To be Specific....

(183 Posts)
Gossipmonster Mon 17-Feb-14 20:22:40

One of admin lady at work's favourite words is "specific" thing is she says "pacific" Every. Fucking. Time.

Another colleague (degree educated) says "she/he done" instead of "did".

I just want to scream - but feel like it's so petty I couldn't possibly say anything.

Anyone else? smile

scantilymad Mon 17-Feb-14 20:28:58

Another one is when people say "your" instead of "you'll" e.g. "Your never believe what xxx has put on FB! etc". That some people even write it as your and not you'll is baffling.

greyslates Mon 17-Feb-14 21:05:24

Argh and those who put 'are' instead of 'our' and 'his' instead of 'he's'

FlockOfTwats Mon 17-Feb-14 21:06:54

Scantily i think that's more often than not an auto correct thing. Because my phone does it.

celebmum Mon 17-Feb-14 21:08:51

I know a specific/pacific'er too... she also says 'azactly' instead of 'exactly'... grin Grrrrrr!

Hoppinggreen Mon 17-Feb-14 21:09:12

"Should of "-aaaaaarrrrrrrgggggggg!!!!

HyvaPaiva Mon 17-Feb-14 21:10:34

Brought when they mean bought. For the love of god that annoys me.

PorkPieandPickle Mon 17-Feb-14 21:11:23

Oh agreed!! And 'will you borrow me something' or the opposite 'I lent it off him' argh!!

DameFanny Mon 17-Feb-14 21:12:32

Kill them

Monmouth Mon 17-Feb-14 21:12:34

May not come up in everyday conversation but men have a prostate gland not a prostrate gland (we all fall down).

DameFanny Mon 17-Feb-14 21:13:03

Tuer leurs

Anonymai Mon 17-Feb-14 21:13:44

I can't bear "here, here!" and the borrow/lend. And hate supernanny for her pronunciation of unacceptable (unasseptable!).

"DS read lovely" or similar are my pet hate. I really want to bring it up with a TA at work, but I would hate to upset her as she is a lovely lady.

DameFanny Mon 17-Feb-14 21:14:13

I worked with a woman who write "should of" on a formal report


mindthegap01 Mon 17-Feb-14 21:18:27

And the damp specialist who came to investigate the leak in our house and described the wall as "sweating profuseably"- WTAF??

LegoCaltrops Mon 17-Feb-14 21:20:15

Yes. All of the above. Someone I know at work does most of these things. She is senior to me and it makes me want to scream.

SueDoku Mon 17-Feb-14 21:25:11

'Axe' instead of 'ask' - and the one that really does my head in, 'nucular' instead of 'nuclear'.......angry

takingthathometomomma Mon 17-Feb-14 21:29:04

"Definitely" written as "defiantly". THEY ARE DIFFERENT WORDS! angry

scantilymad Mon 17-Feb-14 21:34:08


I wish it were but the people I'm thinking of actually say 'your' when speaking too! I have a feeling it's a South London/Essex thing ime.

Kafri Mon 17-Feb-14 21:47:02

Should of and seen instead of seeing as (I'm going to the cinema seeing as it's my day off - just in case it's my dialect)

ballstoit Mon 17-Feb-14 21:52:28

I'm learning ds to ride his bike...nope, you're not, you are TEACHING him (stab, stab, stab) angry

bella411 Mon 17-Feb-14 22:09:11

People who write "carnt" instead of can't. Seriously think what words are being abbreviated!!

And I'm board instead of im bored.

Kafri Mon 17-Feb-14 22:10:49

I dint want to be beside ballstoit - (s)he has a knife and is cross! grin

winkywinkola Mon 17-Feb-14 22:10:57

SKedule instead of sHedule

pictish Mon 17-Feb-14 22:13:21

Been instead of being.
I'm not prone to spelling and grammar nazi-ism...but yeah that one makes me want to clout a person.

bumbleymummy Mon 17-Feb-14 22:13:24

Draw instead of drawer. I've even seen that on furniture websites. 'Chest of draws'

iklboo Mon 17-Feb-14 22:13:46

'I won him at paintball'. That's nice, dear. Shall we put him on the mantelpiece.

I have a colleague who says 'kekkle', 'Draklia' (Dracula), cackalog (catalogue) and 'chimley / chimbley'. angryangryangry

PiperRose Mon 17-Feb-14 22:14:17

"Expresso" aarrrrghhhhhhhh!

PiperRose Mon 17-Feb-14 22:15:53

Oh, and mixing up 'lend' and 'borrow', it drives me insane.

pandarific Mon 17-Feb-14 22:16:10

Oh god 'Chest of draws' - raaaaaage.

PiperRose Mon 17-Feb-14 22:23:49

pictish may I commend you on excellent use of the word 'clout'

pictish Mon 17-Feb-14 22:32:22

You may...and thank you.

PiperRose Mon 17-Feb-14 22:34:28

Grammar: The difference between knowing your shit and knowing you're shit.

