One of my all time pet peeves was mentioned in my favorite go-to source for proofreading and editing tips, Daily Writing Tips.
The senior vice president of a marketing and crisis-communications company in Florida interrupted an employee at a staff meeting to correct her failure to make subject and verb agree. She’d said, “There’s new people you should meet.” The v-p said he “cringes” every time he hears people use “is” when the subject calls for “are.”
It is so good to know that I am not the only one who cringes at this term. Sadly, as many well-spoken and well-educated people seem to use this term as do not.
As a student in the 60s and 70s, heaven forbid we made this mistake more than once. Teachers cared about their students as people BUT were more concerned with teaching us correct grammar than they were about hurting our “self esteem” if they corrected our errors! My generation turned out just fine, for the most part. I was happily on the honor roll in English and spelling for my entire school career. My hat is off to those teachers who cared enough to make sure that their students sounded literate and smart as apposed to silly and lazy.
Do you have a pet peeve you would like to share? Please comment and let me know. I am sure there ARE a lot of you who, like me, DO CARE!
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