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REIN in, it's effing REIN in!!!

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CallmeAngelina · 29/09/2019 10:34

Am I the only one who is being driven mad by the number of people on MN who write "reign in?" It seems standard practice now, (and don't start me on practise/practice!) so is it one of those things that people are now going to attempt to justify as being OK?
Come on, you lovely pedants. Make me feel better about this, as I'm fighting the urge not to scream at posters on other threads

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Defenestrator · 29/09/2019 10:47

Me too! And I think perhaps people have heard the expression but not written it, then see it written as 'reign' and so perpetuate the crime.

And loose for lose.

And breaks for brakes.

Other mistakes are available...

BettyPitts · 29/09/2019 11:00

I've seen a few dose. Seriously, it's making me want to smash my phone to bits.

LordProfFekkoThePenguinPhD · 29/09/2019 11:02

At least it’s not rain

I always enjoy bare and bear (grrrr) as in ‘I can’t bear/bare it’. Makes me chuckle.

LadyJaneGrey56 · 29/09/2019 11:05

Yes and also the saying should be free rein..... like giving a horse the reins, rather than free reign like letting the queen do whatever she likes.

And people using stepped foot instead of set foot is happening more and more and really sets my teeth on edge!! Grin

CallmeAngelina · 29/09/2019 11:37

And it's "what's sauce for the goose," not "good."

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MajesticWhine · 29/09/2019 11:40

Yes you are quite right. Now go and get out some more Grin

CallmeAngelina · 29/09/2019 11:43
Grin
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CallmeAngelina · 29/09/2019 12:40

Oh, and another one I've just noticed: "back peddling!"
It's PEDALLING!!! As in a bike!
Angry

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Lobsterquadrille2 · 29/09/2019 16:20

@CallmeAngelina here here 😬😬

Angelika321 · 29/09/2019 17:20

I was about to join in and agree until I remembered I used curb instead of kerb recently. (Hangs head in shame)

user1496146479 · 22/12/2019 12:43

Principal and principle!

anxioussue · 22/12/2019 12:49

Practice and practise

MikeUniformMike · 26/03/2020 10:05

I thought this was a thread about the whether.

campion · 26/03/2020 10:14

Increasing misuse of 'worse' instead of 'worst'. 'It was the worse headache I've ever had'.
It's not that difficult.

MikeUniformMike · 26/03/2020 10:25

Tenses of went up the creak to.

TheWordmeister · 26/03/2020 10:31

And what happened to 'to be'? I keep seeing things like 'needs cleaned' or similar.

And many people have given up even bothering with 'you're' when 'your' will do Hmm

MikeUniformMike · 26/03/2020 10:36

This was posted on another thread:
" You are literally been asked to stay indoors for a while,"

I despair. Local group messages are littered with ofs instead of haves.

ErrolTheDragon · 26/03/2020 10:39

I suppose at the moment, 'a discrete distance' might be deliberate?

MikeUniformMike · 26/03/2020 10:55

I heard a Scottish politician saying precedent and it reminded me of how you say a word and how you write it are related. I used whether in a previous post but IRL do not say weather and whether exactly the same.

Travelledtheworld · 03/04/2020 05:32

Its a horsey metaphor, so I wouldn't understand a huge proportion of the population to understand it anyway.

puds11 · 03/04/2020 05:45

Advise and advice. Driving me mad!

LizziesTwin · 03/04/2020 06:08

Do you think that the use of dictation apps (Siri etc) could have caused some of the increase in grammatical errors & spelling mistakes?

triptrapdollydumpling · 03/04/2020 06:23

Your instead of you’re is popping up everywhere.

Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g · 03/04/2020 06:34

Autocorrect and spellcheck are only useful if you can already spell and punctuate, and have a good grasp of English grammar. Lots of people would happily settle for your when it's offered. The poor old apostrophe is doomed.

Grammer schools pop up frequently on Education threads.

LizziesTwin · 03/04/2020 08:23

'He's' instead of 'his' is bizarre but I've seen it.

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