by David Proctor
Just the phrase "pet peeves" is enough to make any communicator salivate, especially those who deal primarily with the written word. We all have them. They are like fingernails on a blackboard – for those old enough to remember what a blackboard is.
For some, it is misused punctuation that drives them crazy. For others it's misused words or passive construction. For a lot of us, it is all of the above.
I don't claim to be a grammar expert. I need editing just as everyone should, and I still make my share of mistakes. This post may contain some. Split infinitives, for instance, don't bother me a lot. And I end sentences with prepositions on occasion because it sounds better than the alternative. I think it was Churchill who pointed this out when he said, "Ending sentences with prepositions is something up with which I will not put." And if he didn't say it, he should have.