Gossipmonster Mon 17-Feb-14 22:37:05

I wonder what she says when talking about the ocean - dies she actually think it's Pacific?

ARGH totally over thinking this!!

Gossipmonster Mon 17-Feb-14 22:37:27

Does opps blush

LadyMud Mon 17-Feb-14 22:47:17

Some of the examples given above are African American English
(aks/asks, pacific/specific) so it's probably not politically correct to object hmm

PiperRose Mon 17-Feb-14 22:51:24

I'm inclined to agree with you about aks/ask but Pacific? Really?

Abbierhodes Mon 17-Feb-14 22:52:42

African American English???? Is that some kind of oxymoron?

MrsDeVere Mon 17-Feb-14 22:58:19

One of my colleagues says illegible instead of eligible
It comes up a lot in our work.

Pacific isn't african american.
Nor is arks/arsk.

Arks/arsk/axe is common in West Indian dialects.

But my DCs are not allowed to use it and nor was their dad when he was a kid. He had to use correct pronouciation. So I suppose his elderly West Indian mother was being politically incorrect hmm

MrsDeVere Mon 17-Feb-14 22:58:37


deakymom Mon 17-Feb-14 23:02:20

my husband does this and one time i actually shouted OH DEAR GOD ITS SPECIFIC!!! im usually a nice person but for some reason it makes me scream!!

2014ThisIsMyYear Mon 17-Feb-14 23:05:05

Colleague says "relative" when she means "relevant". She probably wonders why I'm muttering under my breath ...

MIL says "Optober". No idea why.

PiperRose - love it!

waterlego Mon 17-Feb-14 23:07:51

Today on FB, I saw 'encouragable' in place of incorrigible. Grrrrr.

CJCregg Mon 17-Feb-14 23:10:02

What drives me completely round the fucking twist is people on FB saying 'I'll inbox you.'

It's become part of the culture and everyone says it now. But INBOX ISN'T A VERB.

<paperbag, paperbag, paperbag>

waterlego Mon 17-Feb-14 23:10:32

bumbley I have seen 'Chester draws' shock

CJCregg Mon 17-Feb-14 23:12:55

Yes, yes, I too have seen 'Chester draws' - my old landlady put it on the inventory grin


Pipbin Mon 17-Feb-14 23:15:57

I mentioned in the staffroom the other day the shocking number of people who don't know that bought and brought were two different words. About 5 people said that they had no idea they were different either.

I have seen a 'chester draws' advertised.

GeordieJellybean Mon 17-Feb-14 23:16:33


The word is trousers. TROUSERS!

StrawberryCheese Mon 17-Feb-14 23:17:17

I know someone who is always talking about her wonderful farther on FB. If you can't spell it, just write 'dad' fgs!

I work with someone who frequently sends me emails requesting things by saying 'gonnae send me...' I appreciate that I am in Scotland and he is Scottish and I can cope (just) with people saying this out loud, but writing it in an email gives me the rage!

takingthathometomomma Mon 17-Feb-14 23:18:58

Ahh CJ I'll have to disagree with you there! I looked at a study a few years ago at the British Library (I think? May have just been a bog standard uni lecture) that focused on language development and how nouns are now being used a verbs. It will certainly upset the linguistic prescriptivists out there but as a badge-wearing descriptivist I love to see the changes in language! grin

MrsDeVere Mon 17-Feb-14 23:19:17

Pedal Stool seems to have become an actual thing.

It pops up on those bloody awful 'if you have something to say, say it to my face. I am a strong independent woman and I say it how it is. Be careful you don't fall off your Pedal stool hun. That is all I am saying'

type statuses.

CJCregg Mon 17-Feb-14 23:22:10

But no. You cannot 'inbox' me, you just can't. Where would your 'inbox' go? Why, into my 'inbox'. And then the world would just start to collapse.

I don't care about research and the language evolving. Every time I see 'Inbox me for details' I die a little.


CJCregg Mon 17-Feb-14 23:22:49

I am quite amused by pedal stool though grin

waterlego Mon 17-Feb-14 23:25:38

Pedal stool! Ahahahahaha!

Colon smells so good... <sniggers>

Financeprincess Mon 17-Feb-14 23:40:03

Oh yes, 'nucular'. If makes me want to shout, "why, why must you parade your ignorance so ostentatiously?"

'Pacific' in place of 'specific' was one of the running jokes on the lamented Kath & Kim (why did the BBC stop showing it? Fools). Sharon Strezlecki said, "can you be a big more pacific, Mrs D?" in almost every episode.

Financeprincess Mon 17-Feb-14 23:41:05

IT, not IF. Almost hoist by my own petard!

Yourself instead of you makes me stabby.

As in "Give me your address and I'll send an email to yourself". Raaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh


Some of these sorts of things have made it into our family lexicon, so outsiders might think we're a bit weird. Like "it's the vane of my life" and "I was so angry I was vivid". We hear them once and they stick, sadly.

