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Old 02-24-2011, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Valparaiso, IN
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Unfortunately, the vast majority of those who write "would of" or "should of" or "could of" are not using intentional colloquialisms. They believe they are writing it correctly.

[Sigh!]

-- Nighteyes
Yes. That's what kills me. These people believe they are using correct grammar.

The list of such incorrect phrases is endless. One that really gets my goat is "ice tea." It's not tea made from ice. It is tea which has ice in it; tea which has been iced. It is iced tea!

Let's not forget all those signs in retail stores which say, "10 items or less." The only store I've ever been in which has the correct grammar on its signs for the express lanes is Menards. Its signs say, "10 items or fewer." Ding ding ding ding ding! Correct! Yippee!
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Old 02-24-2011, 03:27 PM
 
Location: central Oregon
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Just found this "I'd of called the cops instead.." on another forum.
Said poster needs help with there, their and they're also.
It's so sad to see posts like this because you just know (or think you know ) that these posters are graduates from the schools of "feel good".
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Old 02-24-2011, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Valparaiso, IN
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Just found this "I'd of called the cops instead.." on another forum.
Said poster needs help with there, their and they're also.
It's so sad to see posts like this because you just know (or think you know ) that these posters are graduates from the schools of "feel good".
Sad, indeed.
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Old 02-24-2011, 04:03 PM
Status: "Serendipity as a lifestyle" (set 3 days ago)
 
Location: On a hill near a river
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Frankly, I could care less.
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:36 AM
 
Location: PA (work in NJ)
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(I'm the OP)
I just got another mangled e-mail from a high level manager with a Master's degree:

"Your welcome"

That's ticking me off just as much as "could of."
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Old 02-25-2011, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Valparaiso, IN
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Not to take this TOO far off-topic, but one thing that really bothers me is for people to say or write ... a half of an inch, .. a quarter of an inch, or similar. As I'm sure we all know, it is either "a half-inch" or "half of an inch," or "a quarter-inch" or "one quarter of an inch."
This bugs me, too. I remember watching Howie Mandel on Deal Or No Deal (yes, I'm guilty of watching that moronic game more than once ), and it always bugged the heck out of me when he said many times during each show, "You could walk away with a half a million dollars!" Grrrrrr! Leave off the first "a," Howie. Sheesh!
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Old 02-25-2011, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Valparaiso, IN
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Frankly, I could care less.
Yes! Another one which makes no sense. If you could care less, then you don't care as little as possible. Why don't people understand that it should be, "I couldn't care less"?
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Old 02-25-2011, 01:40 PM
 
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Default Write On TracySam!

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Aggghhhh! I just saw it again.

A person in my company with an advanced degree typed "should of" in an e-mail. As in "the employee should of reported this to me." Idiot. It's "should have."

I know that when we use these terms in everyday speech, we often shorten or slur the word "have." But if you are typing it or writing it, you should at least make it "should 've."

I am noticing this problem more & more frequently. Anyone else?
Glad to see someone else who gets a little upset about such things. Most people seem to be in a fog, not only about language, and not only people who are uneducated (as you point out). Most people do not know when to use "who" or "whom". Or "farther" as opposed to "further." "Should of" is of course never correct. "Should've" is a contraction of the words should and have, so technically it is grammatically correct, maybe. Some experts say that if you do not reduce the number of syllables with a contraction then don't do it, as in this case. But, one thing that makes the contraction rule tricky is when to use it. For instance, if you are writing a school paper or a formal letter (say for instance, to your boss, a teacher, or a someone in a higher position), you should never use contractions because they look less professional than typing out the non-contraction (should have).
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Old 02-25-2011, 10:37 PM
 
Location: New England
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I just got another mangled e-mail from a high level manager with a Master's degree:

"Your welcome"

That's ticking me off just as much as "could of."
My welcome? What about my welcome? Don't leave me hanging--is my welcome going to be something special?

I agree, that is very stupid sounding and shouldn't be coming from an educated person.
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Old 02-26-2011, 08:51 AM
 
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I'm still cranky that people are now allowed to use "loan" as a verb instead of "lend", so you can imagine how my head spun around when a man on Judge Judy said he'd borrowed his friend some money.
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