Grammar that irks

My two cents is more a matter of pronunciation than grammar. It’s when people pronounce “especially” as iks-Spe-shul-ee and “espresso” as iks-Spress-o. Makes my skin crawl.

What grammar/punctuation/pronunciation mistakes make your skin crawl?

Why Evolution Is True

I’m going downtown this morning for various errands, so all posts will be delayed until about 10 a.m. Chicago time. No worries, though: we will have Hili, we will have animals, and we will have a “spot the” feature. And there will be more on human sexual dimorphism as well.  In the meantime, perhaps you can fill this thread with things that bother you—or words and phrases that bother you.

Being a grammar Nazi, one of the things I don’t like to see is the use of the word “hopefully” in place of “I hope that.” Hopefully is an adverb that means “with hope”, as in “he looked at Shirley hopefully.” It is not to be used like this: “Hopefully, things will turn out for the best. Yes, I know that some dictionaries say “hopefully” can be used as “in the hope that”, but I don’t like it.  And I don’t…

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