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What are your verbal pet peeves?

I just heard someone use the phrase "24/7/365" (i.e., "24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year" for those who don't know) to talk about tech support. That's always bothered me. Shouldn't it be "24/7/52"? or just "24/365"?

A minor thing, but one that gets to me every time that I hear it.

Any ones that you'd like to share?

(Or, even better, a good reason why this phrase is supposed to make sense? )
Old 01-28-05, 01:17 PM
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It bugs me when people use adjectives to modify verbs, when they should be using adverbs.
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I hate when people say "fustrated" instead of "frustrated."
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"The bed needs made"
"The car needs washed"
No, the car needs *to be* washed.

24/7/365 is probably just advertising, to hammer in the point that holidays are included. Realistically, 24/7 should cover it.
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For all intensive purposes, this thread really is one big mute point.
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I think the '365' hammers home the idea that they are open even on Christmas, New Year's Day, etc.
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Originally Posted by El Scorcho
For all intensive purposes, this thread really is one big mute point.
Glad you were here to nick this thing in the butt, Scorcho.
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
I think the '365' hammers home the idea that they are open even on Christmas, New Year's Day, etc.
I see the OP's point though. It should be either 24/7 or 24/365, because "seven days a week" is included in "365". You can't be open 365 days a year without being open seven days a week.
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Verbal pet peeves? Half the words people in Michigan say it seems. One example being: the unusual need to put an "s" at the end of every store, despite the fact they are talking about one. "I'm going to K-marts today." Walmarts, Acos, Fords...! It took me forever to realize that "Fords" meant "Ford auto plant". Too much plural abuse going on here!

Also, it bugs me when people say "I could care less." Lots of people, especially on message boards, use this one. It's a meaningless statement.
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I see the OP's point though. It should be either 24/7 or 24/365, because "seven days a week" is included in "365". You can't be open 365 days a year without being open seven days a week.
Plus, it just follows logically: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. It doesn't follow as well when it is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
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I'm a copy editor. I've got waaaaaaaaaaaay too many.

One I deal with often is people saying "war on terror" or "terror suspect." It's terrorism or terrorist, dagnabbit. Yeah, we're really trying to put a stop to the emotion of fear. That's what we're doing.
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"what not"
anything ending in -izzle
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When people "should of" said "should have".
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"yummy" or "yum"
"boo" used as a term of endearment
"axe" instead of "ask"

Actually, I have way too many to list, but those three have really grated on me this week.
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People who use 'verbal' when they mean 'oral' or 'spoken.' 'Verbal' refers to words, so written communication is also verbal.
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Originally Posted by reverie
Verbal pet peeves? Half the words people in Michigan say it seems. One example being: the unusual need to put an "s" at the end of every store, despite the fact they are talking about one. "I'm going to K-marts today." Walmarts, Acos, Fords...! It took me forever to realize that "Fords" meant "Ford auto plant". Too much plural abuse going on here!

Also, it bugs me when people say "I could care less." Lots of people, especially on message boards, use this one. It's a meaningless statement.
This used to bug me, too...but now I do it right back to 'em, only in reverse... "Had lunch at McDonald, did ya? What, was Arby too crowded?"
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Originally Posted by Nick Danger
People who use 'verbal' when they mean 'oral' or 'spoken.' 'Verbal' refers to words, so written communication is also verbal.
In case that was directed at me, I did, in fact, use "verbal" on purpose.

If it wasn't directed at me, then . . . well . . . nevermind . . .
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Originally Posted by Caoimhin
"boo" used as a term of endearment


You got me straight trippin', boo.
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Another pet peeve is when people put apostrophes in the wrong place when making some sort of contraction, like "franks 'n beans" or "freak'n". The apostrophes take the place of the missing letters, people! If you have to use lame contractions, put them in place of all missing letters! In the above (admittedly lame) examples, it would be "franks 'n' beans" and "freak'n'".

Not that those are any less annoying.
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Originally Posted by devilshalo


You got me straight trippin', boo.
Well played.
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My mom used to get on my siblings and I when we were kids about starting stories with "I had this friend of mine who . . ."

She thought is was redundant.

She was right.
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Originally Posted by dtcarson
"The bed needs made"
"The car needs washed"
No, the car needs *to be* washed.
Who the hell says that?

I hate:
"I could care less" instead of "I couldn't care less"

"Irregardless"
"Hot Water Heater"
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Originally Posted by Nick Danger
People who use 'verbal' when they mean 'oral' or 'spoken.' 'Verbal' refers to words, so written communication is also verbal.
http://m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?bo...verbal&x=0&y=0
3 : spoken rather than written

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