As a general rule, fewer is used with things you can count (fewer meetings, fewer people), whereas less is used with things you cannot count (less time, less money). The same difference applies to the use of fewer than and less than: fewer than twenty people, less than an hour. Designations of price, age, and measurement are normally regarded as singular, the idea being that, for example, it cost less than ten dollars has to do with an amount of money rather than a number of individual dollars. The use of less where the sense of countable number is strong (you may use the express lane if you have less than eight items) is relatively common, though many object to it.
Lately, my biggest pet peeve is people who do not push their chair in after using it.
** I hate the word "Pet Peeve" what the heck does THAT mean?
**When the mayor, city manager, or your director have a meeting with the applicants of your project, and don't tell you about it. :-@ :-@
**I also hate it when the local network TV stations refer to sitcoms with the name of the news cast.
"CSI: Miami, tuesdays at nine, on News4..."
Just say tuesdays on Channel 4.
** We had a secretary for a couple months last summer. She would always be on the phone with personal calls. When people would come to the counter with a question, instead of hanging up and helping them I would get a knock on my cubicle wall. :-@
**Also I hate it when the Planner on Call becomes the closest planner (i.e. ME) instead of the planner assigned. I mean we pick days based on work load. If I am not On Call, that means I have lots of work, or lots of Cyburbia time (Hey, I'm not kidding anyone, I'm almost in teh Clube)
Men who leave the toilet seat up in the unisex bathroom at the office, especially if they missed the mark.
I wanna yell at them, it's dirty because you p*ss all over it AND don't clean it.
Oh don't even get me started on bearcats:-@. Regular bearcats are bad enough, but those socially insensitive ones are always the worst!
[ot]How are bearcats categorized under Linnean classification? They are mammals I assume?[/ot]
Michaelskis said:I will add to my list F&*#ing grammar Nazis who feel it is their duty to point out everyone’s errors instead of kindly going in to change it for their friend.
-What will get me going most is anyone, especially someone running a business, government agency or any other similar thing whom should know better, putting apostrophie's into their plural's. I'll go right on by if I see that in their advertising or literature - WHAT ON EARTH DO WE PAY SCHOOL TAXES FOR, ANYWAY??? :-@ :-@Let me add a new peeve: catch phrases
"Context sensitive design"
These practices should be common sense. Putting a name on them is not going to bring the others around to your/our camp. How does one "train" an engineer not to ram a five-lane arterial through the middle of a historic village?
Also, referencing them in a plan does not equal implementation or even intent, it's just a bunch of BS.
"The Village of Yurtsville strives to create a diverse and sustainable community with lots of social equity and choice for all through the implementation of carbon neutral context sensitive design." That'll be $30,000 please.
That is actually spelling, not grammar.
My pet language peeves are most often perpetrated by native speakers. These include using an apostrophe-s to pluralize words ("There are many car's on the road"), improper use of contractions ("You're car is adding to road congestion", "Your going to a seminar on traffic congestion next month") and random capitalization ("There are Many cars on the road, and Your car is just Making congestion Worse.")
I have the same problems with people misusing the apostrophe in 'its vs it's'. It is an exception to the 'possessive = apostrophe' rule - 'its' is the possessive while 'it's' is a contraction of 'it is'.Yes! I had a boss who followed all of these practices, and I had to constantly review and correct everything he wrote.
My personal favorite language peeve: Adding an apostrophe to a possessive pronoun ("The cardinal lost some of it's feathers"). What's particularly annoying is that this error is increasingly prevalent in newspapers and other publications where a higher standard should apply. I found multiple instances of "it's" instead of "its" in a new museum exhibit yesterday. It's probably a losing battle, but it drives me crazy.
Those drivers that DO NOT use their turn signals to indicate that they are making either a turn or a lane change. :-@