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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.
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.
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.
H. Van Howe - PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST