“Good English I speak; no excuse for bad grammar, there is.” ... Yoda
Last night I was watching the 6:00 news, and I thought perhaps I was hearing things. The announcer said, "Would have went..." Did I hear him correctly? This morning I received an e-mail from someone at work, and the writer -- an intelligent person -- wrote, "Should of..." It makes my brain hurt when I read things like that. The English language is fluid and it's always changing, but there are certain grammatical rules that should apply, especially to folks in the professional broadcast business.
I'm not a writer, and sometimes I am guilty of using split infinitives, but it seems I am in good company.
"I don't care if he is made to go quickly, or to quickly go--but go he must!" ... George Bernard Shaw
"To boldly go where no man has gone before..." ... Gene Roddenberry
There are so many writing rules that I don't understand, because they don't make any sense. But the spoken word should flow, and it should follow the rules of grammar. The way we speak says a lot about us. I remember when I was a little girl my grandfather told me that we can go anywhere in society if our nails are clean, our buttons are polished and we speak properly. Well, no one polishes buttons anymore, but speaking well is so important.
The other day there was a burglary in Vancouver, in a nice neighborhood with upscale houses. The next-door neighbor was interviewed, and he said, "I seen the guy walking up the sidewalk, and then a few minutes later I seen him come out of the house..."
It hurt my brain.
Another tendency folks have is the misuse of "I" and "me". "He gave the book to John and I." Argh. Weren't they listening in grade six English class?
When I read through the blogs, I am amazed at how many wonderful writers there are out there, and it's a joy to read something that is well-written.
You would never say, "Would have went..." ... would you?