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Its the little things...
Posted 4:01 PM on Tue-19-Jun-2012
I am by no means a linguistic scholar or whatever but what is so darn hard about using words correctly?

I'm not even meaning seldom used obscure words, and I am not talking about children either! alt

"I'm going to go on my car"... what is wrong with that? You go IN a car not ON one! In and On two different words, on- as in placed on top of something and in- to be inside of something! Not that hard is it!?

ASK... it is not aks, it is ask, just like it is written... ASK, A.S.K!!! How is it that you can spell it correctly but cannot say it correctly!?

And the one that really brings out my OCD is yous, as "Do yous want something to eat?"... it is not even a word for goodness sake, you and you refer to one person or a group of people! Yous is ewes as in a group of female sheep!!!

Now I will accept that it is a small thing in comparison to the dramas and woes of everyday life but it does honestly make my eye twitch and my jaw lock... and don't even get me started on people who write in caps and lower case mixed...observe:
"I aM MuMBuM, mOTHeR OF tHRee bOYs"... that drives me crazy and even though I have just written it, I am having a hard time relaxing and being okay with it! alt

So in light of my little rant; "Let me AKS YOUS, what do YOUS think?" alt alt
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raglanmum - 4:01 PM on Thu-21-Jun-2012  
The one that annoys me the most is your / you're. Some people just can't get it right!
jopukeko - 3:25 PM on Wed-20-Jun-2012  
My mum has always hated people saying yous. If we said it she would make a baa sound. Once we were in the supermarket for Brownies and one of the girls said yous. All the Brownies turned around to her and went BAA. Mum (our Brownie leader) was so embarrassed but she was also pleased that we were aware of the bad habit.
thecoffeelady - 2:58 PM on Wed-20-Jun-2012  
Yes I think wether is the sheep one.... the one I can NEVER remember is whether..... memory peg please someone.
MumBum - 1:43 PM on Wed-20-Jun-2012  
Oh and I don't know any tips for remembering the difference between weather and whether except that WEATHER is the sun/rain/snow etc and WHETHER is "I can't decide whether to..."... then to get very confusing, there is a breed of sheep called a weather/whether and I'm not sure how that one is spelt!lol
thecoffeelady - 10:05 AM on Wed-20-Jun-2012  
It really gets on my nerves too, however I must confess I still get weather & wether etc muddles, why on earth didn't I manage to learn that one? Has anyone got any tips on how to remember which one is correct?
MumBum - 9:17 AM on Wed-20-Jun-2012  
A teacher!? Seriously Jo? ..."specifically" is one of those words which gets pronounced incorrectly, but not usually by a teacher... oh and I can't stand it when people pronounce the "G" on the end of words like singing, swimming, etc, especially when there's no consistency as in they don't do it for every word ending in "G"! What's with that!?
GoMummyJo - 9:09 AM on Wed-20-Jun-2012  
Oh yeah. I know exactly what you mean! It all started for me, with a teacher that used to say 'pacifically' instead of specifically.
mumof6 - 8:17 AM on Wed-20-Jun-2012  
My husband writes in a mixture of caps and lower case... He has got better over the years though, as I am constantly pointing it out to him.
As for yous my kids use it so much that I have even caught myself saying it :P!!!

MumBum - 10:57 PM on Tue-19-Jun-2012  
Ooh Livinglife, that's another one that gets on my nerves along with people who comment on my pronunciation of words like EARTH, GIRL, WORLD... I pronounce the R because it is there! I've been asked if I am from the south island because I roll my Rs... I also have a problem with the way a lot of people pronounce Picture, it's not pikcha! It is Pic-ture, it is not wahta it is war-ter... but that's from my parents who were a bit anally retentive about how we pronounced words... guess I have just carried that on!lol
LIVINGLIFE - 9:28 PM on Tue-19-Jun-2012  
Hmmm, I have the exact same thing, I also find it hard to be quiet about the use of english when people say things like for a drink of milk it is "a milk" or a loaf of bread is "a bread" etc.
MumBum - 6:39 PM on Tue-19-Jun-2012  
And while we're all in agreement, what's with texting words like hr... it could be here, her, hour or any other word with an h and an r in it! Sheesh!
SarahK - 6:33 PM on Tue-19-Jun-2012  
OMG im with you on this one too!!! It drives me mental!
My teenaged daughters friends are serious culprits of saying 'aks' and 'yous'. aghh!!

And the typing in caps and lower case as well as typing in txt language for a facebook status. I actually had to ask a friend to translate her status once :P
MumBum - 6:24 PM on Tue-19-Jun-2012  
Oh oh oh and what about people who text you words like "owt" instead of "out", "dae" instead of "day" "abowd" instead of "about"!? Its the same number of letters, morons!!! So why the devil don't you just spell it properly!!!! It drives me mental!... and you're as in you are not a judgmental cow...even if you spelt judgmental incorrectly according to my stupid americanised spell check!lol lol lol
ekubo - 4:55 PM on Tue-19-Jun-2012  
but I'm not a totally judgemental cow, honest!
ekubo - 4:54 PM on Tue-19-Jun-2012  
I'm with you on this one. It's one of my pet hates on forums like this, to the point where I have trouble seeing past the glaring errors in spelling and grammar to seeing the message that's been written. If you won't take the care to write intelligibly why should I take the care to read what you've written? And this forum does at least have an edit function for when your brain is racing faster than your fingers.

Its/it's, where/we're, they're/there/their, your/you're. What's so hard about getting it right so your posts don't read like an idiot.

And I hate people who write in txt when they're not texting.

And I hate people who write everything in caps.



   
 
 
 
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