Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Quibbles and Rants

What does this have to do with anything? Read on, MacDuff.

I'm not the first, and I won't be the last to harp on these points. But they've been particularly irritating of late.
  • Learn when to use there, their and they're.
  • Likewise, it's and its.
  • Re-read my post on me vs. I. Do it several times.
  • "Your" = "belonging to you." "You're" = "you are." Memorize it.
  • Learn to write, "a lot" rather than "alot." (This link is one of the funniest you will EVER click on. So, do it!)
  • It's "voilĂ ," not "viola." (A viola is an instrument.)
  • It's "in lieu," not "in lei." (A lei is a floral garland.)
There. That feels MUCH better. There are many, many more, but I will save them for another day and another glass of wine.


  1. I know all of these and it drives me nuts when I see one used incorrectly, but I'm sure I misuse them myself when I'm not fully paying attention. My big one as you may recall from my Facebook rant is "should/could/would of" instead of "should/would/could have."

  2. Irregardless yer suppose to write proper.
    Luv pat. please. :)

  3. Diane - wish I'd remembered the have/of fail. I've noticed that some writers (of novels) will use the incorrect "of" when an uneducated character speaks. As if that character were actually writing out his or her speech. Interesting.

    Pat - LOL


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