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Re: Your Pet Peeves

Post by bbattle » May 26th 2020, 5:27pm

Falstaff wrote:
May 26th 2020, 2:19pm
In that same vein, I am always annoyed by the inappropriate substitution of "less" for "fewer".
That's a good one. A lot of people do not know the difference between the two words.

Fewer calories means less taste. (don't get me started on diet beer or the pathetic attempts at beer like Michelob Ultra. Ultra what? Ultra crappiness? )

Fewer describes quantity; less describes quality.
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Re: Your Pet Peeves

Post by AlbertaTime » May 26th 2020, 10:54pm

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May 24th 2020, 2:44pm
7. Failing to use the Oxford comma
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Re: Your Pet Peeves

Post by two2play » May 27th 2020, 12:24am

Watching my father worry about this forum and whether it is worth his time anymore.

Listening to people say things like “more better” or betterer.

Reading dumb posts asking to see photos of your cat or something else.

Being asked if dad is my real dad.

Having men be astonished that women have brains and make more than they do.
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Re: Your Pet Peeves

Post by Falstaff » May 27th 2020, 7:19am

gerdson wrote:
May 26th 2020, 9:31pm
Whatis wrongwith compoundwords any ways? You guys are haterz.
Quite so. You Teutons have made compound words into an art form. Viz. and to wit: Bezirksschornsteinfergermeister - Head district chimney sweep. What a grand and euphonious title for such an humble occupation. Or, this beauty - Rindfleischetikettierungsuberwahungsaufgabenubertragungsgesetz - the law for the delegation of beef monitoring. Nothing ungeheuerlich about that!
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Re: Your Pet Peeves

Post by Hawk » May 27th 2020, 8:59am

As much as we complain there's some "loan words" that just work better in German. Backpfeifengesicht perhaps chief among them and, of course, Schadenfreude.










Yet this is what we tend to quote:


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Re: Your Pet Peeves

Post by Falstaff » May 27th 2020, 9:24am

bbattle wrote:
May 26th 2020, 5:27pm
Falstaff wrote:
May 26th 2020, 2:19pm
In that same vein, I am always annoyed by the inappropriate substitution of "less" for "fewer".
That's a good one. A lot of people do not know the difference between the two words.

Fewer calories means less taste. (don't get me started on diet beer or the pathetic attempts at beer like Michelob Ultra. Ultra what? Ultra crappiness? )

Fewer describes quantity; less describes quality.

Yes. My understanding has always been that fewer should be used when describing an amount that can be counted and less when it cannot.
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Re: Your Pet Peeves

Post by Falstaff » May 28th 2020, 8:07am

Another one that annoys me to no end: "The proof is in the pudding!" No, it frigging isn't. What in the hell would that mean anyway? Did someone hide Col. Mustard's murderous candlestick in the dessert or is it like the silver gimcracks cooked inside a Christmas plum pudding? If so, what exactly would that be proof of - that you're going to be facing a large dental bill? No, the proof of the pudding is in the eating! In other words, the quality of the dish is determined by how good it tastes - or, to widen the application, the quality of an item is determined by how well it works.
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Re: Your Pet Peeves

Post by Hawk » May 28th 2020, 9:31am

It's my understanding that "begs the question" is misused. It does not mean "raise the question" but is rather a reference to a circular argument. But the specifics elude me which means it falls short of a peeve and moves hesitantly into the "well we know what was meant" category.

I believe "exception that proves the rule" has been misused to the extent that it may now be deployed incorrectly with impunity. Much like "literal" is now in the dictionary as meaning the exact opposite of literal.

Language evolves and more often than not leaves me behind.
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Re: Your Pet Peeves

Post by Hawkeye » August 3rd 2020, 12:58pm

Any kind of Stolen Valor
Lack of common sense
Just Blindly following someone just because you always followed
Lack of patience
Being 20 minutes late and trying to jump in front of people who were thoughtful enough to show up early or on time.
Snowflakes on both sides see blind.
People who think they are more important then the next guy
Open racism
Grifters
Liars
Whining about things you can’t control
Going 20 in a 45 zone unless your 70 then it’s ok
Constant droning on and on about the same subject aka beating a dead horse
People who walk down the middle slowly. Get the hell out of my way I know where I am going.
People who think their boss actually cares about them and their personal lives
People who smile and lie straight to you face and walk away laughing
Beggars at every corner and 99% of them are doing it for drugs not help.
Waiting for someone to show up and they are late by 30 minutes with no real excuse
Did I mention stolen valor.. oh yeah I did
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