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a brand new pet peeve

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a brand new pet peeve#0
Posted: 7/13/04 at 11:48am
I'm often annoyed by the blatant misuse of homonyms (words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings). Things like your/you're, their/there/they're...
but the most recent and most annoying one has got to be the new misuse of the contraction 've, making it of.
Would of, could of, should of. This is bothering me on some deep level I can't even explain...and what's worse, it's happening in books. At first, I thought the authors were writing it the way their characters thought of it. That can't be, though, because it's just happening way too much.
Contractions! Why are they so hard?

***Edit***
Just noticed this has been discussed in an earlier post...it's distressing to see it in "literature" (or what passes for it in our day) as opposed to a web board, though.
Updated On: 7/13/04 at 11:48 AM
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re: a brand new pet peeve#1
Posted: 7/13/04 at 11:49am
beckoz we don't learn no good english in skoolz
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re: a brand new pet peeve#2
Posted: 7/13/04 at 11:52am
or from our president. re: a brand new pet peeve I love that his wife is a literacy advocate. Charity begins at home, Mrs. Bush!
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re: a brand new pet peeve#3
Posted: 7/13/04 at 11:53am
**in sudden gospel choir mode** Amen! sing it sista!
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re: a brand new pet peeve#4
Posted: 7/13/04 at 12:16pm
As one who has directed a number of shows. My pet peeve is the actor (or someone who thinks he/she belongs on stage) will read words like don't you; won't you; can't you as:
donshoe
wonshoe
canshoe

thus leaving out the "T" altogether

My rule is "There are no SHOES in don't you, won't you, and can't you."

You can thank me now DollyPop.
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re: a brand new pet peeve#5
Posted: 7/13/04 at 12:19pm
i just like to say homonyms. Bonus-it's got homo in it.
'The Devil be hitting me!'--Whitney Houston
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re: a brand new pet peeve#6
Posted: 7/13/04 at 12:19pm
i just like to say homonyms. Bonus-it's got homo in it.
'The Devil be hitting me!'--Whitney Houston
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re: a brand new pet peeve#7
Posted: 7/13/04 at 12:22pm
Tommyboy,

I had an INCREDIBLE instructor for theatre in high school. he was a stickler for diction and we all had to have memorized tongue twisters and such... and he also made us do line readings holding a pencil between our teeth so that we had to pronounce around the pencil and still make the lines intelligible and 100% comprhendable. I worked wonders for getting you to say the words distinctly and clearly.
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re: a brand new pet peeve#8
Posted: 7/14/04 at 1:56am
Tommyboy -

Don't you remember that song from the 1970's by the soft rock group "Bread"?:

"Baby, I'm a worn shoe
Baby, I'm a neat shoe..."