Pet peeves

  1. ‹ Older
  2. 3 years ago

    @Tim P What is your locale, sir?
    That is perfectly acceptable.

    Are you asking me? It may be perfectly acceptable to you but it's not to me and though it's a colloquial Americanism it's still a Pet Peeve for me. It makes me cringe when I hear or read it. In the example, 'for' means 'in exchange for' and since free is not a noun, pronoun or noun phrase one can not use it as a commodity.
    Strange how most people know to drop the word 'for' when they tack on 'of charge'. ("I got it free of charge")

  3. Tim H

    15 Oct 2016 Pre-Release Testers Portland, OR USA

    Grammar nazis.

  4. Rich H

    15 Oct 2016 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro

    @Jym M People saying 'for free' when they mean 'for nothing' or 'free'. i.e. "I got that for free." Did you write them a cheque in the amount of free or did you have some free just laying around?

    You remind me of the phrase "free gift with purchase"

    I always thought a gift was already free in wich adding "free" in front of gift was not needed.

  5. Tim P

    15 Oct 2016 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro Rochester, NY

    @Jym M Are you asking me? It may be perfectly acceptable to you but it's not to me and though it's a colloquial Americanism it's still a Pet Peeve for me. It makes me cringe when I hear or read it. In the example, 'for' means 'in exchange for' and since free is not a noun, pronoun or noun phrase one can not use it as a commodity.
    Strange how most people know to drop the word 'for' when they tack on 'of charge'. ("I got it free of charge")

    Free is a value here.
    I got it for one dollar.
    I got it for free.

    "I got it for free of charge"
    Anyways...

  6. Tim P

    15 Oct 2016 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro Rochester, NY

    People driving with headphones on.

  7. Jeff T

    15 Oct 2016 Pre-Release Testers Midlands of England, Europe
    Edited 3 years ago

    Posts that are so long I have to page down a few times just be able to see the 'Latest' link and jump to the end...
    (why isnt 'latest' on the top of the dates list?)

  8. @Tim P Free is a value here.
    I got it for one dollar.
    I got it for free.

    "I got it for free of charge"
    Anyways...

    By the word 'here' I'm guessing you're saying the U.S. and as I said it's an American idiom to use 'free' as a noun. The correct sentence is "I got it free". If it were a value then why do you not say "I got it in exchange for FREE"?

  9. Dale A

    15 Oct 2016 San Diego, California, USA

    "Free" is one of those words that is highly dependent upon usage and context.

    Free the oppressed.
    Be free of guilt.
    I may be cheap, but I'm not free.

    Isn't language fun?

  10. Tim P

    15 Oct 2016 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro Rochester, NY
    Edited 3 years ago

    I'm just making some lighthearted fun.

  11. Tim P

    15 Oct 2016 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro Rochester, NY

    @Dale A "Free" is one of those words that is highly dependent upon usage and context.

    I can think of another F word like that too ;)

  12. Louis D

    15 Oct 2016 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro QC, Canada

    People who are unable to think out of the box.

  13. Gavin S

    15 Oct 2016 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro, Forum Moderators, MVP UK

    @LouisDesjardins People who are unable to think out of the box.

    May I suggest the correct usage is "People who are unable to think outside of the box".

    I jest.

  14. Gavin S

    15 Oct 2016 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro, Forum Moderators, MVP UK

    Redecorating the girls' room, so...

    Paint-spattered arms.

  15. Gavin S

    15 Oct 2016 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro, Forum Moderators, MVP UK

    Actually, even worse than paint-spattered arms - my paint-spattered Apple Watch :(

    -image-

  16. Louis D

    15 Oct 2016 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro QC, Canada

    May I suggest the correct usage is "People who are unable to think outside of the box".

    no, no, I meant out of the box, as in "works right out of the box" (not)

    new peeve: idiomatic expressions in a second language

    In case my "outside of the box" peeve was understood as having to do with the grammar-related posts above, well it does not. It is related to events not in this thread. (yes, there is a whole universe out there!)

  17. Tim H

    15 Oct 2016 Pre-Release Testers Portland, OR USA

    People who need to have their "ability to think" module installed.

  18. Tim H

    15 Oct 2016 Pre-Release Testers Portland, OR USA
    Edited 3 years ago

    People who believe there is life outside the forum. (Scary thought!)

  19. There is life outside of these forums????????????

  20. Louis D

    16 Oct 2016 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro QC, Canada

    It is a shock, really. But I swear that I saw life out there!

  21. Tim P

    16 Oct 2016 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro Rochester, NY

    @Richard S There is life outside of these forums????????????

    There is, and we all met up and had lots of wine.

  22. Newer ›

or Sign Up to reply!