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this isn't actually about peyton gin road, but it does bother me
children of dune - leto 1
I finally had one of those idiom snap points one gets when one hits both fanfic and published novels using the same one wrong in three days of reading (my new ereader is probably to blame for this: I get to read all the books without a breather, and it never ends well when one jumps from fanfic to profic to Jane Austen to, do not judge, Anne Bishop in a single day. Though funny, can't lie).

Making do not making due or God help us, making dew (though the third one at least is kind of hilariously adorable--what kind of dew are they making?) - the thing is, it must be invisible to me usually or something, because I've read it in either three or four fics (and a couple of profics) in the last few days with the 'due' spelling, and odds say it apparently shows up a lot if I can get a three to four fic random sampler in four days.

OTOH, it's more a spelling than a meaning issue I assume; if you've only heard it and not seen it written enough, 'due' looks better than 'do', which is a legit criticism since it's the reason I spell grey with an 'e' instead of with an 'a' (and why a street nearby was changed to Payton when it used to be Peyton and I still spell it Peyton because fuck Payton, that just looks ridic and come on, it's been fifty something years with the 'e', why an 'a' now? IDGI).

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I'm on a personal crusade against "should of," particularly since people seem to think that's somehow a better way of notating what people actually say than "should've," which seems to be a BAD WRONG contraction. Just write should've! It at least preserves the meaning!

The one I cannot bear, the one that drives me crazy beyond reason I read in both fanfic and a published work the other day. It's the horrific and prolific rise in the usage of 'on accident'. No, no, no it's 'by accident' or 'accidentally' but never, ever 'on accident'!

I am completely in sympathy with you on this. Stupid errors like that yank me right out of a story.

My latest pet peeve is this--the past tense of 'lead' (as in 'lead the way!') is not 'lead;' it is 'led.' If you pronounce 'lead' like 'led,' you are talking about a metal. I can't even count the number of fics in which I've seen that.

My own bete noire is "I can't bear to loose you," which makes sense only if the speaker is holding you captive. Of there's the ever-popular, "It only hurts when I breath." I tell you, sometimes it's all I can do to reign myself in. Were these people never taut better?


...I hate you, I almost spit out soda reading.

There's a road safety sign near where I live that reads

Better late than to
[totally different font] lose [old font again] a mate!

Which make me think it originally said "loose" and they had to change it.

Now I'm picturing a sign that reads, "Better late than too loose a mate." Which probably won't contribute much to road safety.

OMG, that makes me crazy, too! ::clutches you for safety::

I've run into a rash of layed down/lied down/lie down/lay down lately. Makes my teeth hurt.

I have friends who live off of Peyton Gin and that street name has stuck in my mind since the first time I read it on Mapquest. /random

... so I just went "EWWW" really really loudly as I was reading this post.

... guess you're not the only one.

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