Fluffyears Tue 18-Feb-14 00:28:09

I have a colleague who wrote 'using the pacific e-mail address...' My colleague corrected him on her reply. I also worked with one person and had to hold in my rage when she'd say 'remember me to do that.' If you didn't REMIND her she'd say 'why didn't you remember me?'. Aaaaargh!!!!

IneedAwittierNickname Tue 18-Feb-14 00:39:14

Could the your/you'll be dialect or accent? I'm sayog the sentance in the op out loud and it doesn't sound exactly like your,but I don't know that the lls are overly there either iyswim. Actually, I've said it so many times now that it sounds wrong whatever I say! I'd write you'll though as I know that's what it is.
My ex used to say counselled instead of cancelled eg, "I've counselled that appointment tomorrow". Used to give me the rage, and he couldn't seem to hear the difference!
His new dp sent me a message a few weeks ago, and then said "r will ask his mum and then r will get back to you". It took me a min to realise that 'r' wasn't a person, but seemingly shorthand for 'I'll'
Ex has started using it as well now. the pair of them are well suited

Innogen Tue 18-Feb-14 00:41:49

Dear everyone,

The past tense of 'to text' is texted.

I text him to ask for the dress. NOPE. You texted him to ask.


Fluffyears Tue 18-Feb-14 00:44:17

Another instance that made me want to scream was when two women senior to me asked ''how do you spell 're-offending'?'' I told them and one said ''oh I was spelling it 'affending' and wondered why spellcheck didn't get it!'' Could of, would of and should of make me want to rip my eyes out in frustration. Also when people write 'end off', it is 'end of' as in 'end of story' ....and breathe!

IneedAwittierNickname Tue 18-Feb-14 00:58:21

Innogen the text/texted debate has been long running on here. When I first had a mobile phone, everyone said text not texted. At least everyone I know. Texted still sounds wrong to me,.even though its probably right.
These days I just say sent a message!

Anonymai Tue 18-Feb-14 01:02:49

I will strangle anyone who says "he sent me a few textses". That drives me mad. TEXTS!

Bankholidaybaby Tue 18-Feb-14 01:15:43

I'm noticing more and more people using 'an' when they mean 'and'. Sometimes I'm not sure if they are doing it knowingly or not. It is infuriating.

Bankholidaybaby Tue 18-Feb-14 01:23:35

In writing, that is. I'm also often astonished by the pirouetting which must occur in some people's conversations (I turned round and said...she turned round and said...then I turned round to her). It must be particularly interesting to watch when each party is using a corded telephone.

bumbleymummy Tue 18-Feb-14 06:47:10

Chester draws? That made me laugh. So did Pedal Stool. smile

KoalaFace Tue 18-Feb-14 07:02:39

Pedal stool is so stupid it's genius.

I know a girl who is always "flustrated". Now it could be she has invented a word to accurately describe how she is "frustrated" and "flustered" but I think it is more likely that she does it to see me twitch.

AlwaysDancing1234 Tue 18-Feb-14 07:07:33

Yep to all of the above! Monmouth my MIL always says "prostrate" even though I have politely explained the difference. I think it's just the brain won't allow her to say it properly!

Pobblewhohasnotoes Tue 18-Feb-14 07:12:03

'Your' 'you're'. Drives me a bit mad.

I refused to buy a Valentine's card for DH that said 'Your so sexy'. How can that even be in the shops?

RedFocus Tue 18-Feb-14 07:13:36

My husband says mor-gauge instead of MORTGAGE and I have to correct him because it drives me around the bend and want to stab him every time he does it. Luckily for him I'm pretty mild mannered and manage to stop myself.

SagaNorensLeatherTrousers Tue 18-Feb-14 07:36:51

Another one here who hates the "brought/bought" interchange.

tolittletoolate Tue 18-Feb-14 07:41:59

in the argos catalogue I saw that they actually wrote save x amount if brought together!!!

Hersetta Tue 18-Feb-14 07:50:34

Payed....instead of paid. Makes my face twitch.

peppinagiro Tue 18-Feb-14 07:50:38

My grandmother does the 'aks/ask' one, and it drives me batshit. She also can't say dyslexic (disclaimer: she isn't, and has no excuse). She pronounces it dyxlexic. It comes up a surprising amount and I want to strangle her each and every time.

WobblyHalo Tue 18-Feb-14 07:51:47

brought & bought also does it for me.

What's bad though is hearing a news bulletin on the radio about some fishermen that died off the coast and the news reader says: "All of the diseased have been found..." instead of deceased.

And my receptionist once sent me an email telling me that the staff I was looking for was found in a box in Cape Town. She meant 'stuff' obviously...

WobblyHalo Tue 18-Feb-14 07:52:55

But to fair, English is probably not their first language (as it isn't mine) but it still makes me stabby!

Except for the 'staff' one. That was quite funny.

WobblyHalo Tue 18-Feb-14 07:53:18

Urgh... to be fair...

