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Pathetic Peeves - Confess Yours
« on: June 14, 2018, 03:51:11 PM »
On the whole, I don't mind typos in the books I'm reading. Typos happen, is my philosophy. Except for one. If a character is vomiting and they're described as "wretching" my brain explodes. Lose the W!

Okay, so what's your ridiculously tiny, nagging irritant - and I'm talking books, people! Don't tell me about your neighbours ;)

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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2018, 03:54:45 PM »
Anyone using "vagina" when they mean "vulva". "Her skirt was so short, I could see her vagina." Unless you have x-ray vision or a speculum, no you couldn't.

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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2018, 04:23:56 PM »
I have a hundred, all usage errors. "Less" when "fewer" is correct is probably most grating, for some reason.

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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2018, 04:45:47 PM »
Oh, there's so many, it's hard to pick just one. But I will say, the first 'would of', 'could of', or 'should of', and I'm out. Forever.
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Re: Pathetic Peeves - Confess Yours
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2018, 04:52:23 PM »
I have one that drives me mad, not in books but in book marketing. I've seen a few courses advertised as a NINJA guide to marketing which makes no sense at all. The key point about ninja is that they are furtive. The less visibility, the better. So a ninja course is going to teach me to give my books less visibility?

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« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2018, 05:15:18 PM »
Oh, these are good! and now I'm going to have new peeves, thinking of these.

On the could of, would of, should of thing - my Year 5 teacher cured us all of that by shaming us when we tried to spell out a sentence like "I could of done it." Ha! "could HAVE". Thank you, Mrs J.

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« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2018, 05:49:25 PM »
"I could care less" always bugs me, since it implies the opposite of what the speaker (or writer) intends.

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« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2018, 06:25:34 PM »
"I could care less" always bugs me, since it implies the opposite of what the speaker (or writer) intends.

Ugh, that is my biggest pet peeve too  ???

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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2018, 06:33:24 PM »
"Literally" everything. Literally. :P


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« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2018, 06:45:39 PM »
This may be too vague, but one of my pet peeves in books is the Lucky Coincidence.*  A character suddenly falls over on the street?  A passerby "just happens" to be a cardiac surgeon.  The MC needs to chase some bad guys who are getting away?  There "just happens" to be a car nearby that either "just happens" to have the keys inside, or the MC "just happens" to know how to hotwire.  (Because, doesn't everyone??)  Characters owning or having access to exactly the one thing they need at that crucial moment--usually not run-of-the-mill things, either.  Sorry I can't think of specific examples at the moment.  At least, not in books.  But the * in the first sentence is to denote that this peeve applies to TV as well.  In fact, the whole movie National Treasure is rife with the Lucky Coincidence thing.  I thought my eyes were going to roll out o my head while I watched.   ::)
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Re: Pathetic Peeves - Confess Yours
« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2018, 07:04:17 PM »
Anyone using "vagina" when they mean "vulva". "Her skirt was so short, I could see her vagina." Unless you have x-ray vision or a speculum, no you couldn't.
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« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2018, 07:52:18 PM »
On the whole, I don't mind typos in the books I'm reading. Typos happen, is my philosophy. Except for one. If a character is vomiting and they're described as "wretching" my brain explodes. Lose the W!

Okay, so what's your ridiculously tiny, nagging irritant - and I'm talking books, people! Don't tell me about your neighbours ;)

Hmmm. That really is a "wretched" error.

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« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2018, 07:54:12 PM »
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Hmmm. That really is a "wretched" error.

Pun! :)

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« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2018, 07:57:26 PM »
On the whole, I don't mind typos in the books I'm reading. Typos happen, is my philosophy. Except for one. If a character is vomiting and they're described as "wretching" my brain explodes. Lose the W!

Okay, so what's your ridiculously tiny, nagging irritant - and I'm talking books, people! Don't tell me about your neighbours ;)

Alternate when the writer means alternative.
Since when it should be "as".
Might and may. One is to do with possibility, the other permission.

Unfortunately modern (lesser) dictionaries are accepting such abuse of language.

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« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2018, 07:57:58 PM »
The word "forever." Whenever, wherever. There is never a good reason for "forever."

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« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2018, 08:04:41 PM »
The word "forever." Whenever, wherever. There is never a good reason for "forever."
What? Think of the children! They will be heartbroken if you take away "They lived happily forever after".

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« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2018, 08:27:21 PM »
"I could care less" always bugs me, since it implies the opposite of what the speaker (or writer) intends.

I went looking for that one in the thread before I replied with it myself.


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« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2018, 08:34:33 PM »
Reading "very" in the narrative or when the author is describing things. It drives me crazy. Two times per book is enough.

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« Reply #18 on: June 14, 2018, 08:39:25 PM »
"I could care less" always bugs me, since it implies the opposite of what the speaker (or writer) intends.

GAH! That's mine, too. Anyone who says "I could care less" loses all credibility at that point.

Also, no good, bad, sloppy writing. I'm looking at you, people who do this:

"Taking off my coat, I grabbed my phone."

There is only one author I'm willing to forgive for that transgression, and it's Seanan McGuire.

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Re: Pathetic Peeves - Confess Yours
« Reply #19 on: June 14, 2018, 09:57:22 PM »
'I miss not having' - please. How can you miss not having anything. It is 'I miss having'.

I could of instead of I could have, along with variations of the same, drive me nuts.

Mind you, I don't consider either of those, or the ones already mentioned, to be pathetic. I think they are perfectly reasonable. I started to read a book once where the word 'shutters' was used when it should have been 'shudders' - if you don't know the difference, don't try to write a book.


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« Reply #20 on: June 14, 2018, 10:40:56 PM »
if you don't know the difference, don't try to write a book.
...or use an editor that does

That's my bias talking there :)

Like many, should of, could of, would of is a peeve although as I tend to see it rather more often than one would hope, I'm becoming less peevish and more resigned to seeing it, although of course it still gets changed every time, with a comment.



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Re: Pathetic Peeves - Confess Yours
« Reply #21 on: June 14, 2018, 11:27:58 PM »
The following always annoy me:

Of instead of have
Less instead of fewer
Flaunt instead of flout

...there are others, but these ones hit me often.

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« Reply #22 on: June 14, 2018, 11:30:18 PM »
"I could care less" always bugs me, since it implies the opposite of what the speaker (or writer) intends.

Yes, same here.

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« Reply #23 on: June 14, 2018, 11:39:32 PM »
Huh. Maybe I'm just an undiscriminating reader, but most of these would be a minor peeve to me. I'd roll my eyes and move on. My only major peeve is being misled. If you call your book a romance and have a sad ending, or the book resembles the blurb in no way, or it's a sequel and doesn't continue a cliffhanger storyline from the previous book right away.

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« Reply #24 on: June 15, 2018, 12:16:01 AM »
Describing something is 'rather unique' or 'kind of unique'. Either it's unique or it isn't. There aren't degrees of uniqueness.


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