Over the last few years, we have posted five or six installments of our Grammar Pet Peeves. (I’d go back and actually count them, but that sounds like a lot of effort.) Anyway, after one of these posts, an astute reader (a self-identified non-grammarian) asked when we were going to make these into a wallet card. I thought, “That’s a great idea! I’m going to be rich!” (If only we weren’t giving this stuff away for free.)
So here it is. (Remember, just two more months to get your Christmas shopping done!) Click on either of the images below to download a pdf that you can print, crop, laminate, and keep in your wallet. Obviously, we can only do so many pet peeves on one card, so this may be the first in a series of collectors’ items.
And because some readers get angry if we don’t meet a certain minimum word count, here are the points included on this first card:
- Your does not mean you are.
- A lot is two words.
- You are going to lie down, not lay down.
- Everyday means common. Every day means daily.
- Firstly is not a word. What you mean is first.
- Fewer is for items you can count. Less is for mass nouns.
- Who is for people. That is for things.
- It’s is not possessive.
- Literally means actually, not a million gagillion.
- Loose and Lose are different words.
- Presently means soon. Currently means now.
Keep this on you at all times and you’ll be the most popular kid at the dance. I promise.