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I never claim to be a master of the English language, but I feel like certain words/phrases shouldn’t be misused or pronounced incorrectly. Call me a snob if you will, but that can be so unattractive and make you look silly, all at once. I don’t harp on typos and such, but some words just set me off. Jada. So the good folks at SBM, along with yours truly, want to point out a few words that when misused, misspelled, or mispronounced, drive me 4loko!!
Now, suppoSEDly people know the correct spelling but just pronounce it wrong. It isn’t that annoying, but I have friends know people who dead-ass believe this word to exist! I understand that the suffix “bly” is used for words like horribly, but suppose does not utilize it, instead using dly. Even pronouncing it fast doesn’t make it inexcusable.
Their vs there vs they’re
Ahh the classic #Fail and bane of all of our language arts existence. If you were a nerd scholar like myself, you got this quick and were able to apply it well. For many of us, we get lazy when writing and typing and use “there” as a default for all three. This is more of an annoyance written then pronounced because you should jump off a high cliff if you can’t pronounce it. When reading blogs, news articles, review notes, etc, to see there, knowing it should be the contraction of they are or “their” pisses me off because it can make the smartest individual seem illiterate or careless. “Their” always upset me as a kid because it was the one that I KanyeShrugged, seeing no purpose. However, it you are chatting, blogging, typing, or reporting, please differentiate accordingly. Reading is FUNdamental after all right?
I had exes who would always bitch bring up how ValenTIMES Day was important to them. As you know, I don’t care for that holiday, and I think one reason is because I HATE that people say “ValenTIMES Day”. Valentimes. Shyts disgusting B. I mean, was St Valentine going by “time” as his tag name in the hood? Am I missing something? Son who rapped on “Deuces” (Was it Tyga?), perpetuated this nonsense even further, confirming that it’s not isolated. T-Shirt Time > Valentimes Day.
Loose vs Lose
You won’t find many more annoying mistypes than this one. I see this one EVERYWHERE! Now, I don’t think people realize that typing “loose” is incorrect 95% of the time that it’s used. For example:
“When Mike Vick was assassinating the Deadskins, they were bound to loose.”
” 4Loko is banned in NYC, damn I’m loosing right now!”
Those are incorrect! Loose is the opposite of tight. Lose is the opposite of win. Their pronunciation is even different! At times, I feel like God with an extra O, and don’t like to loose with one less O. Overstand.
Worse vs Worst
OK I lied. There is a more annoying error. This one bothers me more than loose, because not only is it improper usage, it’s a total disregard for tense. To differentiate:
Worse = a progression from bad
Worst = as bad as it can get; a progression from worse
So when someone tweets “Damn, I sprained my ankle last week and it’s getting WORST“, it makes me cringe! We MUST do better!
I almost ended friendships with every Caribbean/Latin American friend I have over this word. What.The.FCUK.Is.A.SANGWICH?!!!!! Does the shyt perform Karaoke? Seriously, its a SANDWICH, it doesn’t sing sh*t! This has to be my biggest pet peeve of mispronounced/bastardized words. Don’t try to G me with the accent swindle either, there’s no excuse!!
I’ve fulfilled my quota for one uppity post per year. Now I know there’s some grammatical/pronunciation feaux pas that grind your gears. What are they?