The W
Views: 95711164
Main | FAQ | Search: Y! / G | Color chart | Log in for more!
21.4.07 0533
The 7 - One Question... - What's the Worst Abuse of the English Language?
This thread has 5 referrals leading to it
Register and log in to post!
Pages: 1 2 3 4 Next(134 newer) Next thread | Previous thread
User
Post (73 total)
J. Kyle
Boudin blanc
Level: 92

Posts: 1382/2374
EXP: 7708853
For next: 48114

Since: 21.2.02
From: The Land of Aloha

Since last post: 9 days
Last activity: 2 hours
AIM:  
Y!:
#1 Posted on 7.11.05 1930.01
Reposted on: 7.11.12 1930.36
I'm going to go with the wanton mistreatment of the difference between they're, there, and their.
Promote this thread!
ekedolphin
Scrapple
Level: 131

Posts: 2797/5359
EXP: 26264370
For next: 160320

Since: 12.1.02
From: Indianapolis, IN; now residing in Suffolk, VA

Since last post: 6 days
Last activity: 1 day
#2 Posted on 7.11.05 1934.40
Reposted on: 7.11.12 1935.52
On a similar note, I'd go with any time someone puts an apostrophe-s at the end of a word incorrectly. Just because the word is plural does not mean you have to insert an apostrophe!
AWArulz
Knackwurst
Level: 106

Posts: 1360/3279
EXP: 12547370
For next: 124614

Since: 28.1.02
From: Louisville, KY

Since last post: 14 hours
Last activity: 7 hours
AIM:  
Y!:
#3 Posted on 7.11.05 2151.18
Reposted on: 7.11.12 2151.47
Going to have to go with various misuses of your and you're, with people saying ideal when they mean idea coming in a close second. (that is a common occurance down here in Kentucky that I have noticed since my move here ten years ago).
ShotGunShep
Frankfurter
Level: 58

Posts: 714/836
EXP: 1543482
For next: 34073

Since: 20.2.03

Since last post: 2352 days
Last activity: 2239 days
#4 Posted on 7.11.05 2247.49
Reposted on: 7.11.12 2250.37
You are all wrong!

It is by far the use of "they" as a 3rd person singular pronoun.

Nearly everyone makes this mistake and it is a very hard habit to break.
Guru Zim
SQL Dejection
Administrator
Level: 138

Posts: 3535/5970
EXP: 30996606
For next: 666454

Since: 9.12.01
From: Bay City, OR

Since last post: 3 days
Last activity: 1 day
AIM:  
#5 Posted on 7.11.05 2316.41
Reposted on: 7.11.12 2316.42
    Originally posted by ShotGunShep
    You are all wrong!

    It is by far the use of "they" as a 3rd person singular pronoun.

    Nearly everyone makes this mistake and it is a very hard habit to break.


I can't tell what you mean - give an example, please.

Oh, and Looser or Loose instead of Loser or lose is probably the worst, but retarted pisses me off everytime I see that as well. It's retarded (and you shouldn't be using it most of the time that you do!)
Torchslasher
Knackwurst
Level: 106

Posts: 1837/3259
EXP: 12448158
For next: 223826

Since: 17.1.02
From: New F'n Jersey

Since last post: 194 days
Last activity: 161 days
#6 Posted on 7.11.05 2328.39
Reposted on: 7.11.12 2329.02
The misuse of your and you're takes me out of anything I read when I see it happen. Same with their, there and they're.
The Guinness.
Bockwurst
Level: 49

Posts: 64/600
EXP: 842128
For next: 41761

Since: 24.4.05
From: San Diego, CA

Since last post: 12 days
Last activity: 4 hours
AIM:  
#7 Posted on 7.11.05 2331.53
Reposted on: 7.11.12 2335.03
Ebonics

Nuff said yo!
Toast Jr
Chourico
Level: 37

Posts: 212/297
EXP: 327686
For next: 10570

Since: 30.1.03
From: Stafford Springs, CT

Since last post: 1 day
Last activity: 21 hours
#8 Posted on 7.11.05 2354.43
Reposted on: 7.11.12 2356.25
Nothing pisses me off like people inserting the letter R where it doesn't belong, such as Warshington or idear. It's like fingernails on a blackboard to me.
drjayphd
Scrapple
Moderator
Level: 115

Posts: 2661/3934
EXP: 16333030
For next: 478385

Since: 22.4.02
From: Connecticut

Since last post: 24 days
Last activity: 3 days
AIM:  
ICQ:  
Y!:
#9 Posted on 8.11.05 0052.34
Reposted on: 8.11.12 0056.26
You've seen it enough on this board and anywhere else that discusses wrestling. Pronounced foo-ed, I assume?

Everyone else knocked off the good ones (your/you're, there/their/they're). But add in repeated hatchet jobs on various names (mostly by my father, as if he is to be believed, Steinfeld was one of the definitive 90's sitcoms and Cingulair is a cell phone company).
BigSteve
Pepperoni
Level: 64

Posts: 855/1091
EXP: 2149627
For next: 64482

Since: 23.7.04
From: Baltimore, MD

Since last post: 2656 days
Last activity: 2384 days
#10 Posted on 8.11.05 0146.30
Reposted on: 8.11.12 0149.26
Two things:

1) Missing commas - I hate when people don't punctuate correctly.