BelleateSebastian Tue 18-Feb-14 07:54:24

'them' instead of 'those' (as in, 'them flowers are pretty') and 'was' instead of 'were' ('we was looking at the tudors last week') . A teacher at dc's school does it and it makes me really cross that she is modelling such crap language in front of 30 impressionable children.

I briefly thought about training as a teacher but wouldnt inflict my lack of knowledge of the next generation grin

KoalaFace Tue 18-Feb-14 07:56:12

Is the brought/bought thing common?! I don't think I've ever noticed anyone using them interchangeably. Do some people really not know it is two different words? That's so strange.

Do you think these mistakes come from not reading enough?

WobblyHalo Tue 18-Feb-14 07:58:39

I think the brought/bought is just laziness (but it is my pet hate).

I also get annoyed with their/there. I find that if (and it's not often!) I make the their/there mistake it is because I was lazy and didn't check.

OwlCapone Tue 18-Feb-14 08:01:05

The past tense of 'to text' is texted.

No, it's "sent a text"

saintmerryweather Tue 18-Feb-14 08:01:29

I can see 'brought' written down and pass it by with a delicate shudder but if someone actually says it I get proper angry! My colleague says it and I really want to correct them

Joysmum Tue 18-Feb-14 08:11:58

I cringe too at 'pacific' rather than specific', my dad does it.

My biggest pet hate is becoming more and more common, it's 'arks' instead of 'ask'. I'm trying to learn to leg it slide and a one woman crusade can't overcome this.

hambo Tue 18-Feb-14 08:15:42

Dh goes for a bike...not a he goes for a bike, on his bike. aaaargh!

notthegirlnextdoor Tue 18-Feb-14 08:57:36

Should of.

Doing xxx why the kids are at school.

Its have and while.


notthegirlnextdoor Tue 18-Feb-14 08:58:29

Or whilst.

Perfectlypurple Tue 18-Feb-14 09:09:48

At my local library they had a mural with something about the goverment

I also hate brought/bought and should of

I must learn to be more tolerant!

Hoppinggreen Tue 18-Feb-14 09:23:00

I worked with someone one once who used to say unindated instead on inundated. I wanted to kill her for a variety of reasons but that was the main one.

As for dialects and language changing that's fine ( and actually quite interesting) but do the people using these wrong words know that they are wrong and choose to use them or are they just clueless???

Pipbin Tue 18-Feb-14 09:51:40

The people I talked to about brought and bought genuinely thought that brought wasn't a real word and bought was the same word for both the past tense of buy and bring. One of them had even been correcting children not to say brought. Both had degrees.

I never know how to tackle dialect words. Here we have the word shew, which is the past tense of show. For example 'you remember I shew you that on Monday?'
I had one friend who was otherwise articulate and well spoken who used it. He had no idea it was a dialect word until he used it in a high flying meeting!

Lemonfairydust Tue 18-Feb-14 10:17:23

People who write down 'then' instead of 'than'. Argh!

Pipbin Tue 18-Feb-14 10:17:53

I think we all need to print this onto stickers and stick around our work places.

SaucyJack Tue 18-Feb-14 10:22:00

When I am Queen, people who say St. PancrEas will be first against the wall.

Along with those who confuse counsellor/councillor- or even make up hybrids of the two.

DipDabDabDip Tue 18-Feb-14 10:30:15

From someone on my Facebook "shudnt crumble"

<head explodes>

Pobblewhohasnotoes Tue 18-Feb-14 10:37:06

Thought of another!

Advice/advise. 'Asking for advise'. No you bloody well can't!

BankWadger Tue 18-Feb-14 10:43:46

I'll stop unconsciously saying 'pacifically', when people stop putting penguins on Christmas cards with polar bears.

Pipbin Tue 18-Feb-14 11:59:57

I have never seen a Christmas card with polar bears and penguins on.
However I did once go into a coffee shop which claimed it sold expressos. There was a sign at the till which said 'check's are not excepted'. This was in the uk and the people running the coffee shop seemed to have English as their first language.

MeadowHeartshimmertheFairy Tue 18-Feb-14 12:15:42

A woman I used to work with did the 'pacific' instead of 'specific' thing. She wasn't particularly nice, generally used to feel superior to everyone and make very bitchy comments about the other female employees behind their back. I pulled her up on this several time which made me distinctly NOT her favourite person.

It used to make me smile that while she was rolling her eyes about people, she would be saying 'pacifically' what it was about them that annoyed her grin

Topaz25 Tue 18-Feb-14 12:23:41

My husband uses pacific instead of specific. He also pronounces accurately wrong! I just have to take a breath and remember he's not trying to annoy me!

MichonnesSamuraiSword Tue 18-Feb-14 12:52:13

Is the brought/bought thing common?! I don't think I've ever noticed anyone using them interchangeably.

I know someone who always says 'brought'. 'Bought' doesn't exist in her vocabulary. So she will say "Remember when I brought those trousers", "My DH Brought this for me"...

