Writing and speaking; talk about lost arts in America. TenMan warned me that I might be in danger of becoming an English Teacher. That gave me an idea. Following are some of my pet peeves when it comes to bad English in America. ~ Since when did “goes” replace the word “said” in everyday speech? Example: “And then she goes, like, you know, how could you do that? And then he goes, like, I dunno.” Portland personified. ~ Yes, Virginia, there is a difference between there, their, and they’re. Ugh! It seems that anytime I have to deal with a person from California they are clueless when it comes to differentiating between those three words. ~ Compliment and complement. Will Americans ever understand the difference between those two words? ~ Whenever our government posts a traffic sign that says “Drive Slow” I cringe. And the government is not the only entity guilty of advertising its ignorance by using an adjective in place of an adverb. Our media makes that mistake consistently as well. Kanye West even has a song called “Drive Slow.” Signs of deterioration…. ~ “Hello, how are you?” “I’m good, and you?” Well, well, well….. ~ Advise and advice seem to be constantly bungled in writing. Think verb vs. noun. ~ Another common problem: forgetting, or not, the apostrophe for “it’s” vs. “its.” ~ Just a basic understanding when it comes to modifying a noun. Example: “Joe found a sparkly girl’s necklace” instead of “Joe found a girl’s sparkly necklace.” On the other hand, I'd really like to meet that sparkly girl… ~ And don’t dare “axe” me about my thoughts on Ebonics! Some levity to lighten your day. If you have your own pet peeves regarding bad English, please share.