This goes out to all the people I associate with regularly who have sloppy habits. You’re my friends, but please – it’s important. Ok?
First up: WEIRD, not wierd, people. This should not be difficult!
Oh, and while we’re at it: pronunciation. There’s no extra “o” in there. So please, never say that word “pronounciation”, because it doesn’t exist. Yes, I know it’s different from the word it’s derived from, and I agree the irony is just… delicious, but it’s horribly annoying.
Another pet peeve at the moment is inappropriate use of less/fewer. Less is for a singular thing, fewer is for a plural – yes, you can have less cheese; but you can’t have less hedgehogs. It even sounds wrong!
I’m not even going to get into there/their/they’re, or itsos (I’m still not sure about that term – yes, its form displays the kinship with “typo” – but it’s not a similar shortening of “itsographical error”, so I can’t help but feel a twinge of distaste), or the Greengrocer’s Apostrophe.
Finally. “Wondering” means you’re thinking, not perambulating. Please stop using it that way in conversations. Phrases such as “I was wondering about” just leave me hanging, expecting an object to pop up any moment…
I’m sure our relationship will be much better when I’m not cringing during our conversations.