Brewing Thoughts

September 21, 2007

Pet Peeve(s) Of The Day

Filed under: General — jidd @ 6:45 am

I’ll certainly never be accused of being a grammatical or spelling genius, but come on people. Why is this so hard? I can (almost) excuse the lowly masses, but when reasonably intelligent, educated and professional people repeatedly make these mistakes?

The word is MOOT people, not mute. Mute is the button you push on the remote control for the TV when you want to take a phone call, or that poor fellow with no tongue begging on the corner. Mute is not a means of describing something which is no longer relevant.

Also, why is the difference between THEN and THAN so hard?

Then: It denotes time and sequencing. One thing happen, THEN it is followed upon by another. “Hey Moron! First you put your feet into your shoes, then you tie them.”

Than: It denotes a comparison between items. One item is [insert adjective here] THAN another. “People who use mute when they mean moot are dumber than a box of rocks.”

So what gets under your skin? People who rant about their pet peeves? 😉



  1. Well, I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. I hate, I hate, I hate okie blows. My coworker does it at least 10 times a day. Sooo gross.

    Comment by Adam — September 21, 2007 @ 3:56 pm | Reply

  2. Also, people who say they could care less about something even though they mean to say they couldn’t.

    Comment by Adam — September 21, 2007 @ 3:58 pm | Reply

  3. i see the then/than one a lot, and usually annoys me because it’s a pretty simple one.

    also not a fan of loud talkers in public places. or cell phones used for long, public conversation.

    Comment by ed — September 23, 2007 @ 9:39 pm | Reply

  4. I have to admit that I am guilty of Adam’s could/couldn’t peeve. I think I do that. How about this mistake. I saw a document that asked people to “feel out the blanks.” Huh? That’s not just a typo that’s just plain scary

    Comment by Malisa — October 3, 2007 @ 2:36 am | Reply

  5. misuse of apostrophe’s (like that). an apostrophe shows possessio or is used for contractions, but seems like some people just like throwing it in anytime there is a plural or word ending in s.

    Comment by arthur — October 7, 2007 @ 11:25 am | Reply

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