Pet Peeve

One of my many pet peeves is poor spelling.  I wasn’t an English major, but I am a bit of a spelling (and grammar) Nazi.  My computer spell checks, my phone spell checks, and we have constant access to dictionary websites.  Why, then, do I constantly see people misspell the words “voluptuous” and “dominant”?  The Internet is rife with the incorrect “volumptuous” and “dominate”.  Dominate is a verb; it’s something you do.  I see it often used in the context of “I’m his submissive and he’s my dominate”.  That’s incorrect!  He’s your dominant.  That’s a noun (a person, place, or thing).  Also, because you saw “volumptuous” on the Urban Dictionary website does not make it a real word!  Are you one of those people that cites Wikipedia in your research papers, too?  I don’t recognize anything as a word until it’s added to Merriam-Webster and/or the Oxford English Dictionary.  See that red squiggly line underneath the word as you type?  That means it’s misspelled; fix it!  You’re telling the world that you somehow slipped through the cracks and graduated high school undeservedly or that you’re simply too lazy to right-click and correct the spelling error.  Come on people, step up your game!  How do you not know the difference between no, know, and now; there, they’re, and their; two, too, and to; cite, site, and sight; its and it’s; here and hear; or your and you’re?

Don’t even get me started on semicolons and the Oxford Comma!


Oddly enough, this meme is missing a comma, but it’s still funny.


4 thoughts on “Pet Peeve

  1. Oddly enough, I am actually curious to know your thoughts on the Oxford Comma.

    “whips, canes, and floggers”


    “whips, canes and floggers”

    Which makes the instruments read as more appealing? 😉

    • The Oxford Comma is used in your first example. The Oxford Comma properly separates words that you don’t want to be associated. For example: “The rough seas made the boat sway, rock, and roll.” As opposed to: “The rough seas made the boat sway, rock and roll.” Without the Oxford Comma to separate the association of the words “rock” and “roll”, the sentence takes on a different meaning.

  2. Agreed. The examples I gave were meant to illustrate the “Wait! That’s not what I meant!” effect of not employing the Oxford Comma, but it looks like they came across as too vague.

    At least I got to entertain myself with the sick idea of, “whips, canes, and then floggers” – vs – “whips, then canes and floggers simultaneously” followed closely by “Oh, my God I totally misunderst…..ouch! My bad! Holy Hell, never gonna confuse that again. Wow, my ass looks like the 4th of July. By the way, where do you keep your Advil and Arnica? I really need to find a job that lets me stand upright for the next week or two.”

    (I don’t actually expect you to post this. I just thought I’d clarify.)

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