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Old 02-07-2018, 02:54 AM
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People misspelling "whoa" is quickly becoming one of mine.

What's your newest one? (People complaining about stupid things? )


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Old 02-07-2018, 03:50 AM
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Quickly running to edit my response to Ima's school being closed all week

Thanks for the reminder!

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Old 02-07-2018, 04:03 AM
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Funny. Everyone I know who uses it in their writing spells it correctly. I don't think I've ever seen anyone spell it the incorrect way. I also don't see the word written that often, so I can't say it would bother me if I did see it misspelled.
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Old 02-07-2018, 05:05 AM
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Lose -opposite of find
Loose -opposite of tight

Lose is not spelled loose!!!!

Constantly misused by many teachers on PT. It's not a typo. I'm very much afraid they teach this mistake to their students.

Those are basic sight words!
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Old 02-07-2018, 05:07 AM
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#1 for me is loose/lose as well.
I've seen it in teachers' classrooms: loose 10 minutes of recess etc.
I don't think I would tell them but I feel like a principal should. When I actually see lose spelled correctly it's starting to look weird. Maybe soon lose won't be a word!


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Old 02-07-2018, 05:58 AM
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Mine is it's/its.

It seems like no one understands this rule anymore. I see it wrong everywhere - in signage at the grocery store, in internet forums, in newspaper articles for crying out loud!

My English teacher (in junior high?) taught me the simplest rule - if you can replace it's with it is, then keep the apostrophe. If you can't, then it's possessive - and no apostrophe for possessive its.

It's snowing out. Woo hoo, it's a snow day! <--- correct

Every dog has its day. <---- correct
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Old 02-07-2018, 06:03 AM
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Actually, the whole misuse of possessives really bothers me. I had to share this post I saw on Facebook the other night. It's just so wrong! And not even consistently wrong. Why does poor Sunday get left out?? Why does only Wednesday have two s's???



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Old 02-07-2018, 06:14 AM
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Someone needs to contact that place of business and point out their glaring errors. That is ridiculous!

As for loose and lose, that one bothers me probably the most. They are not even pronounced the same way. When I see it on PT, it really bothers me.
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Old 02-07-2018, 06:15 AM
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I could not go in that place! My head would explode! It is not even hard to figure out and follow apostrophe rules. What is wrong with people??? Also, the “loose for lose” thing is crazy, and, yes, I see it frequently here. Grrrr again!
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Old 02-07-2018, 06:21 AM
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Actually, if someone sends me the name of that business, I’ll definitely email them and let them know .

Also, I find some of my best teaching comes from printing out things that I’ve seen that have mistakes in them. We look at them and discuss the mistakes. Then correct them. Students love fixing other people’s mistakes. Especially other adults in them. We look at them and discuss the mistakes. Then correct them.


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Old 02-07-2018, 06:27 AM
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Eliza, go for it!

The restaurant is called 88 Keys in Punta Gorda, FL

101 E Retta Esplanade
Punta Gorda, Florida 33950

(941) 639-7700
www.88keysflorida.com
American Restaurant · Hotel · Steakhouse
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Old 02-07-2018, 06:36 AM
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I have to reply again. These really are my pet peeve! I take pictures of them and have a poster in my classroom to add them to. One teacher in my building had an auction basket for “Picnic’s”. Why? An espresso stand had “Hot Drink’s” and the grocery store was selling “Raisin’s”. I am going to figure out a clever way to mention this on my tombstone, but haven’t figured it out yet. Happy Wednesday! (Oh, and two, to, and too, and there, their, and they’re. And my principal can’t get I and me correct)😊😊😊
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Old 02-07-2018, 07:10 AM
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I also wince over punctuation and grammar errors, but generally smile and think that the writer wasn’t fortunate enough to have fabulous teachers.

HOWEVER, I am upset by misuse by teachers, teachers who apparently don’t even care and defend their errors as “You know what I meant.” We all make mistakes, but using the wrong word makes me crazy (than/then, loose/lose, his/her/their, etc.).
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Old 02-07-2018, 08:20 AM
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I can't think of a current peeve at the current time, but if we're talking about spelling, wierd vs. weird, but it doesn't irk me that much when I see others misspell it. Here's how it should be:

http://www.gingersoftware.com/englis...ird-wird-wierd

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Old 02-07-2018, 08:59 AM
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My ninth grade English teacher, taught us to say "Neither leisurely financier seized either weird species" as a list of exceptions to the "i before e" idea. I will continue to spell it as "weird"!
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Old 02-07-2018, 09:39 AM
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Their/there/they're
Than/then
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Old 02-07-2018, 09:49 AM
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A local grocery has handwritten signs full of errors all over the store. It makes me twitch.

The incorrect use of "myself" is one that drives me crazy.

I also cringe when people use "wah-lah" instead of "voila".
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Old 02-07-2018, 10:27 AM
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People who ignore social cues. (I am sure I miss some too.) I am talking about general social cues that people use to transition out of a conversation, call an end to the night, etc. It seems like people don't understand these anymore!

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Old 02-07-2018, 10:56 AM
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I see the following errors here and on Facebook quite a bit.

loose/lose
apostrophes in plural words (apple's)
the wrong use of their, they're, and there
to and too used incorrectly
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Old 02-07-2018, 11:00 AM
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I live in a small town and our local post office only has 2 parking spots. I went yesterday to mail a package and one person was taking up both sloths. Another person parked their car parallel to the front door thereby blocking the steps. Another person has created a spot by parking along the side of the road. It's on a curve so there isn't much clearance. It's a rural area so it's not like I can park in an adjacent lot. I just went back later.
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Old 02-07-2018, 11:25 AM
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I can't stand misplaced apostrophes either. I've been known to stealthily erase them from dry erase boards and chalkboards in public places. If my 4th graders can understand when to use apostrophes, I don't think it should be too hard for adults.

My current pet peeve is people on social media using "awe" when they really mean "aww" or "aw". They are totally different words, and it drives me crazy when people (esp. teachers) don't realize that.

I also agree with Ima on the misuse of "myself" ("See Mike or myself for information." Um, how about using "me"?) That along with me and her, him and me all the misused pronouns drive me crazy! How awful is it that people can't even correctly speak their native language??
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Old 02-07-2018, 03:47 PM
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I see anyways instead of anyway.

Interchanging worse and worst is one I have seen a lot of lately. People will say,”It could have been worst”. (should be worse). The opposite I see is, “That is the worse thing I ever saw happen”, when it should be worst.

I also see “I should have went to the store’, when it should be, “I should have gone to the store”.

I see people spelling used and supposed use and suppose. It used to be like that is correct. It use to be like that is not.
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Old 02-07-2018, 04:25 PM
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Incorrect usage of passed and past is one of my pet peeves.
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Old 02-07-2018, 04:27 PM
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My current pet peeve is people on social media using "awe" when they really mean "aww" or "aw". They are totally different words, and it drives me crazy when people (esp. teachers) don't realize that.
Hear, hear! (NOT Here, here! another pet peeve )

Also, it's voila, not wahlah

And dooooooood not dudeeeeeee
And awwwwwsome or awesoooooooome not "awesomeeeeeee"
and so on.
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Old 02-07-2018, 04:58 PM
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The principal at my kids' school sent out an email today about how "chalked full" the schedule has been recently. Really?

The apostrophe to show plural has probably been my biggest grammar annoyance lately!
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It bugs to me
Old 02-07-2018, 06:02 PM
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when I hear "actually" so frequently.

Actually the form must be filled out.

The thief actually took money and ran.

It's REAL LIFE so yes it's actual!
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About the Woah thing. Is it really wrong?
Old 02-07-2018, 06:17 PM
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I get that it's misspelled, but is it an intentional misspelling? I don't know what it's called but lots of women these days say things like "no-ah" when all they should say is "no." It's irritating as hell, but is this an extension of that?
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Old 02-07-2018, 06:31 PM
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Loose---As in, "My shirt is too loose."

I can remember it because my shirt has two arm holes just like the word loose has two o's. 😊
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Old 02-07-2018, 09:25 PM
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The possessive thing gets me too. “Womens Room” Really? Women is plural. So what’s the ‘s’ there for, if not to make it possessive?? Use an apostrophe!!

I also am bothered by the misuse/misunderstanding of “me” and “I”. Examples like, “Contact my secretary or I.” Makes me nutty.

I would like an official ruling on Mother’s Day. Secretary’s Day, Secretaries’ Day, etc. They should be possessive, but are they also plural? Thoughts?
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Old 02-07-2018, 11:10 PM
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Yep, I'm guilty of "whoa".
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Old 02-08-2018, 08:04 PM
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Ima - Thanks for the -wah-lah! I have never seen that myself but can totally picture people spelling it that way.

Roo - awe -awwww ~ This drives me absolutely bonkers right now! A teacher at my school misuses this word consistently on FB & I want to scream at her!!!!!! She's not awed by that baby picture, she thinks it's cute. USE AWWWWWW!!!

Also, when people just don't use the correct word, they have their own version of the word. One coworker says blur when she means blurt. Another coworker says (oh dang, I cannot think of it. Darn these senior moments!)
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OK, another one
Old 02-09-2018, 04:04 PM
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is eXpresso for eSpresso . Are you catching a train or having a coffee?
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Doing good vs. doing well
Old 02-09-2018, 05:08 PM
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Whenever I hear someone say, "I'm doing good" I fight the urge to say, "Who are you, Mother Theresa?"

I'm doing quite well, btw, .
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I mean
Old 02-09-2018, 08:12 PM
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Especially news reporters using “I mean” in their reports. I think it’s used like “um” used to be. Just say what you’re going to say. I assume you mean what you say, and you’re not using the phrase to clarify something you’ve already said.
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