Here are a few peeves from readers:
My personal language pet peeve is the expression “I could care less.” If people thought about what they were actually saying they would realize that by saying they “could care less” means that they care quite a bit. “I couldn’t care less” is the correct way to express a lack of regard for a particular circumstance or situation.
Arguably is a pet peeve of mine as well, less because of redundancy than because, frequently, it falls into the “could care less” school of reverse meaning: while it accurately softens the absolute certitude of the statement it describes, but appears instead to be intended by many users to strengthen its veracity.
A pet peeve of mine. … I, too, thought that anchor personnel and everyone else on news channels were well-schooled in the English language and presented themselves to the public as individuals who were sensitive to our language, pronouncing the words as they were meant to be. Slang has an appropriate place in presentation, depending on the stories being portrayed; however, in conveying the day-to-day news stories, I would like to hope that we have folks who do pronounce words appropriately.The number “50” is pronounced FIFTY — NOT FITTY.The number “100” is pronounced HUNDRED — NOT HENNERD.
… I have a pet peeve regarding pronoun usage I hear every day, all day on conference calls. Everyone here is college educated. People try to impress others on the call with their ability to speak, talking in clipped tones, articulating their position. But 90 percent of the speakers will without fail say “Jane went to the meeting with Tom and I” or “This is between you and I.” Anytime, there is a compound object, they use the subjective case of the pronoun. They would never say “Jane went to the meeting with I.” But let it be a compound object and there they go. This is common even at the highest management levels. It is much more likely to hear people say this than to say it correctly. It sets my teeth on edge.
I usually don’t pick on people’s speech. My focus is on the written word. However, as some of the peeves show, speech habits can be very annoying.
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