Mucus vs. Mucous and other pet peeves

  1. Words that bug me

    mucus (the noun) and mucous (the adjective)
    Mucus is the stuff secreted through the mucous membrane!

    Another...
    Advice (the noun) and advise (the verb)
    Advice is the stuff you give when advising.

    Any other word pet peeves? Let's just talk about it!
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  2. 68 Comments

  3. by   VeryPlainJane
    I hate the word SLACKS! lmao
  4. by   Zee_RN
    Irregardless ... double-negative!! Argh. Don't use it!

    Affect (verb) and effect (noun).

    Regard (as in "in regard to"--it means pertaining to) vs. regards (as in "best regards to you and your family"--means good feelings or respect).

    Toward ... you move toward an object, not towards.

    I could go on and on...but I'll stop now.
  5. by   sjt9721
    The correct spelling of the Southern contraction for YOU ALL is Y'ALL...not YA'LL!

  6. by   Ivanna_Nurse
    How bout.... THEIR and THERE
    YOUR and YOU'RE
    ENSURE and INSURE

    It drives me crazy.
  7. by   tvccrn
    Quote from sjt9721
    The correct spelling of the Southern contraction for YOU ALL is Y'ALL...not YA'LL!

    I am originally from Texas and I have always seen it ya'll. If you really want to be technical, there can't be a correct spelling as that isn't officially a word (or it wasn't last I checked )
  8. by   hanpat13
    OK! So I see I'm not the only one peeved by use of the wrong word or words spelled incorrectly!

    definitely, not definately
    separate, not seperate
  9. by   RDH-NrsgStudent
    Here's the one I see misspelled on message boards constantly:

    It's definitely NOT definately.

    Also, it's "cool", NOT "kewl". Yes, we all know you know how to spell it (so why do you insist on typing it like a 14 yr. old?). :Crash:
  10. by   RDH-NrsgStudent
    Quote from hanpat13
    OK! So I see I'm not the only one peeved by use of the wrong word or words spelled incorrectly!

    definitely, not definately
    separate, not seperate
    hanpat13, we must be on the same wavelength! We just typed definitely within 5 min. of each other (see my post right below yours)!
  11. by   RDH-NrsgStudent
    Here's a couple more:

    plaque, not plague (those are two entirely different things!)

    hygienist, not hygenist (and, it's pronounced "hy-gin-ist", not "hy-geen-ist")

    Sorry, being that I'm a dental hygienist (on the boards because I'm also a pre-nursing student), these bug me!
    Last edit by RDH-NrsgStudent on Jan 6, '06
  12. by   ProfRN4
    Quote from rdh-nrsgstudent
    here's the one i see misspelled on message boards constantly:

    it's definitely not definately.
    guilty, as charged...

    not really the same, but it's in the same ballpark-

    [font="lucida sans unicode"]"the pts stat is 99%"

    or, the pt has prostrate cancer
  13. by   moosicle
    Word spelling is completely arbitrary and somewhat subjective. This sort of stuff (grammar misuse and misspelling) used to bother me until I realized that someone had to goof up to give us our modern grammar and spelling.

    The reason we do not include the u in -or words (color not colour) is because the original Noah Webster didn't like it and his new spelling caught on. I never hear people complain about that but I know someone who hates it when I used "thru" instead of "through". What’s the difference? He made up both spellings; color just caught on, thru did not.

    Also, modern English (prescriptive) grammar is largely based on Latin. The split infinitive is my favorite example.
    Example:
    This award is to honorably recognize Mr. Jones for his community service. (ungrammatical)
    This award is to recognize honorably Mr. Jones for his community service. (OK)

    Notice that the first sentence has a better flow but since it is impossible to place a word within an infinitive in Latin, it is considered poor grammar. Similar to most Romance languages (Spanish, French etc) Latin infinitives are one word but in English they are two words (hablar = to speak). Interestingly, the split infinitive has become more accepted over the past few decades.

    I just think it is interesting how poor spelling and poor grammar eventually become accepted and eventually the preferred communication method.


    I used like five passive sentences; I hope no one gets angry about that.
  14. by   RNin2007
    I HATE the loose vs. lose mixup, drives me nuts. ...I also can't STAND *shudder* the word *shudder again* "casserole! " I have another friend that spells tomorrow tomarrow, accck. But loose/lose is my worst word pet peeve.

    lol...funny thread

    ~J

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