Jan 21, 2013

Grammar & Writing Pet Peeves – What Are Yours?

A quick Google search for “grammar pet peeves” dredges up scads of blog posts, online rants and witty images.

And given the increasingly casual usage seen in all manner of e-messages – from texts to emails to posts on social networks – it appears that grammarians will have abundant fodder to critique, bemoan and rail against for years to come.

In addition to the most common crimes against grammar, such as misuse of apostrophes and confusion between your/you’re and their/there/they’re, what are your pet peeves?

As brands churn out ever more content, and as more and more of our employees represent our organizations in social channels, what sort of grammar and writing challenges are surfacing?   We want to see industry jargon gone bad and grammar gone asunder.    We’re building a new list of pet peeves, and we want to know what bugs you.

Author’s note:  We snickered ourselves silly at the grammar-themed buttons, stamps and magnets on FishcakesOBoy Etsy shop, images of which (including links to the products) are embedded in this post.   More hilarity ensues on the shop site.  Any writer, PR pro or teacher will enjoy a quick visit to that site. 

Author Sarah Skerik is PR Newswire’s vice president of social media.






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