She also insists 'Binoculars' are called 'Binoclears'. She now lives abroad and I do worry that all of her foreign friends who presumably let her help them with their english have all been taught THE WRONG FUCKING WORDS

Do you think these mistakes come from not reading enough?

Nope. I think it comes from bad education, and bad parenting. Her parents speak like that, so does she. No one has ever corrected her. She has a Master's degree and is currently studying for her PhD, so she's not stupid and certainly reads plenty. I just wonder what she thinks when she reads the word 'Bought'... does she not wonder what that word is?

Aaaand deep breath. I feel better now!

Gruntfuttock Tue 18-Feb-14 13:06:48

This isn't a grammar/spelling thing, but I really have to concentrate on saying "anemone" otherwise it will invariably come out as "anenome". I have noticed people doing the same thing on TV and radio and I'm sure they have no doubt what the word is, it just comes out wrong when they say it.

Go on, say "anemone" and see if you do it too.

As for all the examples on this thread, they annoy me too. Pedal stools is quite funny though.

FreckledLeopard Tue 18-Feb-14 13:18:26

I cannot abide people using "it's" instead of "its".

It is/it has/it was = it's

If using it as a possessive, (that's its house, its mother lives there) = its

Whilst I appreciate this thread is supposed to be light-hearted, I really struggle to understand why such errors are so common. Is it a lack of reading, or a lack of spelling tests/grammar lessons at school? Or is English an intrinsically difficult language to write correctly?

Wierdywoo Tue 18-Feb-14 13:46:48

Sometimes I read on here 'me' instead of 'my', eg 'I went and got me coat.' Is that deliberate or a spellcheck muck up?

Gruntfuttock Tue 18-Feb-14 13:48:26

If anyone says "I'll get me coat" I assume it's a Fast Show quote.

Wierdywoo Tue 18-Feb-14 13:55:49

Grunt so would I grin
I was eating me dinner when the phone rang.
I looked for me book.
That sort of thing.
Baffles me! blush

Innogen Tue 18-Feb-14 13:56:14

Owlcapone, it's not though is it?

Adding the verb 'to send' to the verb 'to text' does not conjugate it to the past. It starts building phrases and sentences.

The whole point of having words that conjugate is to prevent such needless wordiness.

tripper20 Tue 18-Feb-14 14:02:42

on the floor (the ground is outside, the floor inside)

<stab stab stab>

CorusKate Tue 18-Feb-14 14:08:27

Reticent now appears just to mean reluctant, if popular usage is anything to go by.

Hotmad Tue 18-Feb-14 14:08:52

I just came across a post online and the person was looking for some rest bite

FoxesRevenge Tue 18-Feb-14 14:09:22

That'll learn him. angry

Gruntfuttock Tue 18-Feb-14 14:10:02

Hotmad Hunt them down.

TeamWill Tue 18-Feb-14 14:11:38

Wimbledin <rages>

velvetspoon Tue 18-Feb-14 14:12:44

Stuff like this drives me mad.

I sit in an office where I am surrounded by phone conversations with members of the public - I wince every time I hear someone being asked 'Was you the driver' about 200 times a day.

not to be mention people being asked to be pacific, reference to 'textses' (which seems to be some bizarre plural of text - it's texts ffs!). And the word ain't, which is banned in our house but seemed to be used practically everywhere else. Sigh.

But then one of our managers regularly signed off emails with Cheerz (yes, with a Z) so it's hardly surprising.

FoxesRevenge Tue 18-Feb-14 14:13:36

I fink somefink and nuffink are annoying.

stinkysox Tue 18-Feb-14 15:25:09

Anythink, nothink, everythink. I know people who think these are actual words angry

Hotmad Tue 18-Feb-14 15:48:11

I also said before on a thread like this, what is it with people that get the words tactile and tactical mixed up, I heard someone say they were tactile voting!
I imagine someone having a good cuddle whilst voting!!

TawdryTatou Tue 18-Feb-14 16:11:28

'Hence why' fucks me off an inordinate amount, especially as it's generally used by someone who is coming across as a pompous arse.

"I didn't think it was fair that my daughter should be left out, hence why I withdrew your daughter's invitation".

It should be "Your grammar was appalling, hence my upcoming murder trial."

Pipbin Tue 18-Feb-14 16:32:34

I think I use 'hence why' oh dear.

I was watching Tough Young Teachers on Sunday. The people on this programme have degrees from the the best universities. One of the teachers had a child who didn't turn up for detention. She phoned another classroom where she thought he might be in a study group. Her words were 'can you ask him why he regretted to inform me that he couldn't come to detention.'

CorusKate Tue 18-Feb-14 16:45:21

To be fair, "I regret to inform you" is a common phrase, and easy to get mixed up with "neglected to inform me", especially when speaking off the cuff.

Kafri Tue 18-Feb-14 16:51:56

Vimpto and hampster have bugged me in the past on FB.

