Tuesday, February 10, 2009

You're All On Notice

Linguistic pet peeves that make me cringe*:
  • "could of" when you mean "could have" or "could've"
  • "alot" or "allot" when you mean "a lot" (as in "a whole bunch" or "much")
  • "I could care less" when really you mean that you couldn't care less, and should say that instead, unless your intent is to be sarcastic, but it's clearly not
  • Use of the wrong archaic pronoun
  • Use of archaic pronouns without appropriate accompanying verb conjugation
*This is not anywhere near an exhaustive list.