Should of is the most disappointing word usage error I have ever witnessed.
Agreed. It is also disappointing to read things like "It up set
he came over." This relatively new tendency to combine two words into one and to separate a single word into two is quite puzzling.
A pet peeve: He was suppose
to meet me at the library. Really, now, just add one little extra letter and everything's cool.
Alot is two words. A lot.
This drove my fourth grade teacher batty. If you did this, he'd circle it in red pen and spiral it out over your whole sheet of paper. That might sound mean, but he was awesome, so it came across as more of a pet peeve.
Someone sent me a poem recently to read and requested an opinion. This person wrote "alot" twice in the coverletter
(there's another one!) so I pitched the poem. Sorry, but that was exactly the wrong way to make a good impression.
You never know about this one. One day I was listening carefully to a lecture by my Oxford-educated professor, who was always so precise and correct in his speech, when suddenly, out of nowhere (or the trailerpark (~snerk~) or the playground) but out of his mouth came the dreaded and completely unexpected "irregardless". It rang out and echoed like the apocalypse, mouths hung open in every row from the front to the far back of the auditorium, and yet this - - this scholar
- - simply continued on with his lecture, as if nothing at all had happened.