Even my phone knows it's wrong and wanted to correct me as I typed it.

mrssnodge Tue 18-Feb-14 16:53:40

My neice is lovely young girl but a so bugs me, when she constantly mis- spells EVERYTHING on Fb . selling a car for eg was- FOD MONREO WITH 6 MANTHS OMT???? -

KoalaFace Tue 18-Feb-14 17:06:48

Hotmad how to you feel about "tactful voting" which I heard on Big Brother and that was the end of that viewing experience!

mrsnodge was your spelling of 'niece' ironical? grin

I also hate the way people have started saying "it's so yummy, it's addicting!"

cardibach Tue 18-Feb-14 17:10:15

Supposably instead of supposedly winds me up. I have an otherwise lovely friend who says it and I dread exploding one day and yelling Supposedly! Supposedly for God's sake!' at her.
I think the poster who said 'send a text' was pointing out that text is not really a verb anyway, but a noun. It's the same issue as in boxing someone.

tolittletoolate Tue 18-Feb-14 17:19:43

I worked with a bloke who said something had set a precipice when he meant precedent!
The thing is I say that now because I think it's so funny grin

OwlCapone Tue 18-Feb-14 17:27:09

Adding the verb 'to send' to the verb 'to text' does not conjugate it to the past.

I didn't

I added it to the noun.


Hotmad Tue 18-Feb-14 19:52:04

koala it's better than using tictacs in voting

waterlego Tue 18-Feb-14 22:08:44

Hoppinggreen I used to have a colleague who said 'unindated' too sad She also said 'pacific' instead of specific. The funny thing is, our job was selling cruises, so when she asked people 'what was your pacific enquiry?' I used to imagine them replying 'no, not Pacific, it was an Atlantic cruise
I was interested in' grin

Re. It's/its... I spotted an error of this ilk on a fact card inside a packet of children's snacks (Yoyo fruit string type things) only yesterday. The fact on the card stated that a particular dinosaur kept itself warm by wrapping 'it's tail around it's body'. Fear not pedants, I have e-mailed the manufacturers to admonish them.

I have also seen 'rest bite', many times.

Like previous posters, I think it might be lack of reading that's to blame. Surely, if people read a bit (even just the Argos catalogue), they'd know that there's no such thing as a Chester Draws, for example.

Essiebee Tue 18-Feb-14 22:25:09

bored of
different to
them things
not using a capital letter for I

Pipbin Wed 19-Feb-14 00:05:50

What is wrong with bored of?
I know I use it and I'd hate to think that I was making an error.

Of course a lot of these could be said to be malapropisms.

IneedAwittierNickname Wed 19-Feb-14 00:11:20

Using xxx instead of a full stop, and using xxx after every sentence
Eg, "gonna put the kids to bed xxx then chill with a movie xxx but what shall I watch xxx"
This is an almost daily fb status from one friend of mine. Usually followed within 5 minutes with what she's going to watch, then updates about the film every 5/10 minutes.

TheGervasuttiPillar Wed 19-Feb-14 00:25:06

less and fewer.

Wrong : ...less people. ...10 items or less.
Right: ...fewer people. Fewer cars, less traffic.

Myself instead of I.

Wrong: Myself, and a friend went...

Right: I went with a friend. A friend and I went.

Fluffyears Wed 19-Feb-14 01:43:10

In an office I worked in once the guy next to me used to say 'I've not got nothing....' Rather than 'I've not got anything...'. Tried to point out he was actually saying he did have something but got politely told to eff off.

IneedAwittierNickname Wed 19-Feb-14 02:16:08

I've just seen malty task?!

TheScience Wed 19-Feb-14 02:24:13

Brought and bought is the worst one. Can people not see they mean two very different things?

hoboken Wed 19-Feb-14 02:47:25

Secatary (secretary)

Apparently the forthcoming Scottish referendum is to decide whether or not the country should be 'independant' :-(

YoureBeingASillyBilly Wed 19-Feb-14 02:52:35


Exp's mum used to mix up words all the time. She got very passionate when talking about speeding drivers and asked me if i could imagine the 'compact' of hitting another car at 100mph.

Exp also used to mix up unconditional and unrequited love.

It was hard not to laugh at times.

SerenaJoy Wed 19-Feb-14 03:18:52

I corrected someone who used 'pacific' instead of 'specific'. Her reply was 'yes, that's what I said - pacific'. She genuinely couldn't hear the difference confused

These people just need to be quietly taken away somewhere and shot educated, before any more of these abominations become part of the wonderful English language.


fivefourtime Wed 19-Feb-14 04:25:49

Two American quirks I don't like:

"Speaking to" a topic or an issue, instead of discussing the topic or addressing the issue. (I suppose "speak to" is a synonym of "address", but it still sounds bad.)

"Processes" with the American short o and the final e lengthened, to make it sound a bit like "Rameses". WHAT?

Coumarin Wed 19-Feb-14 04:39:20

Barrow instead of borrow. They don't sound remotely alike.

