Don’t get me started. Oops, too late.

Why do people

  • Use the word “myself” when they should use the word “I?” “Jane, George, and myself worked together to come up with an awkward sentence.” Ugh.
  • Use the word “I” when they should use the word “me?” “My father always told my brother and I to be subjective.” Double ugh.
  • Mix up “saw” and “seen?” “You might have saw this in the woodshed.” “Yes, I seen it yesterday.” OMG.
  • USE APOSTROPHES IN POSSESSIVE PRONOUNS? Especially “its.” I saw this mistake in a booklet from the Foundation for Critical Thinking. Sigh. I have saw this so many times its enough to drive myself  and I crazy. [Feel free to comment, and yes, I left the apostrophe out of “it’s” in that last sentence on purpose.]

6 thoughts on “Don’t get me started. Oops, too late.”

  1. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!! The OMG at the end of the sentence with saw and seen cracked my friend and I up. bahahahahahahahahahaha! Double ugh!

  2. I recently observed one of our student teachers who is teaching High School English and when I asked her about the sentence on the board which read: “What are you good at?” She told me that I was “old-fashioned” and that she had worked as an editor and she did not feel that it was incorrect to end a sentence with a preposition. Interesting! Do the rules of good grammar really change from year to year?

    1. Certainly, things change, but how fast? Some changes in grammar make more sense than others. I learned not to split infinitives, but that convention is pretty much gone, and I don’t suppose it’s that great a loss to the English language. Prepositions, however, need objects. That has not changed; it’s their nature, so to speak.

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