Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Aug 2009 16:32 UTC
Humor Since I think we haven't been having enough fun lately on OSNews, I decided it's time we do something fun for a change. We all have our little pet annoyances when it comes to other people's comments. Fixed expressions or comment styles that annoy the living daylights out of you. Here are mine.
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RE[3]: First!
by Creap on Wed 5th Aug 2009 14:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: First!"
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2009-08-05

My experience as a Swede is that more Americans than Scandinavians confuse "their" and "they're".

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RE[4]: First!
by Hae-Yu on Wed 5th Aug 2009 18:57 in reply to "RE[3]: First!"
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2006-01-12

Multiple languages speakers/ writers tend to be more correct than native speakers. Native speakers tend to be lazier, or more correctly, looser, in their language patterns.

The problem with non-native speakers is that they tend to be more literal. Humor, figures of speech, irony, and sarcasm go over their heads. "I'll be back in a minute" doesn't mean within a literal 60 seconds. Arguing with them on boards can be a pain because everything is taken literally.

They also don't understand and mangle figures of speech and cliches, which is where I have my pet peeve - people speaking/ writing outside their level. If you don't understand what you are saying, no one else will either.

I've lost count of how many ways people mangle "for all intents and purposes." Then we see things way out there: "the tail wagging the pillow" or a "he has a potato chip on his collar."

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