#WordCrimes: Which Ones Drive You Crazy?

“Weird Al” Yankovic is at it again, this time spoofing grammar and word usage in his most recent hilarious takedown of popular music. I wish I could take off my editing hat at least some of the time; to take a break from being continuously offended by the misuse of the English language. But I just can’t. I once took out my red pen and aimed my sights at our local Sunday paper, just to see what it would look like.

Which brings us to a more lighthearted topic for today: What are your most hated word crimes?

I’ll start us off: misuse of moot and mute. Your turn!

Sherri Devine is Managing Editor at Teaching Channel and was part of the original launch team of the site. She is dedicated to supporting teachers in their craft and is grateful for finally getting a chance to link two of her great loves: Language and Teaching Channel.

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