Grammar Nazi – Hump Day Ha Ha! (On A Saturday)

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Usually when I stumble upon a funny clip or anecdote I will save it for Wednesday but this was just too good so we’re having an early (or late depending on how you want to look at it) Hump Day Ha Ha today, courtesy of commenter Charlieee23 on my recent Pet Peeves video. One of my pet peeves is not grammar in general because there are so many rules it’s tough to be right ALL the time – though I know I make it look easy 😉 – it’s the pronunciation of the word H.

I am firmly in the minority pronouncing the letter Aitch, most of you will say Haitch and while I’ve made my peace (kind of) with it.. it’s wrong. So long as you know that I can sleep easy. After the video went live I had so many comments and tweets, some were equally as irritated by Haitch and others argued it was right. The ones that really got me were those who tried to prove their case with the argument that H has to start with the letter H.. don’t even get me started. One example given was that if H was Aitch then House would be Ouse.. *sigh*. Anyway.. I have definitely driven my point home and I don’t go about my life picking people up on their pronunciation because honestly it would consume all of my time and nobody cares but the below clip gave me a laugh and hopefully whichever side you’re on you’ll get a giggle from it too.

What are your Pet Peeves?

Miss BB

*PS. if you’re still not convinced try typing haitch in to your phone, see what spell check thinks.. 😉

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  1. Sarah
    30 November, 2013 / 4:51 pm

    While we’re on the subject of David Mitchell – this annoys me to no end. I kind of wish I could shoot people too when they say “could care less”. It’s definitely not just Americans either!

    • missbudgetbeauty
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      30 November, 2013 / 7:25 pm

      that is fantastic!!! I could care less is DEFINITELY a pet peeve because as he says it makes NO sense and unfortunately just as haitch the more people hear it in the media the more people will use it and the small group of us left who COULD care A LOT less will be slowly dying inside

    • Jodie
      1 December, 2013 / 12:21 am

      I hate that too. It’s supposed to be “I couldn’t care less” as in “I care so little it would be physically impossible for me to care less”. Saying you COULD care less doesn’t even mean anything!

  2. Charlieee23
    1 December, 2013 / 10:18 am

    Glad you found my comment funny lol! What I wanted to say (before I had occidentally pressed ‘enter’ in the middle of writing my comment – oops!) was that I think the reason I say ‘Haitch’ instead of ‘aitch’ sometimes is because there are so many more people saying it that way now (both people you know and in the media) that you subconsciously pick it up.
    That being said I do have my own ‘pet peeves’ when it comes to grammar. A lot of Americanisms annoy me – especially ‘_erbs’ instead of ‘herbs’ and ‘gotten’ instead of ‘I have got’ or ‘I have received’. But the English Language is always changing and rules are constantly being rewritten so I try not to complain too much 😉

    • missbudgetbeauty
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      1 December, 2013 / 10:53 am

      yes, definitely! Not their fault at all.. apparently back in the day everyone dropped their h’s so while our speech evolved one way Americans went another

  3. 3 December, 2013 / 12:03 pm

    People who don’t know the difference between you’re and your and that they’re actually doing social media for some brands on Twitter (I’ve seen a few and it makes me cringe…..)

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