Today I would like to discuss one of my worst grammar pet peeves: the splitting of the word “another” into “a whole ‘nother” rather than “another whole.”
Example: “I need to reschedule our appointment, but I hate to push it back a whole ‘nother week.” This is incorrect.
The correct sentence: “I need to reschedule our appointment, but I hate to push it back another whole week.”
I have found this error to be made more in speech than in writing. Let’s face it, though…when something finds its way into speech, it will eventually creep into writing.
To combat this atrocity, I have devised a mnemonic: A comes before W in the alphabet. If A stands for “another” and W for “whole,” then one can remember that since A comes before W, “another” is placed before “whole.” It’s not hard at all. 🙂
What are some of your grammar pet peeves?