Wednesday, June 21, 2006
( 7:04 AM ) teahouse
I'm generally an easygoing person.
That said, I'm a stickler for both grammar and usage, and hence, I have some esoteric pet peeves that I will now share with you.
It drives me crazy when people misuse the words alumnus, alumni, alumna and alumnae. Blame my classical education.
Specifically, I can't stand when someone says, "He and she are alums of xyz school." Arrghghghg! Alums???? Quit making words up!!
Male singular = alumnus. Female singular= alumna.
Male or mixed plural = alumni. Female plural = alumnae.
I also hate when people say "a whole nother." Arrghghghghgghhg!! Don't try to split up the word another.
I also hate when someone says, "Well, if he would have told me about it, I would have helped him."
The correct sentence is, "Well, if he HAD told me about it, I WOULD HAVE helped him." Stop using the word would twice in the sentence. It's the pluperfect subjunctive, people! Sheesh.
And ending a sentence in a preposition is something up with which I will not put!