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How Normal Are Your Grammar Gripes?

Are you more grammar police or vocab maverick?

Are your language-related pet peeves universal, or is it just you? Take the poll and find out!

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  1. Let's get started: What are your feelings on the word whom?

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Let's get started: What are your feelings on the word whom?
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    Simple β€” it's the objective case of who and it should be used as such.
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    Can we ban whom? It sounds as old-fashioned as thou and ye.
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    I might not always use it correctly, but it's all right, I guess.
  1. How about the word irregardless?

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How about the word irregardless?
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    Word? No. This is not a word.
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    Sure β€” it's in the dictionary, after all.
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    I wouldn't use it myself, but it doesn't bug me too much.
  1. When you're shortening until, do you spell it till or ’til?

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When you're shortening until, do you spell it till or ’til?
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    Definitely till β€” that apostrophe is too old-fashioned.
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    Definitely ’til β€” it's an abbreviation for until, which has one L.
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    I just keep it simple and say til.
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    Um...can we just end this debate and stick with until?
  1. And is it Internet or internet?

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And is it Internet or internet?
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    Capitalized for sure β€” it's a proper name for a specific network.
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    Lowercase β€” it's been around long enough to be treated as a common noun.
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    Doesn't really matter to me β€” people will know what you mean either way.
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  1. If someone said "I need to lay low for a while," how would you feel?

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If someone said "I need to lay low for a while," how would you feel?
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    Bad β€” it should be "lie low."
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    Good β€” "lay low" is normal and everyone says it that way.
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    I've got more important grammar gripes tbh.
  1. What about when people say "literally" but they actually mean "figuratively"?

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What about when people say "literally" but they actually mean "figuratively"?
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    Nooooo, the dictionary exists for a reason!
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    No problem! It's literally everywhere β€” get used to it.
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    It may be a little overused, but it's not a disaster or anything.
  1. Do each other and one another mean different things?

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Do each other and one another mean different things?
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    Definitely β€” each other is for two people, and one another is for more than two.
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    What are you talking about? They are totally interchangeable.
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    I know they're different, but I'm not real concerned about it.
  1. Is it coworker or co-worker?

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Is it coworker or co-worker?
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    Coworker β€” the hyphen is an unnecessary distraction.
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    Co-worker, because there are no cows involved (probably).
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    It's all the same to me!
  1. Let's talk possessives for a moment: How do you make a proper name ending with S possessive?

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Let's talk possessives for a moment: How do you make a proper name ending with S possessive?
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    Use only an apostrophe in all cases β€” e.g., "Katniss' bow."
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    Use apostrophe + S in all cases β€” e.g., "Katniss's bow."
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    Whatever looks best, I guess?
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    I actually have a more complicated rule for this, which I will share in the comments.
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  1. Please describe your feelings about this sentence: "I wish I was a little bit taller."

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Please describe your feelings about this sentence: "I wish I was a little bit taller."
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    It's wrong β€” it should be "I wish I were a little bit taller." #SaveTheSubjunctiveMood
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    Makes perfect sense to me β€” no real need for the subjunctive mood here, imho.
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    My biggest concern is that this song is stuck in my head now.
  1. And how do you feel about the singular they (e.g., "Someone parked their car in my spot")?

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And how do you feel about the singular they (e.g., "Someone parked their car in my spot")?
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    Ugh, it's just incorrect. Why not just say "he or she" or reword the sentence?
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    Love it! It's concise, it's inclusive, and it's been around for centuries.
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    No strong feelings on this one.
  1. Do you spell it doughnut or donut?

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Do you spell it doughnut or donut?
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    Clearly it's doughnut. It's made of dough, not do.
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    Definitely donut. Short and sweet!
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    Honestly, not real picky as long as I get to eat one.
  1. Here's a controversial one: How do you pronounce GIF?

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Here's a controversial one: How do you pronounce GIF?
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    Hard G β€” the G stands for graphics, not giraphics.
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    Soft G β€” that's how the inventor of the GIF pronounces it, so it must be right.
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    I'm not real particular β€” you can even pronounce it G.I.F. if you want.
  1. And the question you've been waiting for: Do you use the Oxford comma (aka serial comma)?

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And the question you've been waiting for: Do you use the Oxford comma (aka serial comma)?
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    Yes β€” it's much cleaner and avoids ambiguity that way!
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    No β€” it's much cleaner and avoids ambiguity that way!
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    As long as the sentence makes sense, I don't really have a preference.

Finally, any thoughts on this sentence?

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    AUGHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO