Language (General)

I’m a Pedantic, Pretentious Bitch

There. I said it. Vocabulary mix ups and grammar slips drive me insane. Not necessarily in conversation. You can’t be expected to speak with absolute perfection in an off the cuff chat.

I do have problems with misuse of words on sites were someone is supposedly being proofread. Over the last few years I’ve noticed that loath and loathe are constantly mixed up. And I loathe it. Of course, I am loath to complain because I mess things up all the time. I am far from being a writer. I just let my fingers fly. But this error in particular is getting on my last nerve. Mainly because it makes me doubt myself. Every.damn.time.

Seriously. I see some one write “I loath peas. I have never been able to eat them.” and my eye starts to twitch. Then I start to doubt my very knowledge of the two words. I will google “loath vs loathe” and breathe a sigh of relief. Whew. I *do* still know the difference. Still, why is the error being made so often? Or do I just notice it more?

And why am a such a judgemental bitch about it?

Tune in next time for rein vs reign (and my embarrassment at discovering I made the mistake!)

Note: You can bet your sweet bippy I tried to proofread this post. But we all know what happens when you are proofreading your own work, right? Oh, and karma is a judgemental bitch too, so I’m watching out for her 🙂

14 thoughts on “I’m a Pedantic, Pretentious Bitch”

  1. It’s not just me! Some common ones that I see ALL THE TIME are lose vs. loose and affect vs effect… drives me crazy! And don’t get me started on the to/two/too, there/their/they’re, your/you’re drama.

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    1. And I get that spellcheck doesn’t really pick up on usage, that’s why I try so hard to proofread carefully. (note I said try.)

      Maybe if I had a little more confidence it wouldn’t bother me as much, but errors like that really make me question everything I ever learned.


  2. I spot errors in other people’s writing all the time but I think I am worse than most at spotting my own!
    I’m really bad when it comes to social media. I can barely resist typing a comment to correct spelling, grammar and word usage sometimes, lol.

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    1. And I really try not to be this way. I’m kind of ok in comments. I know I just sort of type and go (and phone + autocorrect = trouble) but I saw the loath/loathe mistake on a major news site and it was an article not “breaking” news (I cut slack on that too.) This was a polished, presumably edited and proofed piece.


  3. Guilty of the grammar errors. Truth is most of the time it is some form of dyslexia in my fingertips because I do know the difference and I do know how to spell. However, thinking and typing out my thoughts as I go like for reviews is what gets me into trouble and of course spell check is no help. 🙂


    1. I’m fairly patient with spelling for some reason. And really it doesn’t seem to bother me as much with bloggers. It’s major news outlets that have no excuse.


  4. I think all of us are guilty of grammar and spelling errors. When I was writing articles, I’d have hubby proof read for me and he’d catch so many of them that I never saw. #getsocial17

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  5. Ahh some drive me crazy. And I’m sure I do others. I read a blurb today and they put (he was her) confident instead of confidant. Aaaaaaand. I’m out. Seriously? Can’t even get the blurb right so no way I’m going to pay for the book. Breath and breathe for me, too. lol I’m more forgiving if it’s a social thing vs a paid thing but can still make my eye twitch, too.


    1. Exactly. If I’m paying for it, my eye better not be twitching. I don’t have a degree higher than a bachelor’s and it’s not in writing or English or journalism so if I know these differences some EDITOR should. (See? Pedantic and pretentious.)


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