Also someone I know gets her tenses mixed up constantly. As in 'I done fish for dinner' or 'I've saw it three times.' It really jars.

Also either instead of neither. How? They mean two different things. Stop!

Coumarin Wed 19-Feb-14 04:39:54

Barrow instead of borrow. They don't sound remotely alike.

Also someone I know gets her tenses mixed up constantly. As in 'I done fish for dinner' or 'I've saw it three times.' It really jars.

Also either instead of neither. As in 'No, me either'. How? They mean two different things. Stop!

singaporeswing Wed 19-Feb-14 04:58:33

Colleague frequently says "alise" instead of "liaise". Makes me want to throttle her.

She also said that "he rendered his notice" the other day.

English isn't her first language, but she doesn't like people correcting her so looks like I'm putting up with it for a while.

JessieMcJessie Wed 19-Feb-14 06:29:04

TawdryTatou LOVE the username and your comment. MN needs a "like" button.

To everyone on this thread, I can't do a link on my thread but if you have not seen it before, you must IMMEDIATELY Google "Mitchell and Webb grammar" and sit back and enjoy...

LeftHandedPopcornScoop Wed 19-Feb-14 07:00:48

Howling with laughter here at Pedal stool grin

FlyLikeABird Wed 19-Feb-14 07:12:16

Have we had chimley yet? My mum says this and I can't help but explode, I think she thinks I'm mad hmm

She says wheelbarrel too. I despair.

The teachers in Tough Young Teachers are outstanding students, I believe the one leaving the voicemail studied English language grin

<gets off own pedal stool>

winkywinkola Wed 19-Feb-14 09:13:51

A slither of cake instead of a sliver.

Innogen Wed 19-Feb-14 09:27:08

Owlcapone. To text is a verb. A text is a noun.

Avoid lexical shift all you want, it is happening!

OwlCapone Wed 19-Feb-14 10:02:20

Yes, a text is a noun. Which is why I said sent a text. You accused me of adding the verb to send to another verb. You were wrong.

OwlCapone Wed 19-Feb-14 10:05:58

If you are going to talk about "lexical shift" then you really have no grounds to complain about how people use language - what once was wrong is now right

TawdryTatou Wed 19-Feb-14 10:12:05




lollylaughs Wed 19-Feb-14 11:08:48

Com-ity instead of committee.......angry

My ultimate pet hate is when they just make up words. I am quite sure that 'incentivize and 'condomize' are not real words.....

unobtanium Wed 19-Feb-14 11:15:01

I had pacific, a lot, AND "advocado" -- as in "I'll have a bacon and advocado sandwich please". Which was hysterical since the culprit was a lawyer!

My father-in-law has also recently had "prostrate" problems.

Sigh. I forgave each time 'cos the offenders were otherwise nice people.

Livvylongpants Wed 19-Feb-14 11:18:24

My iPhone changes definatly to defiantly ... It's infuriating

unobtanium Wed 19-Feb-14 11:20:29

maybe try typing "definitely"!

Pipbin Wed 19-Feb-14 11:24:40

Yes she is the English teacher with a first from oxford or some thing like that.

The American phrase that is creeping over here is 'I could care less' rather than 'I couldn't care less'. Makes no sense, but then neither does 'cheap at half the price'.

francesdrake Wed 19-Feb-14 15:31:35

It sets my teeth on edge when supposedly articulate reporters on BBC news refer to 'the secker-terry of state'. If the BBC is the authority on pronunciation of obscure international placenames, then they really should get basic English ones right too. <froths>

Pipbin Wed 19-Feb-14 15:43:57

I once heard an interview with the woman who was the head of the pronunciation department at the BBC. She had a pronounced lisp. I wonder if all unusual words at the BBC are now being pronounced with a lisp.

I also heard a person who was the head of nuclear research and he said nucular.

Innogen Wed 19-Feb-14 16:28:35

owlcapone, youre not getting this are you? Text is both a.noun and a verb.

Text, texting, texted.

You may want to refer to a dictionary in the future.


Innogen Wed 19-Feb-14 16:34:11

Orangeanddemons Wed 19-Feb-14 16:36:32

He done/she done is dialect from my neck of the woods. I'm degree educated and I say it quite often.....

waterlego Wed 19-Feb-14 21:44:08

Hmmm. I don't understand your argument Innogen

If we accept that 'text' can be a verb, which most people do, and if it is a regular verb, then 'I texted you' is right.

But there is also clearly nothing wrong with using 'I sent you a text', where 'sent' is the verb and 'text' is a noun. Clearly Owl doesn't like using text as a verb so prefers to get round it by using the structure she's suggested.

DrinkFeckArseGirls Wed 19-Feb-14 22:02:28

Where do you meet all those people who twist very common in usage words?

Innogen Wed 19-Feb-14 23:54:59

I agree with you waterlego. Both are right. My issue is that Owl seems to be denying the grammatical correctness of 'texted' as the past participle of the verb.

waterlego Thu 20-Feb-14 00:09:21

True. Owl did say 'no it isn't' in response to your post stating that the past tense is 'texted'. I disagree with her there. It appears in online dictionaries as a verb. People use it as a verb. That makes it a verb in my view. (And also a noun, of course). I just didn't really follow the ensuing argument between the two of you.

