pet peeves

Items which make me cringe when I hear or read them-
1. The suffix “gate” appended to any word used to identify the latest scandal as reported in the media. (e.g. Iran-Contragate) There seems to be an ongoing habit of using this term and I’m tired of it. There was one and only one “gate” scandal and it was ‘Watergate’, anything else doesn’t qualify so think of a name without borrowing one that has no meaning in the present context. (blathering idiots in the media should know better)
2. Any advertisement over the years that claim “the (such & such vehicle) is the best selling car in America!”. Well of course it is! But do you know why? It happens to be the cheapest, therefore more people can afford them, therefore more are sold. Just say “least expensive” and be done with it. Yes the Ford Escort during its time was rated as such but it was still a piece of CHEAP junk that people bought because that’s all they could afford.
3. “irregardless” Hoo boy, where to start with this one? Hmmm. Oh I know – IT’S NOT A REAL FRIGGIN’ WORD!#*! The proper word is – regardless.
This from
Usage Note: Irregardless is a word that many mistakenly believe to be correct usage in formal style, when in fact it is used chiefly in nonstandard speech or casual writing. Coined in the United States in the early 20th century, it has met with a blizzard of condemnation for being an improper yoking of irrespective and regardless and for the logical absurdity of combining the negative ir- prefix and -less suffix in a single term. Although one might reasonably argue that it is no different from words with redundant affixes like debone and unravel, it has been considered a blunder for decades and will probably continue to be so.

I particularly like the part about “blunder”. OK, now I feel better. More pet peeves to follow as I encounter them.


About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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5 Responses to pet peeves

  1. lousy_timing says:

    THANK YOU for #3. It’s so hard when someone uses that non-word, especially when they are a friend, and especially if they are a friend who has admitted to discriminating against people for their poor spelling or grammar. Hey, I like nicely spelled words and proper grammar, too, but I also know that some of the best and brightest don’t give a whit, so that’s not something I choose to exclude people from my life because of!
    Do you have this pet peeve on your list? The use of the word “mute” instead of “moot?”

    • marcsuttle says:

      There are many “mute/moot” like examples that I attribute to people just not paying attention. I once had a boss who would say ‘pacific’ instead of ‘specific’. From the tech-weenie side the term LAN (as in Local Area Network) frequently is pronounced ‘LAND’. Grrr.

      • lousy_timing says:

        I went to a school board meeting recently where one of the ENGLISH TEACHERS kept saying “pacific” instead of “specific” and it was suddenly clear why our high school had the ranking it did.
        There’s a FedEx commercial out that makes me laugh each time I see it, as it addresses this very issue. I’ve worked with the employee in question (it was usually my boss) and the only one of the mis-stated phrases I’ve never heard is “French Benefits.”

  2. drjon says:

    It’s a real word. It’s not considered a correct one in modern english – which might change, given enough usage by enough people. But it’s certainly a real word. If I use it, you will understand my meaning. And tell me off ;})>

  3. sidelobe says:

    “Presently” when they really mean “currently”.
    “Continuously” when they really mean “continually”.
    But… the one that absolutely gets under my skin …
    “Dampen” when used to mean to reduce or slow something down. “Dampen the vibration…”. The word is damp people! You damp vibration. If you dampen something, it gets wet.

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