"I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting."

- The Apostle's Creed
So's I Ken Right Good

Sven has a step-by-step process for rehabilitating people who insist on spelling weird "wierd." From his intro:

Dear English-speaking people,

It has come to my attention a great many of you are incapable of spelling the word 'weird' correctly. There is not, nor has there ever been, a word called 'wierd', and so I would like to invite you to refrain from using it all the time. Admittedly in school we are taught "i before e except after c" but this is a guideline, not a law to be fanatically followed to the letter by misguided word-zealots.

For all our sakes, I have devised a simple 6-phase plan to help awaken us all from this spelling nightmare:

You will need: Pencil, paper, eraser, dictionary to check your answers with.

Funny stuff.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to point out one of my own oft-seen pet peeves: people who write "tenants" when they mean "tenets." It always makes me think Calvinism is a landlord.

While we're at it, can someone kindly tell Dr. McKnight that "blogs" are the sites bloggers post on; they are neither the posts that appear on blogs nor the comments that posts receive, as he seems to think. It's a common error for beginners (The Thinklings made their fair share of this mistake early on), but the esteemed Professor McKnight repeats it in nearly every single one of his blogs -- er, I mean posts. ;-)

What linguistic/grammatical pet peeves do you have?


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Comments on "So's I Ken Right Good":
1. Bill - 05/30/2005 12:12 pm CDT

I hate apostrophes. In all their forms

I generally struggle with "weird" - I remember how to spell it by remembering that it's spelled "weird" - i.e., not following rules.

Other peeves. I think people should avoid doublequotes unless they are quoting someone. I do it myself, sometimes, but it's generally just a lazy way of engaging in sarcasm. Such as if someone were to write 'The Thinklings are very "intelligent"' - when they mean the exact opposite. There are many examples of this and I find the snark of the misused doublequote quite irritating. (The example I just gave isn't a very good one but I can't think of another one right now. I certainly am "intelligent", aren't I? :-)

I also am not a big fan of the misused "we". Such as the recent commenter who said "Perhaps we shouldn't take ourselves tooooo seriously..." when what he really meant was "Perhaps YOU shouldn't take YOURselves too seriously" - Using the "we" is condescending. I see this a lot in the blogosphere. Sometimes well-meaning, sometimes not so well-meaning. A good example of well-meaning was the "We don't believe the Gospel" scrum. I was, by the way, the jerk in that scrum.

Yeah, I have a lot of peeves . . .

2. Jared - 05/31/2005 4:07 am CDT

Someone, posting anonymously, reprinted my blogs/posts distinction in a thread at Scot McKnight's site, linking back to that post. So I'm outed!

This seems like as good a place as any to say that I am a great admirer of McKnight's, and I was ever-so-surprised and pleased that he saw fit to actually comment on a posted discussion of his book A New Vision for Israel at Mysterium Tremendum a couple of months ago.

So, anyway -- Dr. McKnight, if you happen to be reading this, I've got nothin' but love for ya, brother.

And your site is the blog. The articles on your site are posts. ;-)

3. jez - 05/31/2005 6:11 am CDT

i used to enjoy grammar and spelling until i had a huge document to write.
But the thing which annoys me most is using much/less for discrete quantities instead of more/fewer. eg. "how much books have you read?" -- ooh, doesn't it make you want to gouge out your own ears?

someone's going to complain about capital letters now, but the shift key doesn't work too well on this keyboard.

4. Manders - 05/31/2005 7:54 am CDT

Oh, the "your-you're" or the "they're-their-there" thing. I know they're homophones, but I swear, they're not spelled the same way, people.

5. John R. - 05/31/2005 8:10 am CDT

Oh my, where do I begin?

People who say "hone in on" when they mean "home in on."

People who use the word "irregardless."

People who say "it's a mute point" when they mean "it's a moot point."

I could go on all day. This stuff really bugs me. It's possible I may have been potty-trained too early.....

6. Bill - 05/31/2005 11:28 am CDT

One of my more common discoveries these days - some of my biggest peeves are things I do all the time.

Like the double quote thing I mentioned above. I do that - all the time!

yikes . . .

7. john alan turner - 05/31/2005 11:38 am CDT

"ATM machines." What do they think the "M" stands for?

8. Jared - 05/31/2005 11:55 am CDT

I use quotes far too often, as well. It bothers even me. I use them for emphasis when I shouldn't. I use them to denote irony even though it's annoying to do so.

I have a weird pet peeve: I don't like it when people spell y'all "ya'll", with the apostrophe after the a. Technically, it should go between the y and the a because it replaces ou. But I see "ya'll" all the time. Someone once gave us a welcome sign for the house that said "Happy Fall, Ya'll." I refuse to hang it up.

9. Bill - 05/31/2005 12:11 pm CDT

Heh, I write "y'all" rarely, but I know when I do I usually do it "ya'll" - d'oh!

Or is it "do'h"!

10. Shrode - 05/31/2005 12:17 pm CDT

"Navy NCIS" - What do they think the N stands for?

ISBN Number- What do they think the N stands for?

And yes, quotes are waaaay overused. I had an English teacher tell me that if I needed quotes or italics to show that a word had special emphasis, that I wasn't a very good writer. (That was not an insult. The point was that if I wrote well, I shouldn't need those extra "aids"....woops, there I go again. :)

11. blestwithsons - 05/31/2005 12:20 pm CDT

writing "it's" when you mean "its" really bugs me. And yet, I accidentally did it a few minutes ago and caught it on the proof-read. Speaking of which...is it just me or does it seem like many bloggers have no concept of proof-reading? I know we're all about instant gratification but c'mon!

12. Bill - 05/31/2005 1:31 pm CDT

Before I started blogging, I confess that I was nearly ignorant of the "it's" versus "its" rules. It has helped me tremendously to be on a group-blog with Jared :-)

13. jen - 06/01/2005 12:04 am CDT

Oops, I say "ya'll."

14. Califander - 06/01/2005 11:45 pm CDT

Ya'll, y'all - it doesn't make any differance at all!!!

Technically, both are correct. Of course, if you are from PA it is "yins" as in "you uns"!

15. Rob T. - 06/02/2005 11:38 am CDT

Joe Schmoe of the Evangelical Outhouse is talking smack about we Thinklings

This one (sorry Jared).

It should be "us Thinklings."

16. Ashley - 07/04/2005 10:14 am CDT

I can't stand when people put apostrophes in normal plurals. IF IT'S NOT POSSESSIVE OR A CONTRACTION, I DON'T WANT TO SEE AN APOSTROPHE! I also hate when people use flaunt and flout as synonyms. They mean two totally different things! But I'm an English major, so this stuff just jumps out at me. :)
(And to Califander: I'm a Pennsylvanian, and I have definitely been guilty of saying "you'ins".)

17. Lauren - 08/26/2005 6:29 pm CDT

I hate it when people end sentences in prepositions. Sometimes I just can't help it though.
But I really can't stand the double preposition such as "home in on". I know a lot of this is American slang; we know the meaning even though it doesn't make sense.

18. Dallas Lexus - 10/18/2006 11:59 am CDT

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