IneedAwittierNickname Thu 20-Feb-14 00:10:44

Drink local facebook selling pages are full of it,
I've never seen Chester draws, but have seen chest of draws.
Today I saw someone asking for a perent fasing pushchair. Although I'll admit that could be genuine spelling mistakes.

wadi1983 Thu 20-Feb-14 00:14:07

can't be asked.... when the saying is can't be arsed!!!!

Innogen Thu 20-Feb-14 02:11:18

Waterlego. To be honest with you, I'm not following it either anymore. I actually think we'd agree if we were speaking in person. I'm thinking this is just a case of miscommunication.

I can't understand why someone would use 'sent a text' (3 words) when one word exists (texted).

Completely a persons prerogative to use whatever though.

Marnieshere Thu 20-Feb-14 06:36:22



Whyyyyyyy?! hmm

Marnieshere Thu 20-Feb-14 06:43:30

What also gets me, is when people only use one bracket. For example)

Ugh! Is there actually a reason for this as I see it a lot confused

IneedAwittierNickname Thu 20-Feb-14 06:49:06

Marnie I've done that a couple of times, it either because I've forgotten that I opened brackets and forgotten to close them, or vice versa.
Mainly when I'm tired or rushing though blush

Or the one that is there is a typo and was never meant to be there

HellsGranny Thu 20-Feb-14 07:04:20

I think it should be bored with not bored of to whichever poster asked but I could be wrong.

I get dependent & dependant confused...any tips?

Vinomum Thu 20-Feb-14 07:13:31

'Can I get' instead of 'Can I have' - that really grates but everyone seems to say it now.

Also 'the film is released Sunday' instead of 'on Sunday' which is something I've noticed the BBC website doing more and more often recently.

DrinkFeckArseGirls Thu 20-Feb-14 08:45:20

Ineed it must be where you live then... shockwinkgrin

sashh Thu 20-Feb-14 09:31:28

African American English???? Is that some kind of oxymoron?

Nope, it is also known as 'Black vernacular'.

But like all dialects it should not be used in formal writing, other than for effect or to indicate code switching. And I say that as someone who can and does use Yorkshire dialect.

Also with 'US Black vernacular' (there is an argument that the UK has one, but it is also argues that it is Jafaican rather than dialect, and then there is an argument about what dialect is ..........could write a thesis on it) there is the history that it comes from when schools and most of life was segregated rather than it be a regional dialect.

littlemisssarcastic Thu 20-Feb-14 09:38:37

The one that always makes me irrationally annoyed is 'looser' instead of 'loser'.

It's a mistake I've seen a lot. Usually when attempting to insult someone else.

'You are a looser'.

If you're going to insult someone, and you call them a looser, you are the one who looks uneducated and a twat.

Variations of 'Loosing my mind/x team are loosing etc' also wind me up.

FTRsGotAShinyNewNN Thu 20-Feb-14 10:02:01

The Your/You're thing has gotten ridiculous now, how can people not know the difference?

I have a colleague who says 'us don't do that/us do that' why not we? It makes me twitch hmm

TheArticFunky Thu 20-Feb-14 10:06:41

My mum and sister say "him" instead of "it". I wonder if its a West Country thing.

akachan Thu 20-Feb-14 10:08:45

"10 items or less" is actually as correct as "10 items or fewer". Neither are a complete sentence, they are both contractions: the first is a contraction of "10 items or less than that amount of shopping" the second is a contraction of "10 items or fewer than that number of items".

TawdryTatou Thu 20-Feb-14 10:30:20

To remember whether to use "dependant" or "dependent", think of "complainant" or "tyrant".

These are nouns.

"Dependent" is an adjective, such as "insolent".

I bloody hope think that's right.

TawdryTatou Thu 20-Feb-14 10:32:48

And yes, it should be "bored with" or "bored by", not "bored of".

TawdryTatou Thu 20-Feb-14 10:34:40

Although 'of', 'by' and 'with' are all prepositions, so perhaps it's one of those phrases that just sounds wrong.

I'll Google do some research.

TawdryTatou Thu 20-Feb-14 10:38:16

Yup, "bored of" is a grammatically correct construction, just more recent, so is not accepted as Standard and this should be avoided in formal writing.

TawdryTatou Thu 20-Feb-14 10:38:39


Bloody autocorrect.

nennypops Thu 20-Feb-14 10:52:54

Another vote for "nucular". People who say it are presumably perfectly capable of saying "new" and "clear", what's so difficult about putting the two together?

Also the use of "her" and "him" instead of "she" and "he" in constructions such as "her and her son went to the shops". You wouldn't say "her went to the shops", ffs, what difference does it make that you've added "and her son"?

I so want one of these T-shirts -

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