I agree, my English is not always 100%, especially on a forum which is in written form, but my real hate is Text speak. I absolutely detest it but it seems to be used more and more these days.
Correct spelling does not seem to bother most people.
In spoken form, I just put it down to lazy poor diction, but the one thing that has really started to wind me up recently is the tendancy for English people (including the BBC) using the word Lootenant rather than Leftenant ( spelling is just to emphasise the pronunciation differences)
The BBC have used it several time recently (Lootenant that is) and I have noticed that it is creeping into the English language with people who should know better.
I hate the American influence that is starting to creep in to the use of our language.
What is th saying? We invented the English language, the Americans screwed it up…
I have too many pet hates… From ‘of’ instead of 've to incorrect apostrophe usage. I also hate incorrect pronunciation of words like nucelar instead of nuclear or filum instead of film.
However, one must always remember that language and grammar are not set in stone and they evolve. Therefore what you consider wrong today, may be the accepted form tomorrow. Each segment in society will adapt it for its own needs.
The trick is being able to switch between writing like you’re sending a text and a formal business letter without anyone noticing.
I despise exclamation marks, especially when multiple exclamation marks are used at once. That just makes the author look like a child. In my industry people also say on-premise when they mean on premises which is really irritating. Also double negatives such as, “I didn’t do nothing,” or when people say something like, “no food, no water, no nothing.” I know that is just ignorance but it makes the person trying to articulate their point look really stupid.