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Grammar Nazi

I am one. Which begs the question, why am I an English teacher?

Anyway, thought I’d share a few gems.

Favourite spelling mistake: gorn. As in, “He was gorn!”

Favourite grammar mistake: learn’t. As in “I have learn’t a lot this term.”

Least favourite mistake: w/sh/could of. I hate it, I hate it, I hate it. Lots.

"Do’s and Don’ts"

That may well be one of the most annoying phrases – at least in its written form.

1. It’s got an apostrophe in the wrong place! My bete noir if ever there was one!

2. It’s not even internally consistent. If you were going to have an apostrophe in the first, you’d have to have it in the second as well – so Do’s and Don’t’s – which clearly looks ridiculous, although I have actually seen it written like this in some places.

3. It should just be Dos and Don’ts. And if you’re not happy with Dos because you hate PCs, then DOs and DON’Ts is probably the way to go.

Ok. End rant,

Some of my least favourite words

Kids at school use the word ‘verse’ all the time, as in “Australia is going to verse the world in cricket.” I understand where this come from – it seems to make sense if you can say that the game is Australia versus the world – but of course it’s a reflection that they don’t know how to spell versus, nor do they know what means. It nearly drives me to distraction, particularly because it’s very hard to explain it properly while on the run, as I usually am when I hear it.

In a different context, using the word action as a verb makes me nutty too. I know it’s all very typical business language, but I Don’t Care. You don’t action something, you just do it.