I therefore present to you my top ten grammar pet peeves—in web comic form!
1. "Alot." "Alot" is not a word. Or, if it is, it refers to an animal that's better than you at everything.
2. Semicolons. I'm not a big fan of them; Kurt Vonnegut once labeled the semicolon a "transvestite hermaphrodite representing absolutely nothing," insisting that "all they do is show you've been to college." If you insist on using them, however, here's how to do it.
3. Mondegreens. Here's a definition; here's a visual guide to some common ones pertaining to English idiom.
4. Misuse of the word "literally." If you're guilty of this, I'll literally send you a strongly worded e-mail/figuratively explode.
5. Confusion of its/it's. Especially on the Internet.
6. Misuse of apostrophes in general. Thankfully, there is a cure: flowcharts.
7. Misspellings. Here are ten you should avoid.
8. Internet comments. This is more of a video than a comic, but it gets the point across: 99.9% of the people on the Internet are functionally illiterate, some of them hilariously so. (I've spent countless hours laughing at seething, near-incomprehensible rants on YouTube.)
9. People who think they can out-grammar me. Sometimes I lay traps for them just for fun.
10. People who smugly correct other people's grammar. It's just kind of a jerk thing to do. Me? I'd do it subtly via blog post.
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