Literally Irregardless

These are two of my pet peeves.

The first I see so many times when it clearly is not appropriate. For example, "I was at an AC/DC concert last night and the noise was so loud that my head literally exploded!" Really? If your head "literally" exploded, there would be grey matter (or whatever is occupying your cranial cavity) splattered all over the place.

The other example (irregardless) speaks for itself...
sciguy18 sciguy18
56-60, M
6 Responses Jun 14, 2011

Oh, man! I quit dating a guy once because his spelling and grammar was horrific. I got a text that read "Your so beautiful." Bye!

I think what is most important is another human being is trying to connect with you and we often do that through speaking. Isn't it nice to have a good conversation with another? It's quite possible you don't really connect with others because you are critiquing his or her grammar. Good conversational skills require good listening skills and really listening to what someone is trying to say. You might try putting away your checklist of grammar mistakes and making a human connection with another who is nice enough to have a conversation with you. My pet peeve is having a one sided conversation with someone who isn't truly listening. Do you know the definitions of the words rude and condescending? Tsk! Tsk!

I teach English to foreigners so I am confronted with bad or incorrect grammar on a daily basis. I often ask my students "What did you do at the weekend" this gets them to talk about personal experiences in the simple past tense. Many of them say "I was at home" or I was at a concert" etc. This is not a correct answer to the question because I didn't ask "where were you at the weekend?" I asked "What did you do" so therefore they should have answered "I went to a concert", Most of my students have learnt other foreign languages and they translate directly from that language word for word into English, so I have to really get my point across to them not to translate but to learn the sentences in the English structure. In your writing about the literally exploding, some people don't seem to think about the meaning of what they are writing just whether it sounds dramatical or not. Many points get exaggerated in writing especially when using metaphors.

Thanks Sciguy... I haven't laughed that hard in a long time...

Thanks Sciguy... I haven't laughed that hard in a long time...

It does make me wonder what is going on in schools when basic words are not being studied and learned and remembered for that matter!