Hate is a strong word. But I feel it's appropriate here.
I am a professional proofreader. My specialty is actually media relations, but that almost always goes hand-in-hand with being the chief grammar nazi in an organization. So I spend all day debating whether it's "a unique" or "an unique" and "an honest" or "a honest" and if that should be Members or Members' and why.
Fortunately for us all, I dig it.
Unfortunately for youse guys, I need somewhere to let off my grammar steam, and that place is often my blog. If you read here long enough, like Breanne, you'll notice that I love commas and hypens and elipses and run-on sentences. That's because I have to actively reduce my use of these things in my writing (and the writing of dozens of other people much, much smarter than I) 37.5 hours a week.
But at the core of my being, there are a few things I hate.
1. The wrong you're and your.
2. Messing up their, there and they're.
3. People who don't get the difference between its and it's. SING THE STRONGBAD SONG IN YOUR HEAD. I do.
3. "Gifted". THAT IS NOT A WORD. Someone gave you that shirt as a gift. It was a gift. I am going to give this as a gift. The gift itself is not the verb!
4. When people use 'is' when they should use 'are' and vice-versa. This usually only happens when someone is speaking. You don't see it written down improperly very often. There are many things that bother me, but this is one of the big ones.
5. Fancy words. I love a robust vocabulary, but you aren't convincing me that you're any smarter when you use them improperly. Yeah, technically you could use that word, but in most cases you'd be better off with a simpler one to get your point across without confusion. Also, descriptions of things that border on pornographic? A bit icky. (ie: the brushtrokes pulsate across the canvas, throbbing with light and dripping with energy)
6. Gifted. Did I say that already? It makes me want to kill myself when I read it or hear it. I'm not exaggerating. Don't make me do it.