'Cause I Said So ... Snobby Mommy and the Grammar Police

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‘Cause I Said So

Welcome to my random thoughts page entitled “’Cause I Said So.”  These are general musings, rants, observations and otherwise unimportant details I notice about life.

Snobby Mommy and the Grammar Police

Below are the grammar mistakes that irk me.  I shouldn’t let these things bother me, but I do.  It’s a character flaw.  That’s why my daughter refers to me as Snobby Mommy.

I also don't make friends easily, in part due to my haughtiness.


And when I get together with fellow secretaries... watch out!  We can be a discerning bunch.



One of the best greetings cards I've ever received

A Lot

Alot is not a word. It is two very separate words.  "I like pizza a lot."  There.

Shaking My Head

Here’s one that made me look twice.  A handwritten sign was posted on a McDonald’s, indicating it was moving across the street.  The sign said:

“We have moved next store.”



Please use “between you and me” … rather than ‘between you and I.  See grammarmonster.com for clarification.


A While

Okay, I’m guilty of this.  It's very hard to determine whether this is one word or two.  I checked it out and came up with the following answer from Grammar Girl .  I like her answer:

A while and awhile have different meanings. A while is a noun phrase and means “a period of time.” In contrast, awhile is an adverb, and it means “for a time.”

Please reply to Stan and me

Do not.  I repeat… do not type:  “Please reply to Stan and I.”  This is not correct.  You wouldn’t say:  "Please reply to I."

Nope.  Just don’t do it.

Could've, should've, would've

Please use: “would have” rather than “would of.”  Same for Should and Could.
Ex.:  "I would have attended the party, except they weren’t serving alcohol."

That’s a whole ‘nother story

I know.  Our words run together because we talk fast and our minds aren’t always following closely.  I was in a job interview once and actually heard myself say:  “Yes, well that’s a whole ‘nother story.”


I did not get the job.

Of course, that’s a whole OTHER story.

Thank you listening.  I feel better getting that off my chest.  What are your own pet peeves?  I’d love to hear them.


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