Saturday, June 4, 2011
Like Fingers on a Chalkboard....
*Use these mistakes in your writing to represent some dialect, and use them in ordinary conversation if you so desire, but it's always wise to use Standard English in writing or speaking when the occasion warrants it. I often think that so many of us hear something incorrectly so frequently that we don't always realize we're using Nonstandard English because it's become more-or-less acceptable.
With our Appalachian influence in this section of the country, for instance, I've heard even educated business professionals say while conducting meetings: "I've went to the conference..." and "He has ran..." -- they've probably heard this language this way all their lives and are totally unaware it's Nonstandard English. Perhaps they don't care, but a writer and a speaker should know the difference, as well as when to use each. In addition, I've actually seen two of the following mistakes in the names of two local businesses -- I felt compelled (not because I'm a "wise ass" but because I would want someone to tell me if I did something similar) to call and explain that even though it wasn't my business (literally), I wondered if they realized the names of their companies contained grammatical mistakes, just in case they wanted to correct them.
Easily Corrected Mistakes: Should Be:
Alot a lot
Ice tea iced tea
old fashion old-fashioned
alright all right
to much sun too much sun
he don’t he doesn’t
she has went every week... she has gone every week...
ect. etc. (et cetera = and so forth)
Me and Jim Jim and I (or Jim and me, depending on the situation)
I seen someone leave... I saw someone leave...