Pet peeves; something I don’t really have, save for badly edited books and wrong homophones. But this is the first Wednesday of the month, and it’s Insecure Writers Support Group, so I’ll go with the flow.
I’d like to thank our co-hosts this month:
Question: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?
Pet peeves in writing:
- continually mistyping words I know perfectly well, mainly because one hand works faster than the other
- losing a great thread because the telephone rang (or similar)
- my ‘timeout’ software telling me to take a ten minute break when I’m in full flow. Especially the second time it does it (they turn up every ninety minutes, so I really do need to take those breaks).
Pet peeves in reading:
- I get incensed with people using the wrong words, usually homophones, words that sound the same but are spelled differently. For Pete’s sake, don’t people KNOW these things? What was the editor thinking? The worst one is reign for rein, which drives me nuts, because it is SO COMMON in US authored books. You reign over a country (if you are a king or queen); you rein in your temper, horse, feelings, or whatever, because reins are what controls a horse, and that transfers through the language to controlling everything else you can rein in. At least they don’t mix it up with rain, I suppose.
- Any other grammar issue that should have been picked up (as opposed to stylistic issues). It really shows ignorance of grammar, as well as poor editing.
Pet peeves in editing:
- my editor is always right
- I am always right
- my editor is always righter than I am
- editing is far too painful.
What about you? Any pet peeves you’d like to reveal?