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Lewwat Fri 29-Jul-16 22:51:36

This really bugs me

People confusing bought with brought.


KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Fri 29-Jul-16 22:55:16

Can you not just work out which they mean from the rest of the sentence?

monkeywithacowface Fri 29-Jul-16 22:55:19

There's a whole section on here for people to whine about other people's misuse of the English language. You even get a certificate when you first post for being so much smarter than everyone else.

notamummy10 Fri 29-Jul-16 22:58:54

I get confused with bought and brought, I sometimes have to google the correct use of each word!

FasterThanASnakeAndAMongoose Fri 29-Jul-16 23:01:06

YANBU at all. It's like they're, their and there. Or your and you're. It's and its. Let's and lets.

I know I should get out more but I just can't help it. It gets my goat.

monkeywithacowface Fri 29-Jul-16 23:03:51

Notamummy just think of "did you BRing the cake?" "Yes I BRought the cake"

Wolfiefan Fri 29-Jul-16 23:05:31

Defiantly bugs me!

toadgirl Fri 29-Jul-16 23:06:31

I just assume that's a typo, with it being just one letter and all.

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Fri 29-Jul-16 23:06:48

Why does 'defiantly' bug you?

Queenbean Fri 29-Jul-16 23:08:53

I assume Wolfie means when people mean definitely but write defiantly instead

Lewwat Fri 29-Jul-16 23:09:23

Not just a typo, in everyday life when people say "oh I just brought this at the shop" argh!

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 29-Jul-16 23:09:55


A lot of people use defiantly instead of definitely since the advent of spellcheck on mobile phones, Joffrey.

"Oh god I'm defiantly going to be late for work" is one I see quite frequently. They definitely don't mean they're going to be defiantly late.

RJnomore1 Fri 29-Jul-16 23:12:14

Oh god I'm such a pedant and it drives me round the bend. At the same time I can't he arsed correcting typos or autocorrects myself. It's a lonely life being a lazy pedant I tell you.

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Fri 29-Jul-16 23:12:16

Oh, I see.

But you can just correct it in your head by reading the rest of the sentence and work out they picked the wrong word.

Shouldn't let it 'irritate' you. Life's too short.

Mummyto2bubs Fri 29-Jul-16 23:17:44

It drives me mad!!!!

StarryIllusion Fri 29-Jul-16 23:29:24

It irritates me when people go Oh but you can tell what it means. Yes, well, that isn't going to help your kids pass their English GCSE, is it? I can't take people seriously when they can't be bothered to spell correctly. Why would they WANT to look uneducated and unintelligent? Can't be arsed instead of can't be asked, is irritating too. The former makes no sense anyway! Fair enough, you can't be asked to pronounce your words properly but why spell out your mispronunciation? It isn't even any shorter, it's the same number of letters! And it sounds so... CHAVVY!

RJnomore1 Fri 29-Jul-16 23:32:24

Can't be arsed makes sense. Nice try sweetie. I'd have accepted a comment on the "he" (although it does prove my point)

Can't be asked? Np sense....

Gran22 Fri 29-Jul-16 23:36:02

Writing 'could of' instead of 'could have' is so not right. 'As' instead of 'has' is another no no. I could go on, but I won't....

Lewwat Fri 29-Jul-16 23:36:11

Can't be asked doesn't make sense! 😂 you can ask.....can't be arsed on the other hand.
Just another way of saying can't be bothered

MrsEricBana Fri 29-Jul-16 23:36:44

Can't be asked??? Erm, wot?

JudyCoolibar Fri 29-Jul-16 23:37:34

People get so self-righteous around here about suggesting that this sort of thing doesn't matter, but really that frame of mind needs to change. Our children are growing up in a world where it really does matter - if they haven't learnt basics like this by the end of primary school they won't reach the expected levels in year 6 and will be held back in year 7. If they haven't learnt them by year 11 they'll be penalised in GCSEs and that will have a knock-on effect for years. As parents, we really need to get our heads around correct usage ourselves or we will be doing our children no favours.

pollyblack Fri 29-Jul-16 23:41:04

I have never noticed the brought/bought thing anywhere apart from being mentioned on here.... Is it really a thing?? confused

ALemonyPea Fri 29-Jul-16 23:45:12

Brought and bought don't bug me as much as people using there/their/they're incorrectly.

StarryIllusion Fri 29-Jul-16 23:46:43

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StarryIllusion Fri 29-Jul-16 23:49:13

They might, Alis. Maybe they're so late that the only thing left to do is brazen it out. grin

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