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February 21, 2008

Upend Adam

Filed under: Peeves — Tom @ 9:46 am

It’s not “once and a while.” It’s “once in a while.” In. IN.

And while we’re at it, it’s “up and at ’em.” Anything else makes absolutely no sense.



  1. What irritates me to no end is “would/could/should/must of” instead of “would/could/should/must have.”


    I avoid “up and at ’em” altogether because my name is Adam. Everyone in my life who has ever needed to wake me up or motivate me in some way thinks, “Up and at ’em, Adam!” is hilarious.

    I do not.

    Comment by Uncle Midriff — February 21, 2008 @ 1:05 pm | Reply

  2. See also: “CHAMPING at the bit.” Not “CHOMPING.”

    Comment by Yogi — February 21, 2008 @ 1:26 pm | Reply

  3. Midriff (or, I guess, Adam): YES. Oh, man, I totally forgot about that one. “___ of” drives me insane. People of the world, please think about what things actually mean when you write them!

    Yogi, you score about 112 points because that’s one I wasn’t even aware of. I’m hanging my head in shame at the moment. Luckily, I don’t think I have ever, not once, used that phrase. But I am now wiser thanks to you.

    Comment by Tom — February 21, 2008 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

  4. “Could care less” Vs. “Couldn’t care less”…..

    Comment by Tom C — February 21, 2008 @ 6:29 pm | Reply

  5. I give Yogi points for coming up with one that I hadn’t heard before, but I’m not sure I agree that it’s such an egregious error.

    The meanings of “chomp” and “champ” are, in my mind, similar enough that

    1. getting them confused is almost forgivable,


    2. using the wrong word doesn’t seem to change the meaning of the phrase into nonsense.

    Comment by UncleMidriff — February 22, 2008 @ 9:56 am | Reply

  6. “Could . . .” vs. “Couldn’t care less” drives me crazy – good one, Tom. I’m awarding 104.7 points for that one. I heard that today and immediately regretted not mentioning it. How could you care less? It’s not possible. That means you care. But you could not care less, if you don’t care at all. Once again, it comes back to thinking about what things actually mean.

    I have to award Uncle Midriff with 132 points, backdated to yesterday, since I’ve opted for the points system. I’ve been thinking about that all day and it really does just piss me off. Would of. Come on. It’s would’ve, if that’s grammatically possible.

    Comment by Tom — February 22, 2008 @ 9:20 pm | Reply

  7. I’ll forgo points in lieu of your thoughts on LLL, Tom! ;-P

    Comment by Yogi — February 24, 2008 @ 10:33 am | Reply

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