Pet peeve – courtesy of Wikipedia – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet_peeve
A pet peeve or pet hate is a minor annoyance that an individual identifies as particularly annoying to himself or herself, to a greater degree than others may find it.
As a writer I have some words that I try very hard to irradiate from my writings; like ‘very’, ‘just’, and ‘that’. They usually make it in during the race to finish a first draft and are hunted down like lousy vermin during the editing phase.
As the publishing world is changing rapidly and editors are leaving NYC publishers to freelance for self-publishers I’m noticing an alarming amount of typos, grammar mistakes, and stuff that is just plain wrong in even major publishers/authors works that are costing me $25.99 a pop for hardcover.
As self-publishers or Indies are hiring editors and proofreaders and making use of Beta readers I’m seeing the gulf between traditional and Indie books evaporating. As one person commented on a bulletin board, I’m willing to excuse typos if they are understandable. Such as bad and baf for example. The letters are right next to each other on the keyboard and that form of typo is easy to make. Others, not so much, which is where my pet peeves come in!
Hoard/Horde – I read a lot of zombie apocalypse books so this one comes up frequently. They are two different words. They are not interchangeable. You can only have a hoard of zombies if you are stockpiling them in the closet.
Pored/Poured – You are not pouring over documents unless you have a bottle of maple syrup in your hand. Pore – to study carefully.
Site/Sight – Again, not interchangeable. Site – a location. Sight – seeing. We are going to the site. The enemy was sighted.
My husband laughs when I groan and bitch about horde and hoard. They are called pet peeves for a reason. They may irk you and nobody else. 🙂
What are your pet peeves? In grammar or reading in general.
Jill James, author of Love in the Time of Zombies, Book 1 – Time of Zombies
(If you ever find a hoard of zombies in my books, please let me know)