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I’m a language teacher. Something that comes with the territory is that you become a language fascist. Funny thing, though, is that I was more anal about language than I am now. Now my linguistic philosophy is more descriptive than prescriptive, if we’re using heavy duty linguistics terminology, but I don’t expect that most people know what that means. Anyhow, I have a whole bunch of pet peeves when it comes to language. One of the bigger ones is English-speaking people who pronounce “et cetera” as [exetera]. There is NO [k] sound in there. You’re supposed to pronounce it as it’s written: [et setera]. The amount of people in YouTube videos and on TV that say [exetera] is astounding and quite saddening because the ignorance is so widespread.

Also, it’s abbreviated “etc”, NOT “ect”. Get that through your thick skulls, illiterates. Thanks!

  1. Christian
    7 April, 2010 at 20:57

    Dude awesome

  2. Cathy
    17 May, 2010 at 20:11

    My pet peeves are “there, their and they’re” and “your and you’re”.

    • 17 May, 2010 at 20:36

      I will get to them soon enough 🙂

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