Sunday, January 11, 2009

Things That Your Mom (Or English Teacher) Should Have Taught You...

First of all, I need to give credit. The title of this post was inspired by an etiquette book, Things You Need To Be Told. These books are great and I recommend them to everyone! is CRAZY about etiquette. The night before I moved to college some friends of mine came over to say goodbye and she made us sit down and watch an etiquette video. I wish I was kidding. Although I believe that it has served me well, I was super embarrassed at the time! And I tend to agree with her that there are not enough mothers out there teaching their children proper etiquette.

The other thing that is crazy about is grammar. I'm not quite as freaky about this as she is (I still don't understand the comma rules...), but there are a few things that drive me crazy. Below you will find common mistakes that should be corrected (especially if you want to continue to have me as a friend.)

1. Irregardless is NOT a word!!! And even if it was, it is a double negative and would mean the exact opposite of what you are trying to convey.

2. The correct past tense of the verb orient is oriented, NOT orientated. If you go to an orientation, you get oriented.

3. There is NO "A" in definitely. Please do not send me an email stating that you defiantly want to do something, unless you actually plan to do it in a resistant or challenging way.

I am sure that there are more, and I may add to this list as time goes on, but this is a good start...


  1. What drives me crazy is when people tag pictures on myface and spacebook "so-and-so and I." ME people, ME!

  2. Airplane (yep, still LOVE the name), you sound heated. Have you stories to go along with these peeves? If so, can you please call and tell me...

  3. Airplane, I miss your witty banter.