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Some twenty years ago Dear Abby did a “grammar rant” in her column with a great list of her pet peeves – Dear Abby’s Grammar Rant. I shared some of my pet peeves with you here.  I have a few more to add. What are yours?

  • I watched an interview on television where the reporter asked the winner of the game, “What are your future plans?” Aren’t all “plans” in the future?
  • Saying “my own personal preference” as opposed to “my preference” drives me crazy.
  • “Would of/could of/should of” instead of “would have/could have/should have” makes the speaker sound like they are five-years-old.
  • If I ask someone how he or she is doing and they say, “I’m good” I want to say, “I wasn’t asking about your behavior. I was asking if you are well, as in healthy.”
  • When people end their sentences with a preposition, I want to tell them this joke.

A snobbish English teacher was sitting in an Atlanta airport coffee shop waiting for her flight to Connecticut. A friendly Southern Belle sat next to her.

“Where y’all goin’ to?” asked the Southern Belle.

Turning her nose in the air, the snob replied, “I don’t answer people who end their sentences with prepositions.”

The Southern Belle thought a moment, and tried again.

“Where y’all goin’ to, BITCH?

  • My girls have grown up hearing me say, “Cakes are done and people are finished.”
  • Similar to Abby’s pet peeve about the overuse of the word “basically,” the use of the word “literally” is rampant. Literally.
  • A friend said to me recently, “The reality is, at the end of the day, it is what it is.” Huh?
  • How about “orientated,” administrated,” and “preventative?” It is “oriented,” “administered,” and “preventive” even though spell check doesn’t mind them.
  • I heard this one recently and it made me laugh. Someone described a person as a “pre-Madonna” as opposed to a “prima donna.”

Pre-Madonna? (Image via RottenTomatoes.com)

So, what are your grammar pet peeves? I hope not people who rant about their pet peeves!


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