Pet Peeves Shared by the Educated Masses
2003.1.21 - by Jasmine
1. The CORRECT use of Double Negatives
This should only be done with the utmost discretion, and should only be used in an intelligent manner sparingly! Unless you are speaking almost any other language other than English, negatives in the English language work like mathematics…when you multiply two negatives it makes a positive. For example the sentence, "I don't got none," contain two negatives. Literal translation, "I have some."
Or if you want to really twist your head around this one, "I ain't got none." Now, there are two schools of thought. First, 'Ain't' isn't a word. So, applying that theory, there isn't a problem with the use of double negatives. Instead, your problem is that you use non-existent words. Second, 'Ain't' is a word. This, of course, means that you are using double negatives and thus 'I have some.'
This type of language error is becoming more prevalent in today's mass media. I feel that the educated masses owe it to the rest of society to rail against such travesties and correct people every time you hear the use of double negatives. I feel so strongly about this particular issue. I was listening to the radio the other day, when I heard the DJ (of all people) using a double negative. I graduated college with a degree in Communications; I studied the English language, and this Bozo with an obvious IQ of 15 has a job where all he does is talk…he can't even manage that!
2. The Pronunciation of OFTEN
This is a fairly new lesson for me and wanted to share it with the rest of the world…mainly because ever since I learned it, hearing it mispronounced is like nails on a chalkboard. Phonetically spelled: OFF IN. There is no "T", people!!! You don't say SOFFT IN, when it's "soften", do you? Just remember it that way. And please pass it on to your friends and family.
3. Anyway vs. Anyways
This particular issue I am very interested in getting your feedback. I hear about 50% of the English speaking population using Anyways. Are you one of them? How do you justify its usage? I feel certain that the correct way is Anyway. Think of it this way, you don't say Anyones, unless you're referring to a possession. However, in this particular instance, we are not. Again, to hear this once you've become educated is like nails on a chalkboard…Pass it on!
This is my old project, THROWDOWN.
A group of friends and I put together this little project in 2003 as an outlet of out collective rage and anger about the
subjects that each of us cared about. I was the editor-and-chief and games writer back then.
It was a blast to do and it to be involved in a great collaborative effort using the strengths of my friends was simply amazing. I hope you have fun reading our
work as much as we had in creating it.