Saturday, 28 April 2012

Grammar for gamers (or do I mean vocabulary?) - a short illustrated rant

I have recently started noticing the expression 'per say' to the extent that it is now really getting under my skin. It's PER SE, people, not PER SAY. If you're going to be pretentious and use classical Latin expressions, then get them right! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!


  1. Another example "and viola, the pics". What has a stringed instrument played with a bow got to do with pics being present?
    Not a grammar issue, but an annoying misuse of language

  2. That is so true, Tamsin. I had forgotten about "and viola". I can feel my blood pressure rising even as I type this and think about the misuse of language. Perhaps the writers of those words imagine that the grand unveiling of their figures is accompanied by a string quartet. :-D

    On a side note, I hope that this post does not encourage anyone to go back through my blog posts and find every error and typo, and then present them all to me en masse.

  3. Part of this is people relying on Microsoft English (i.e. the spell checker), the other part of this is people who don't even use a spell checker before posting.

    And does a viola a string quartet make? Admittedly, there is very little solo music written for the viola, which is sad as it has a nice sound, so maybe the person in the example was in fact queuing the quartet?

    1. Thank you for a good laugh. I love the idea of one person with a viola trying to play it simultaneously in four seats. I suspect that there is more than a quartet of violas out there accompanying the grand unveiling of figures.

      I agree about the Microsoft English. Over-reliance on spelling checkers is almost as bad as not using one at all. It can result in all kinds of strange results.

  4. I hate the use of "would of" in place of "would've".