Grammar pet peeves, ranked

  1. No Oxford comma
    The serial comma, like all great commas before it, reflects the way we speak. And it makes things clear. And it just looks right. I will never understand how leaving it out is ever ok.
  2. Incorrect use of semi-colon
    Two complete sentences, people.
  3. Adding 's when all you want is to make something plural
    Holidays are a killer for me. "Happy Holidays from the Smith's!" Who is the Smith?? And don't leave me hanging - the Smith's what? Dog? Pet hamster? What does the Smith own that wants to wish me a happy holiday?
  4. Use of non-words
    This is less of a grammar thing and more of just a let's stick to real words thing, but stuff like "supposibly" gets me. I once read that you should never make fun of someone who mispronounces a word because it means that they've learned the word through the reading of books. I like that a lot. But if you take that a step further, then people who use non-words didn't learn them by reading. I guess they learned them by listening to other people who also didn't read them. Supposibly that's true.