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Elmer's Glue
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  • Grammar Police.
  • People who get angry when others correct grammar mistakes.
  • Hypocrites.

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Awww, I was just poking fun. [Smile] How often do you see me play grammar police?

I'll add one more:
Broken tools that take 6 weeks to get rebuilt. [Mad]

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quote:
Originally posted by Nick:
quote:
Originally posted by Cashew:
- People who use "myself" when they mean "me". e.g. 'When you've finished with it return it to myself.' (Return it to ME!!!) 'There will be Dave, Mary and myself there.' (Dave, Mary and ME!!!) Drives me nuts!

<nitpick>Dave, Mary and I.</nitpick>
[Big Grin]

I'm pretty sure "me" is correct.
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Regardless, it's awkwardly structured. "Dave, Mary and I will be there" is much better.
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Nick, you're right, it is meant to be 'I'. Thanks. I guess I got so nut-driven I didn't notice myself make the mistake [Wink]
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Yarrgh!
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quote:
Originally posted by The Rabbit:
I mean, what do you call it when you see a mass spectra with a peak at mass 27 with a slight mass deficit?

College flashback?

It's a bit like looking down a long Hall.

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People who sit a the stop sign until every one has come to a complete full stop before they're willing to take their turn. Just go already.
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I'm developing a pet peeve about people in a conference room together, with others on a conference call, who talk amongst themselves instead of addressing the entire group (which requires talking loud in the direction of the speakerphone).
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smokers who throw their cig butts out the window.
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People who sit a the stop sign until every one has come to a complete full stop before they're willing to take their turn. Just go already.
People who steal my right of way at a stop sign that I beat them to because I came to a full and complete stop and they didn't.
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HollowEarth
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quote:
Originally posted by Alcon:
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People who sit a the stop sign until every one has come to a complete full stop before they're willing to take their turn. Just go already.
People who steal my right of way at a stop sign that I beat them to because I came to a full and complete stop and they didn't.
I agree and those aren't the people I'm talking about. I'm talking about the people that wait for me to finish approaching and come to a full stop before they're willing to go, even though they're just siting there as I approach.
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I do that. It's because people don't always stop, and I'd rather way a few more seconds than get t-boned by someone who wasn't paying attention.

That probably wouldn't be you, but I don't know that until I see you actually stop.

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Thanks for slowing down the whole world Kat.
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She's not alone, I do it too.
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If it prevents a single accident in my lifetime, it is worth every other moment of slowing down. You know what really stops traffic? An accident in the middle of an intersection.
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quote:
Originally posted by scifibum:
I keep catching myself using "may" where I should be using "might". I may be somebody's pet peeve. [Wink]

Um, that's wrong? Who knew?

quote:
Originally posted by Cashew:
Nick, you're right, it is meant to be 'I'. Thanks. I guess I got so nut-driven I didn't notice myself make the mistake [Wink]

No, it's "me". Davidson's law win's again. [Wink]
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What's Davidson's law? From context I'd assume it goes like "Grammar police are bound to embarrass themselves by making grammar mistakes when attempting to correct others." Or, to make it more similar to Godwin's law, "Over time the likelihood of successive attempts to correct the grammar of others to themselves demonstrate grammatical errors approaches unity."

And is it our Davidson? [Smile]

Edit: found it.

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Originally posted by TomDavidson:
quote:

The irony is, I think everyone who posted about LK's spelling errors had at least one of their own in the post where they commented.

This is what I call "Davidson's Law," in the hopes that it will make me famous across the Net:

"Every post which is made for the express purpose of criticizing the flawed grammar and/or punctuation of a previous poster will itself contain at least one error of a similar type."

(figured I couldn't be the only one unsure about this.)

[ August 14, 2008, 03:22 PM: Message edited by: scifibum ]

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- People who start a game of Spades by going blind-nil and then drop off when they see they have the Ace of Spades.
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When, seeing me with a pregnant belly and lots of kids, people ask me:

1. Are they all yours? (no, some are kidnapped?)
and
2. Don't you know what causes that? (I'm split between a stupid look, "No, what?" or saying, "Yes, and I'm very good at it".

Ditto above, except when my husband's with me too, and complete strangers tell him to "get fixed". (when clearly nothing's broken [Wink] )

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That is too funny, Sachiko. [Smile] Though I find I kind of like showing up at the neighborhood pool with a bunch of kids (especially my neighbor's daughters, who match our family in coloring and are stair-stepped with my boys, and Wee Boy's friends from down the street who are adorably multi-ethnic). I suppose I have come to enjoy keeping people guessing (after some years of doing it by accident).

The best is probably when I take my kids and their gaggle of cousins somewhere, because they all look like me. Also, my nieces and nephews all think I'm much cooler than my kids think I am. [Big Grin]

I think my kid-related pet peeve is when people talk down to me because they see me with kids. Like I would not possibly have had children if I'd had enough brains to have other options.

Makes me want to knee-cap 'em. Grr.

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That is really funny. We have four and get that a lot. People have asked if we are Catholic. Another asked if we had cable. We said, "yes and we have Cinemax too."
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I tried to keep Peeves as a pet, but that pesky poltergeist would have none of it.
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Mike
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I tried to pet Peeves once, but... never mind.
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I used to have a pet, Peeve, but he got into a fight with the neighbor's bęte, Noir.
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quote:
Originally posted by lobo:
smokers who throw their cig butts out the window.

Smokers in general. I know they can't help being addicted but. . . just stop killing yourself slowly! [Wall Bash]
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Cashew
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Quoting Mike:
No, it's "me". Davidson's law win's again.
Unquote

It's actually "I". The rule as I was taught it is that if you are saying, "Dave, Mary and I will be there" the "I" or "me" is decided by leaving out Dave and Mary, so leaving "I will be there". You don't say "Me will be there", therefore you don't say, "Dave, Mary and me will be there."

