We’ve all got pet-peeves; but some of us are more vocal about expressing them than others. Those of you who know the Jodie 1/2 of Lydia, know this is not an issue for me. One of mine, because I have too many list them all, is using your language correctly. I’m not talking about people learning a new language and the difficulties involved with all of that. I’m talking about using your own native tongue, and using it correctly.
My whole life, hearing words like “ain’t” or double negatives has always made me cringe. It just doesn’t sound right and it hurts my ears. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not a grammar-nazi. And I believe it’s all right to break the rules from time to time – like for instance, beginning a sentence with And, But, or Or. Honestly, I’m not even talking about the written word, though it’s all related these days. Texts and emails affect speech patterns. I’ve actually heard people say “omg” and “lol”. So what was once texting and instant messaging shorthand has now become part of everyday speech. And I’m fine with that, although it’s a little jarring the first time you hear it. Still, each letter in those acronyms stand for an actual word – so they should still be used correctly.
I know I said I wasn’t a grammar-nazi; and, truly, I don’t think I am. But I do have to share this little story with you because it grates on my nerves every day. In the town I live, they widened a major road not too far from my house. When they did this, it caused some issues for the homeowners on that street. Apparently, some of the homes become flooded when it rains from the run-off from the new and improved road. And that’s awful. I can’t imagine my house flooding every time it rained. You can’t even move, because who is going to buy a house like that?
Anyway, one of the homeowners was furious over this and painted the front of his house with a message to the Powers-that-be in our community.
There was a huge outcry when this gentleman painted his house with this message. My town has a sign ordinance which the ACLU then took on. Long story short, the house is still there and the message still proudly displayed. Now, I would never take away the homeowner’s right of freedom of speech. But I would suggest a good English refresher class. Why is there a comma at the end? A comma?!? That’s completely wrong. A period or exclamation point I can see. Or even nothing at all. But a comma? It doesn’t make any sense. It seems like he meant to say something else and either got bored or ran out of paint.
I drive by this house almost every day. And the sight hurts my eyes. Please, sir! I beg of you, please, fix the comma at the end! Please, please, pretty please. Is it just me?
What drives you crazy on a daily basis?