But a photo having to do with one of my grammar pet peeves! Can you spot it?
It's the Unique Mug. Six of them, in fact! The problem here being that unique means one of a kind. These mugs are clearly mass-produced. Sure, if you bought one of these and took it to work, probably nobody would have one like it. But my objection stands.
The definition "one of a kind" also means that something cannot be very unique. It either is or it isn't. Nobody at HGTV seems to understand that, much to my perpetual chagrin.
In non-photo-related grammar complaints, I bring you "first come first serve". It means that the first to arrive will be the first to be served. So there should be a D. First come, first served.
Next we have a South-specific pet peeve. We all know how contractions work, right? The apostrophe takes the place of the missing letter or letters. So then why do people insist on writing ya'll? It is not short for ya will. You're taking out the OU in you. Hence, y'all. You know, if you must write y'all in the first place.
And finally, passerbys. Even typing that makes me flinch. The S goes in the middle to indicate that there is more than one person passing. Passers going by. Passersby.
Whew, it's good to get that off my chest. The grammar angst shouldn't be allowed to build up for too long. Let it out, internet.