Today in pet peeves

Why can’t we all just get along? Getting along would be so much easier if you simply used the correct words to describe your item, issue, appliance, whatever. I’m a pretty laid-back person (why is my husband laughing?) and can let a lot of things slide (no, seriously, stop laughing!), but while you may think you’ve gotten away with your misuse of the English language, I’m secretly ridiculing you in my head. If you happen to be on television (I feel like sportscasters are the worst culprits), I’m ridiculing you out loud.grammar

Seriously, folks, that appliance in your closet is a water heater. If it were a “hot water heater,” as you insist on calling it, it would be pretty useless, wouldn’t it? I mean, if the water’s already hot, it doesn’t need to be heated.

Since it’s very cold back home – in the single to low double-digits for the past few weeks – I’ve heard a few people mention that their pipes are frozen. Which totally sucks. I have some trouble feeling sympathy, however, when they announce they need to “unthaw” said pipes. Um, Mother Nature already did that. If you want the pipes to be functional, you might want to consider thawing them. Unthaw=unfreeze. Neither is a Thing.

This one has picked up steam in the past few years. I have no idea where it came from, or why so many otherwise intelligent people have picked up on it: “also too.” You know those words mean the same thing, right? It’s rather like a double negative – if you use them both, they cancel each other out.

Sell and sale have also been used in interesting ways. I’ve only noticed in the past three or four years (since more people are using Facebook, maybe?) that these have been misused, but what interests me even more is when each is used in place of the other. “I have a book for sell, how much do you think I should sale it for?” Must. Stop. Grinding. Teeth.grammar3

Hubby and I often use this one ironically. Made popular by people who make up words and use them on television, but not remotely correct: agreeance. “We’re all in agreeance on this issue.” The word is agreement. “We’re all in agreement,” or “we all agree.” Rule of thumb: if it sounds silly, try again.

I could go on all day, but you’ve already stopped reading, so what would be the point? I’d like to leave you with this: “You’ve got another thing coming.” In the mail, or will it be hand-delivered? The proper phrasing is “You’ve got another think coming.” I know think sounds silly, but let’s use it in a sentence. “If you think you’re leaving the house in that skirt,  you’ve got another think coming!” As in, “think again.” Let’s try it this way: “If you think you’re leaving the house in that skirt, you’ve got another thing coming!” What other thing? Another skirt? Is there a monster on its way to our house? No. Think.

Honorable mentions:

Alot: Thanks alot, Merriam-Webster. Just because a bunch of people misspell a lot (and do so frequently) doesn’t mean you should put it in the dictionary!grammar2

Everyday: Makeup is an everyday item that I use every day.

Free gift: What gift isn’t free?

First annual: I like the optimism, but no. If it’s only happened once, it’s not annual.

Irregardless: Save yourself a syllable and say “regardless!”

Funner, funnest: more fun, most fun.

Ensure/insure: Ensure = make sure. Insure = what you do to a car, so if you get into an accident, the insurance company will pay for a portion of the repair costs.

Mute/moot: “It’s a mute point.” No, it’s not. It’s a moot point. Say it with me: moooo (like what the cow says) t. Moot.

Coach up: So, coach? Coach especially emphatically?

Incidences: (I think you mean incidents).

Expresso, expecially, excape. Say it with me: Essssss. Esssss.grammar4

Acrossed (or is it spelled acrost?): There’s no T in across.

Adverse/averse: A bad thing happened; there were adverse consequences. I don’t like bees; I’m averse to the pain of being stung.

What grammar/language/punctuation/spelling errors drive you bonkers? There are so many I’ve left out, I’m sure you have some thoughts, so, spill! (seriously, did she just write “spill?”).

Lights in an alley

These lights hanging above an alley in Providence, RI, caught my eye, and then my lens, as well. I also love the light reflected on the building in the background.

Ice skates

Close-up of a father and daughter’s skates Saturday morning at Boston’s Frog Pond.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved

The photo challenge this week is to post a photo of our new year’s resolution, or something we’d like to get better at this year. I don’t typically make resolutions, but since I moved east just over a year ago, I’ve noticed many birds that are colorful, and unlike birds we see commonly in the west. I’ve tried shooting them, but have struggled, because birds aren’t typically likely to pose for photos. Today, after capturing this shot of a blue jay in the Boston Common, I am more determined than ever to get quality shots of cardinals and blue jays this year!


Travel theme: Multiples

When I first saw the theme of this week’s challenge, I didn’t think I had any appropriate photos. Enjoyed searching through the recent archive, and found a few I do think apply.


Multiple Ecuadorian sailors, and multiple sails on this Tall Ship making its way into Boston Harbor last summer.


Flowers as big as dinner plates.


Ten baby ducks. That momma deserves a medal!

Stop by and check out Ailsa’s page to see other bloggers’ takes on the theme, and while you’re there, read a bit about her travels!