There are few things that get to me more than hearing people pronounce words incorrectly or use them the wrong way. My biggest pet peeve in the world is the infamous use of the word ‘at’ and ‘to’.
Why in God’s creation, do people have to put ‘at’ or ‘to’ at the end of a sentence? You know what I’m talking about. You’ve all heard it.
“Where’s it at?”
“Where are you going to?”
Hearing these two sentences or any derivative of them makes my skin crawl. Little hint folks: the word ‘where’ implies ‘at’ and ‘to’, so you don’t have to dangle your participles, ok?
The next thing that irks me beyond all reason is mispronouncing words. How many times has someone come up to you and said:
“Would you mind taking my pitcher?” and they hand you their camera?
Um, hello. It’s not a ‘pitcher’ peeps, it’s a picture. A pitcher is something you drink out of, so unless you’re offering me your giant container of frozen margaritas, please try to enunciate correctly.
I had someone say to me the other day, “Jen, can I ax you a question?”
Um, no. You can ASK me a question. I mean why do you want to chop up/get rid of a question by saying you want to ax it?
And don’t even get me started on the “Where it be?” and “Who it is?” Every time I hear that, I feel like I’m going to melt into a giant puddle like the wicked which, I mean witch, of the west.
Oh, and one more thing:
You don’t pronounce the ‘l’ in salmon!
What irks you the most about the way people speak? Come on. Tell me. I wanna know.
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