Years ago on my old blog, I went on a little rant one day. I was in a mood, and I had seen a comment on facebook that really set me off, and I shared my frustrations on my blog.
It prompted a ton of hilarious comments, and I thought I would share my outburst here for your enjoyment:
As you are all aware, I am a homeschool mom. I have to share that I have a “pet peeve.”
I read lots of e-mails, messages, articles and such every day. Can I tell you that there is little that drives me more nuts than someone talking about…
…there trip to the store and how they had to drag there kids with them and blah, blah, blah…
Okay, that is actually two pet peeves.
First of all, it is very annoying when people complain all the time. If you are a complainer, a whiner, or a generally unpleasant person, I’m not going to want to read things that you write. We all have our own troubles and stresses…reading about yours doesn’t enrich my life. Sorry. (And yes, I see the irony in the fact that I am complaining here!)
But I digress, because that wasn’t the real pet peeve that I was focusing on here. It is this.
Please know the difference between the following:
It drives me bonkers when I see these words being interchanged as though they are the same word. Just because something sounds the same, doesn’t indicate that they MEAN the same thing. (Now I’m not talking about typos, everyone has those. I mean blatantly using the wrong word.)
UGH!!! Let’s expand on that.
“except” and “accept” – sound alike, don’t mean the same thing.
“sew,” “sow,” and “so” – sound alike, don’t mean the same thing.
Here’s another one…. “sell” and “sale” — quit saying you want to sale something. One is a noun, one is a verb.
Or how about “quit” and “quite”?
“write” and “right”?
“no” and “know”?
Okay I have to stop, because I could go on all day.
Back to There-They’re-Their
When I was in high school, I had a specific incident involving one of these words that must have scarred me for life. (Scarred people, not scared …another one of those NOT interchangeable sets of words!)
This occurred in either 10th grade or 12th grade, because I remember who my teacher was at the time, and I had Mrs. Johnson for both years.
I was called upon to write something on the chalkboard. (Remember chalkboards?)
It included the word “THEIR.” I wrote it: T – H – E – I – R
Then I sat back down in my desk. The class proceeded to tease me because I couldn’t spell t-h-i-e-r.
It’s “I before E except after C, hahahahahahaha!”
I looked around at people like they were the dummies, and said, “Look it up in the dictionary, it’s t-h-e-i-r.” Then I looked at my teacher, waiting for her to back me up. She would correct the class, and inform THEM of their error, stating the obvious that there are “exceptions” to the rule. Right?
Mrs. Johnson didn’t say a thing. She just went about the lesson.
I was mortified. I just looked at my teacher in disbelief.
Ever since, I am a habitual proofreader. I proof read everything. I can’t help it. I even mark books when I find errors and correct them. In ink. I about go into fits when I read a newspaper article with blatant “used the wrong word” errors. It sends me into orbit. And if I see an error on my own website, I can’t possibly get into the editor fast enough! So please, from this homeschool mom….please use the word you mean, not the word that simply sounds or looks like the word you mean.
Please, I beg you!
My sanity depends on it.
Thank you for your understanding.
What are your spelling or grammatical pet peeves?
This week’s homeschool carnival:
- 10 Things I Want to Tell My Daughters About Fifty Shades of Grey from Royal Little Lambs
- Free Valentine’s Day Fun Pack from Year Round Homeschooling
- Hands-on Science: Earth and Beyond ~ Cloud Watch from Year Round Homeschooling
- Homeschool moms do not (need to) know everything from Dewey’s Treehouse
- Trees in Art from The End in Mind
- Letting Go of the Homeschool Language Arts Stranglehold from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
- Listen to Your Heart. from Rediscovered Families
- iHomeschool Studio Is Here! from Classically Homeschooling
- One Mom’s Shocking Homeschool Confession from Joy in the Journey
- A Day in Our Homeschool Life ~ Wednesday from Meghan Carver
- Finger Knitting Headband from The Sunny Patch
- Yes, I’m Sleep Deprived-So What? Part 2 from Gently Joy Homemaker
- Why Do You Homeschool? 43 Reasons from the WUHS Readers from Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers
- A little update on Baby Bop – from Why Homeschool
- Subtracting Negative Numbers from Petticoat Government
- Utilizing the Information Superhighway in our Homeschool from Home*School*Home
- Horses – Outdoor Hour Challenge from Harvest Moon by Hand
- World War II Authors for Teens from Journey and Destination
- Your Local Public Library from Tea Time with Annie Kate
- 10 Favorite Homeschooling Websites from 7 Sisters Homeschool
- Gramdma Moses Style Art from Learning Curve
- Reflections of a Homeschool Graduate from Journey and Destination.
- DIY Giant Periodic Table of Elements from Solatratiamom
- Teaching the Standard Algorithms from Let’s Play Math
The links above were submitted by their owners for the current Carnival of Homeschooling. Each has their own voice, and isn’t necessarily a reflection of my personal views or opinions.