No, it's worse. I'm a grammar snob.
I can't help it! My inner editor constantly looks for grammar mistakes even when I remind her, "You're not so perfect either." It's useless though, she never listens.*
So, because I feel like it's time for a list, here are some of my bigger grammatical pet peeves:
I see this and twitch. And then giggle because I know what's coming. That's right friends. Meet, alot. (If you haven't read this freakishly funny blog on the alot, please go read it now. I'll wait. It's that good. Now go, read!)
Maybe I missed the memo, but when did x slip into these words? I certainly don't remember learning this in grade school
Okay, c'mon. Seriously? We're a bunch of writers and we're still having this discussion? Moving on...
(See which/witch comment.)
This warrants its own category. My inner editor keeps her eyes peeled for three key components: capitalization, placing punctuation within the closing quotation mark, and run-on sentences. And naturally, the use of serial commas.
Alas, before you think I'm some high and mighty writer, or just high (*rim shot*), I have to be sure to give my grammatical confessions.
Please forgive me for I'm pretty sure my grammar has sinned. I like my adjectives. And my dialog tags.
I use my mc's first name instead of interspersing him or his. (This has gotten so out of hand that my crit group now circles them all when more than 10 appear on a page.)
I have a problem cutting excess words and my verbs aren't very exciting.
I still haven't mastered the proper usage of semi colons, em/en dashes, and I'm pretty sure 80% of my sentences initially come out passive. I also use creative license with the use of ellipses and parenthesis.
Toward vs towards? I don't know. Gray/grey? Not sure about that either, though I think this has something to do with US English vs British English.
But please Strunk and White devotees, don't judge me. I'm working on it. Just please promise me there won't be any quizzes on objective and subjective pronouns. I still have alot** to learn about those.
How about you? What are your biggest grammatical pet peeves?
(*Murphy's Law now suggests my comments will include people pointing out all my past/present/future blog mistakes. Go ahead. I've earned it.)
(** yes, that was intentional.)