posted on Jan, 18 2013 @ 11:28 AM
I know this has been done before to a degree, and I'm also no grammar Nazi, but there re a few really bad ones which seem to be becoming more and
more pervasive. Worse, these errors seem to be becoming self-sustaining, with people "confirming" they're saying things the right way because they
keeping seeing them the same way so often on the internet. These grammatical errors have become so pervasive online that people are using them more
and more in everyday life.
I believe people (kids and adults) must be reading (books) much less than they used to, and also not putting any effort forth to learn proper English
in school or on their own. In my own experience, parents are also teaching their children poorly, and reinforcing poor language skills.
Anyhow, here's my biggest gripes about what have become sickeningly pervasive linguistic errors:
"mine as well" - the idiom is supposed to be "might as well", meaning it is better to do something than to not do something. "mine as well"
would be used properly in the following examples:
1) At the nickel mine, I mine as well as 75% of the other miners.
2) Since the car is in both of our names, it's mine, as well as hers.
"should of" - this one is simple. IT'S "SHOULD HAVE" - I believe the confusion stems from the contraction for "should have", which would be
"I seen it" - no you didn't. You SAW it. You were SEEN using bad grammar.
Their / They're / There - this one is hard to believe that native English speakers get wrong. It is drilled into children in school, and by their
parents. At least it was when I was a kid. If your schools and parents failed to teach you such a basic and important part of the language, take some
responsibility and train yourself. This one is probably the most understandable to mess up if English is a new language to you. If it isn't, then it
is simply embarassing to get wrong beyond age 6.
So there it is, my primary list of grammatical annoyances. I don't speak or write with perfect grammar, and I don't expect others to either. I
won't point out errors in a post either, but I cannot help but to perceive posts as less credible or worthy of my attention when these, and other
similar wrrors are so pervasive. To those guilty of these transgressions, do yourselves a favor: learn how to use the language properly. Your thoughts
and ideas will be more well-respected if you do.
This was my "nitpicky" attempt to stave off what is rapidly becoming an all-out assault on the language, using wrong words and terms which don't
even make sense.