“Grammar is the grave of letters” ~ Elbert Hubbard
Now, I’m no “Grammar Girl,” but I have been known to correct a tweet or dozen in my day before retweeting. Poor grammar does bother me, which correctly classifies it as a “pet peeve.”
There are the classic homophones (two, to, too + your, you’re + its, it’s) which are more frequently typos that are not caught during proofreading (you do proofread, right?), but I expect that these days.
No, there are two phrases that drive me batty: ”as per” and “but rather.” Why? They are redundant.
I see “as per” used all the time. (Is this done more frequently in construction than other fields?)
Drives me crazy: ”I will do such and such as per the drawings.”
Makes me happy: ”I will do such and such per the drawings.”
Even worse is “as per your request.” Just say, “per your request.”
Then there is “but rather.” It’s “but” or “rather.” Pick one–not both.
I’m sure there are others who will read this post and disagree with me on one or more points; after all, I am no English major. Rather, it is my intention to express myself per the question of the week.
This week’s topic — What’s your grammar pet peeve?