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    Default Biggest Writing Pet Peeve

    I read a lot of web sites and articles and blogs and there are a few things that some writers do that just drive me nuts.

    One is putting things in "quotes" when the word or phrase doesn't need to be in quotes.

    Another is mixing up the usage of words like your and you're or there and their.

    What are your writing pet peeves?

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    I guess my biggest one is when they try to save a buck by not hiring someone skilled in writing. To see a site that's supposed to be a real business that doesn't care enough to have real writing is a big turnoff. It makes them appear very unprofessional.

    Closely related to that is machine translated English. Me likes Yoda for entertainment, but a web site for, very bad that is.
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    my biggest pet peeve which has really exploded in the last few years is when a company features 0% financing.

    0% financing means you can't finannce it. I know this becuase 100% financing means I can finance the whole purchase.

    What these companies mean... is 0% interest or no interest financing.

    I get what they mean of course as do many people but it drives me batty
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    It makes me crazy when people write in abbreviations and acronyms, there are so many these days I can't keep track of them. If your not sending a text message, please use the entire word.

    I mean WTF!?

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    Jargon is a big pet peeve of mine. You can't assume that everyone who visits your site will understand all the terms that are familiar to those in your industry. Acronyms get me too. Don't name your product or service something that is so long you have to abbreviate it. Choose a shorter name.

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    Long sentences full of long words.

    Writers who write like writers.

    People who start a story, then say "But before I tell you the rest of this story, let me tell you about something else that happened..."

    Writers who take forever to get to the point or don't have one.
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    People who write in circles are a big one for me too. They keep saying the same thing over and over and never get to any sort of conclusion. If you're point is so complicated you need to repeat it several times than you probably need to get a simpler message. Either that or you think everyone who visits your site is so dumb they'll never get your message. Either way it's not good.

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    all of the above!
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    your and you're or there and their
    These are peeves of mine too. (or should I say, to or two)
    Then another one that really gets me more than all of the rest is how often people confuse then and than.

    KristineS:
    How about Caps Where They Don't Belong, this should be on our lists too.
    I'm so glad you made this point, I've done this too often, for too long. I think that being conscious of it will help communicate better in writing emails, in forums and at work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CADesign View Post
    These are peeves of mine too. (or should I say, to or two)
    Then another one that really gets me more than all of the rest is how often people confuse then and than.
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