Want to drive me totally nuts? It’s easy! Run your fingernails down a blackboard–or commit any of the following grammar sins. You might not hear me say anything, but I’ll bet you hear my teeth grinding!
- “Another words.” I hear this often now, in place of the actual idiom, “In other words.” Don’t know why this is.
- “At this point in time.”
Of COURSE it’s in time! What other media (or “mediums”) do we operate in except space and time?!? Jello???
“At this point” says it all.
- I’ve already done a riff on the abuse of “me,” replacing it with “I” to sound “educated.” Don’t be fooled. “Me” is a perfectly acceptable pronoun when used as an object, not as the subject of a sentence. ‘Nuff said.
- Here’s one of my favorites, as doctors have been known to fall into this pit: “preventation.” Is the root verb “preventate?” No. It’s “prevent.” Hence, “prevention.” Pure and simple. Don’t get crazy: keep it simple.
If you want to go back to the 17th century (the last time “preventation” was used), you’ll have to resurrect the pronoun “Thou,” and all its verb conjugations. Not fun.
Got any more crazy usages that drive you nuts? Add your comments and I’ll riff on those too!