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2006-07-14 8:06 AM
peevish friday five
This is one of mine...
Yesterday's post about the Strunk and White (and I'm told the image didn't show up, although *I* could see it--anyone else?) got me thinking about grammatical pet peeves, which got me thinking about other pet peeves. And so...
1. Grammatical pet peeve
I abhor misuse of the apostrope.
Hot dog's for sale (hot dog's WHAT for sale?)
Everything in it's place (hint: if you can substitute "it is" for the word, use an apostrophe. Otherwise, don't)
Your out of your mind (see above, substitute "you are". The latter use is fine, the former is like nails on the chalkboard)
Corollary: People, especially Texans, who misspell y'all. It's so simple, folks. Put the apostrophe where you remove the letters. Ya'll is an abomination unto the Lord.
2. Household pet peeve
Water droplets all over the area around the sink, particularly after shaving (bathroom) or dishes (kitchen).
3. Arts & Entertainment pet peeve (movie theaters, restaurants, concerts)
People who dart out of a concert or play right as the applause starts, for what? to get a four-minute jump on traffic? It bothers me because, in my deep-down heart, I am one of those harried people, but when I got to a performance I am willing to suspend all that for a while and just enjoy being transported mentally to another time and place. Their type-A shenanigans intrude on that.
4. Liturgical pet peeve
Where should I start...
Applause itself is not a pet peeve if it's (notice proper use of "it's") spontaneous and hearty, but I can't stand smatterings of applause. One person starts and others don't want to leave that person hanging, so you get 10 or 12 people clapping in a perfunctory way. Gah! I'd rather listen to one person clapping heartily than that.
Praying to Father-God (Father is fine, God is fine, but both seems redundant)
"Let us call ourselves to worship" (no, we are called by God to worship)
"Prayer OF illumination" (it's "for", and yes there is a difference)
Now I'm just getting into theological hair-splitting so I'll stop.
5. Wild card--pet peeve that doesn't fit any of the above categories
Drivers who speed up after you've passed them.
Bonus: Because all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God: What do YOU do that others might consider a pet peeve?
I'm bad about changing the toilet-paper roll and this tap-dances mightily on R's nerves. BUT in my defense, most of the time it happens during a late-night trip to the bathroom, and who wants to traipse through the house down to the basement for a refill at 4 a.m.?
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