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-Forgetting how tall I am, jumping, and hitting my head on a doorframe.
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quote:
It's actually "I". The rule as I was taught it is that if you are saying, "Dave, Mary and I will be there" the "I" or "me" is decided by leaving out Dave and Mary, so leaving "I will be there". You don't say "Me will be there", therefore you don't say, "Dave, Mary and me will be there."
True, but that wasn't the original sentence. The original sentence was,
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'There will be Dave, Mary and myself there.'
In which case, "Dave, Mary and me" would be correct. You don't say "Me will be there," but you would say "There will be me there."

(Or, actually, you wouldn't, because it's an awkward sentence. But if you did, "me" is correct.)

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Why would "there will be me" be correct?
"It is I" is grammatically correct, for example. Why would changing the tense change the object?

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Perhaps because the construction in "It is I" is an exception to the rule? Maybe the "I" in "It is I" is not actually an object at all, but a second subject. Also, tense is not the only difference between the two sentences: one wouldn't say "There is I", but one might say "There is me".
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quote:
Originally posted by TomDavidson:
Why would "there will be me" be correct?
"It is I" is grammatically correct, for example. Why would changing the tense change the object?

Both "I" and "me" are grammatically correct after a copula verb. They've both been standard for hundreds of years now. The difference is one of register, not grammatical correctness.
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-You

-People who think they are more important than whatever book I'm reading

-people who steal other peoples nicknames

-People who dont understand me when I speak in fragmented sentences

-Pills (just give me liquid, or a shot gawsh-dang)

-medicine (we survived as a species so far!)

-people who say L-O-L instead of lawl or O-M-G instead of awmg.

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Mike
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You say "awmg"? That's awesome.
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I say "I just ell-oh-elled out loud".
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-The saying "Darkest before dawn"

Wouldn't the brightest time of night be directly after sunset and before dawn? If we accept that it really is darkest before dawn, then we could just as easily say that day is brightest before sunset, and that spring follows summer(Both of which are two, but not at the normally assumed timeframe)

(This is not to make light of the ongoing thread called "darkest before dawn" but it reminded me that I dislike that axiom..idiom?)

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It IS brightest before sunset. You get that wonderful golden glow only right before sunset.
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It is darkest before dawn, just not right before. But, sometime before dawn, you can bet that there was a time when it was darkest.
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  • Rorschach ink blots. I mean, who do they think they are???

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Whatever anybody else wants them to be, I guess...
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  • People who come out of a department store and walk diagonally across the road.

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People who come out of a doorway and turn in one direction while looking in the other...
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  • People who come out of a store or down an escalator and stop where they are while getting their bearings or greeting someone, heedless of the fact that there are people behind them who'd also like to walk out of the store or get off the escalator. The escalator thing isn't just annoying, it's unsafe.
  • People who are oblivious to their surroundings, especially in lines or in traffic. This is sometimes aggravated by cell phones, but not always.

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quote:
Originally posted by maui babe:
  • People who come out of a store or down an escalator and stop where they are while getting their bearings or greeting someone, heedless of the fact that there are people behind them who'd also like to walk out of the store or get off the escalator. The escalator thing isn't just annoying, it's unsafe.

I wonder if escalators are equipped with sensors to detect when too many people are standing in the landing area (by weight, for example) and shut down. If not, this could get REALLY dangerous as the escalator forces people into the backs of others who might not be able to move forward for some reason.
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  • Bulleted lists of only one item.

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quote:
Originally posted by Jon Boy:
  • Bulleted lists of only one item.

Wow, looking at that actually causes pain.

My pet peeve is the opposite of what was stated above. I hate it when people have the right of way at a stop sign, and then try to wave me through. Just go already! You only confuse people if you try to alter the rules behind right of way. Just observe the system, it's perfect, don't try to second guess it!

Little dogs with inferiority complexes also must leave.

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quote:
Originally posted by BlackBlade:

My pet peeve is the opposite of what was stated above. I hate it when people have the right of way at a stop sign, and then try to wave me through. Just go already! You only confuse people if you try to alter the rules behind right of way. Just observe the system, it's perfect, don't try to second guess it!


I'm with you on this. I've come to believe that people just don't know the rules of the road, so they think they're supposed to let everyone else go first. Or to let people turn left on a 2 way street. What amazes me are the drivers who try to wave you on when there are 2 other lanes of traffic (all obeying the rules of the road) keeping me from turning left, but they waive their right of way and think that's gonna let me go ahead? They think they're being polite, but they're just making a mess.
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Yeahhh and inciting a crash. as a matter of fact, the only crash I was in was basically this situation...

I was naive, and didn't realize anyone would be driving down the turn-off apron for the place I was trying to turn into... grr people who try to cut the line waiting at a red light by going in a lane otherwise not meant for you do drive in...

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Also, people who refuse to get in the right lane when they know they need to exit when there's a long line of cars waiting to exit and they just stay in the left lane then try to "cut" in line.
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People who call you "boss" when you're their customer. Like the pea brain that works at the closest fast food place. "Here you go boss." I frankly don't know why I ever go there. I'm always angry when I leave. (They're also the most incompetently managed place imaginable. I've worked in fast food and other customer service jobs and no one there has the slightest understanding of how to keep things moving or how to handle a crowd. I guess this parenthetical also qualifies as a pet peeve.) (It frankly makes me more annoyed that I allows crap like this to bother me enough that I'm actually angry.) (Queue the post claiming to find long content rich parentheticals annoying!)
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