me when some children down the lane says "oh you stepped on my foot, f you". Really off-topic, I mean who does not use that word. But anyways, good info on the basically stuff. Even I admit that I misused the words many times. Salutes to you dragon.
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@dragon54u (31646)
• United States
29 Jul 08
Thanks! The F word is a prime example over overuse. It's lost its shock value and any other merit it may have had now that people use it so frequently. I can hear kids walking by my house that use it at least twice in every sentence, if not more. It's now in the same class as "darn", "drat", and "gosh". I wonder what they'll come up with now? I don't think you can get much worse than the F word but I bet someone will surpass it!
@deem1977 (242)
• United States
29 Jul 08
I am annoyed by people not only overusing a phrase, but misusing it. For example, I hear people say "I could care less" -- meaning they don't care about something or it makes no difference to them. However, that is a misuse of the phrase "I couldn't care less." If you could care less, then that means that you do care -- which is the exact opposite of what the speaker actually intends. This really bother me and I am hearing it with increasing frequency so I am afraid that it will become the norm.
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@dragon54u (31646)
• United States
29 Jul 08
Oh, that was popular when I was in high school! About 23 years ago! It's making a comeback, as all things do. You're right though. I stopped using it as a teen when my mother pointed this out to me. Of course, I wanted to project an uncaring attitude so I stopped using it!
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@underdogtoo (9591)
• Philippines
30 Jul 08
There are so many things going on in my life and in my mind that I don't get the luxury of a pet peeve or of getting irritated by grammar and language. There was a time when I would dissect everything but those days are gone, thank God.
@dragon54u (31646)
• United States
30 Jul 08
I freely admit that I have too much time on my hands! Thank God I'll be starting a long-term (hopefully) temp job on Monday. It's tough being unemployed, I tend to focus on little things. But I do wish people would give more thought to their speech, it would be a much more interesting society. Have a wonderful day!
@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Perhaps as I get older more things irritate me, because everything everyone else has shared would be in my list. I get a bit fartoost at why people have to use the f word or other cuss words so much. To me, it shows laziness. Surely there are words that would better show the meaning of one's anger. In fact, when I was a kid, we used to make a game of making up "nice" cuss words. Grandma used to say, "sugar on two sticks!" I'm not sure if sugar on two sticks meant that she was more angry than if she said sugar on one stick. Using text talk bugs me. I'll ignore any bit of writing that uses it. Here in Cincinnati, what bothers me most is that people say, "Please?" when the mean, "Pardon me?" or "What did you say?" or "Huh?"
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@dragon54u (31646)
• United States
30 Jul 08
My mom used to tell me that people who cussed lacked the mental capability of using more expressive words. In other words, they were ignorant. You know what really irritated me when I lived in Arizona? The word "perfect" was in vogue. "Ok, you're all signed up, ma'am." "Perfect!" That was the response to nearly everything, like "your room is ready" "perfect!" Oh, that was SO irritating! It seemed to replace "thank you" and wasn't nearly as gracious.
@snowy22315 (72857)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Basically, I think your idea is correct. It is an over used word. I guess people use it to help themselves feel smarter. I think they want to make things simple for their audience also. I think people who write copy just get into a pattern of overusing the same words time and again and it continues in many ways. Basically that is, lol.
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@dragon54u (31646)
• United States
30 Jul 08
@vimaal (3365)
• India
30 Jul 08
hi friend well, i would like to go all day.