2) IM speak - I hate when people can't be bothered to spell out "you" or have to say "lol". I find that whole type of conversation very irksome.
Pizza Delivery Jones
Chourico
Level: 36

Posts: 147/282
EXP: 283529
For next: 24584

Since: 27.6.04

Since last post: 680 days
Last activity: 608 days
#11 Posted on 8.11.05 0157.01
Reposted on: 8.11.12 0159.02
People saying "noone" always annoys the hell out of me. Unless you're talking about Herman's Hermits, it should be no one...
Kevintripod
Andouille
Level: 88

Posts: 577/2198
EXP: 6515790
For next: 134900

Since: 11.5.03
From: Mount Pleasant, Pa.

Since last post: 2 hours
Last activity: 2 hours
AIM:  
#12 Posted on 8.11.05 0159.50
Reposted on: 8.11.12 0200.40
People who send me IM's and emails with no "periods" at all in their sentences.
KJames199
Scrapple
Moderator
Level: 113

Posts: 124/3775
EXP: 15584505
For next: 234104

Since: 10.12.01
From: #yqr

Since last post: 3 days
Last activity: 4 hours
#13 Posted on 8.11.05 0251.37
Reposted on: 8.11.12 0252.02
L3375p34K 4n|} H4X0R 8ULL5H17.
AWArulz
Knackwurst
Level: 106

Posts: 1363/3279
EXP: 12547370
For next: 124614

Since: 28.1.02
From: Louisville, KY

Since last post: 14 hours
Last activity: 7 hours
AIM:  
Y!:
#14 Posted on 8.11.05 0539.42
Reposted on: 8.11.12 0540.13
    Originally posted by KJames199
    L3375p34K 4n|} H4X0R 8ULL5H17.


I believe I speak for the elderly folks on this board when I say we need a translation.

I thought of another one: the free use of acronyms that not everyone knows the meaning of in your writing.That is frequently done in technical writing and it is frustrating.

Oh, and its and it's - another common and frustrating common misuse. Its is possessive, people!
Oliver
Scrapple
Level: 125

Posts: 1841/4846
EXP: 22179666
For next: 274561

Since: 20.6.02
From: Derkaderkastan

Since last post: 12 hours
Last activity: 5 hours
AIM:  
ICQ:  
Y!:
#15 Posted on 8.11.05 0737.45
Reposted on: 8.11.12 0744.24
People who don't use capital letters to begin sentences really bother me. As do chatters who use the number zero in lieu of the letter "O" and other lackadaisical short forms.

You'll find people who chat on SMS chat lines (AirG, Kalador, and others) are prone to that.
PsychoticMidget
Polska kielbasa
Level: 25

Posts: 116/128
EXP: 84777
For next: 4844

Since: 2.12.04
From: Detroit, MI

Since last post: 2936 days
Last activity: 2936 days
#16 Posted on 8.11.05 0746.57
Reposted on: 8.11.12 0758.30
The worst abuse? Ebonics. To quote the man, Bill Cosby...

"It doesnt want to speak English. I cant even talk the way these people talk. Why you aint where you is go, ra. I dont know who these people are. And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk. Then I heard the father talk. This is all in the house. You used to talk a certain way on the corner and you got into the house and switched to English. Everybody knows its important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You cant land a plane with, Why you aint You cant be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth."

Axe, I be, 'where you at', a'ight, all of it makes my ears bleed.
Von Maestro
Boudin rouge
Level: 46

Posts: 372/512
EXP: 710134
For next: 1645

Since: 6.1.04
From: New York

Since last post: 39 days
Last activity: 2 days
#17 Posted on 8.11.05 0827.33
Reposted on: 8.11.12 0829.02
People saying "Axe" instead of "Ask" drives me up the wall.

"Supposibly" instead of "supposedly" sends me to the edge.

And when people spell "ridiculous", "rEdiculous" it just pisses me off for some reason...
FLRockAndLaw
Boerewors
Level: 42

Posts: 249/378
EXP: 492548
For next: 28818

Since: 2.1.02
From: Central Florida, somewhere between Orlando and Tampa, U.S.A.

Since last post: 16 days
Last activity: 6 hours
AIM:  
#18 Posted on 8.11.05 0945.41
Reposted on: 8.11.12 0959.06
To add to the previously-listed examples...

It's not, "should of." It's not, "could of." It's not, "would of."

It's, "should have." It's, "could have." It's, "would have."

Learn it. Live it. Love it.
CRZ
Big Brother
Administrator
Level: 210

Posts: 7023/15938
EXP: 135207843
For next: 1247113

Since: 9.12.01
From: ミネアポリス

Since last post: 1 day
Last activity: 12 hours
AIM:  
ICQ:  
Y!:
#19 Posted on 8.11.05 0948.43
Reposted on: 8.11.12 0959.08
    Originally posted by RageRockrr
    To add to the previously-listed examples...

    It's not, "should of." It's not, "could of." It's not, "would of."

    It's, "should have." It's, "could have." It's, "would have."

    Learn it. Live it. Love it.
None of those commas should be there. ;-)
Matt Tracker
Scrapple
Level: 123

Posts: 1315/4749
EXP: 20699766
For next: 531560

Since: 8.5.03
From: North Carolina

Since last post: 5 days
Last activity: 9 hours
#20 Posted on 8.11.05 1012.34
Reposted on: 8.11.12 1019.17
The complete ignorance of the definition "literally."

And when did everyone starts using "I'm like" instead of "I said?"
Pages: 1 2 3 4 NextThread ahead: What's the most you've ever won gambling?
Next thread: Do you find my tattoo offensive?
Previous thread: What is the most shame inducing DVD you own?
(134 newer) Next thread | Previous thread
The 7 - One Question... - What's the Worst Abuse of the English Language?Register and log in to post!

The W™ message board - 7 year recycle

ZimBoard
©2001-2014 Brothers Zim
This old hunk of junk rendered your page in 0.197 seconds.