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OK. This is going to be a soapbox posting. You've been forewarned, so you can take your interests elsewhere before I get going.

You're still here? OK then.

Now. I'm not perfect (in all senses), and I'm certainly not a picture of grammatical perfection - speaking nor writing. Look through this blog and I'm sure you will find dozens of spelling (ew) and grammatical errors (even though I try my hardest to correct them). Heck, you'll even find a few in this posting. That said, I'm going to bitch about some of the people in the state where I currently reside:

HELLLOOOOO, DOESN'T THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM IN THIS STATE TEACH BASIC GRAMMAR AND TENSES?!?!?

A COMMON mistake that people make here is that they confuse THEY versus THEM versus THOSE. And I don't mean occasionally, I mean like 6 out 10 times (maybe more).

Examples?
"Them kids are making me crazy."
"Them books ain't for sale."

How does this even sound REMOTELY correct in people's heads around here? It makes me INSANE!

The second biggie on my state-wide grammatical pet peeve list is the usage of "and such" or "this and that" at the end of the sentence. (Which wasn't a big deal until my husband pointed it out, thanks honey!)

HEY PEOPLE, you don't have to use meaningless space fillers. If you say "I went to the grocery store and such" but really mean "I went to the grocery store and on the way I ran over Mrs. Smith who walks her dog across the road way too slow anyway" THEN SAY THAT. Otherwise, just say "I went to the grocery store." PERIOD. There's nothing else to say!

Now, if you pardon me, I'll climb down now (and such)...

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URBAN PEDESTRIAN said... @ 1:42 PM

I know people who use the word "whenever" instead of "when". (i.e.: I had to go back to work whenever my husband had a heart attack [actual quote] or "I'm going to Florida whenever Christmas comes" [another actual quote]) I don't get that at all. It makes me want to slap their "ever" off.

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