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Bad Grammar That Becomes Mainstream!

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by TC6969, Nov 15, 2014.

  1. TC6969

    TC6969 Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    65
    Dec 28, 2007
    Rockledge Florida
    latest example "I seen."

    Absolutely atrocious, but seems to be getting quite popular even though it makes one sound like some kind of illiterate hick.

    "I seen your Daddy yesterday!"

    "I seen that same pistol at the gun show."

    "I seen it before, but I don't remember where."

    It seems like overnight, this ridiculously bad phrase has popped up in our collective vocabulary and become totally acceptable grammar.

    Whats up with that?
     

  2. dsutton24

    dsutton24 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Dec 29, 2010
    Illinois
    It's been common around here for fifty years that I know of.
     

  3. jbmando

    jbmando Poster Extraordinaire

    Same here. I try not to let it bother me but it does. If you say anything you're the Grammar Police. I call it dysparticiplia - incorrect usage of participles. It includes using the past tense when the past participle is appropriate, as in "Should have went."
     

  4. Brad Pittiful

    Brad Pittiful Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Dec 22, 2008
    Philly Burbs
    see seen saw
    lay lie laid
    there their they're
    two too to

    so many of these arent used correctly
     

  5. Rich_S

    Rich_S Friend of Leo's

    Dec 29, 2006
    Potsdam, NY

  6. Gautfrid

    Gautfrid Banned

    Aug 25, 2013
    England
    Irony?

    I hope. :rolleyes:
     

  7. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Must be a regional thing. The only time I hear people talking like that is when they're pretending to be hillbillies.
     

  8. Mid Life Crisis

    Mid Life Crisis Friend of Leo's

    Jan 12, 2007
    Cambridge, England
    That's easy for you to say.
     

  9. jbmando

    jbmando Poster Extraordinaire

    That's 'cause I made it up.:p
     

  10. simonsp

    simonsp Friend of Leo's

    Jan 13, 2013
    England

  11. dlew919

    dlew919 Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 6, 2012
    Sydney
    Could of... It's could've. Same thing for 'should'.

    Disinterested is not uninterested.

    I know language grows and changes, but seriously...
     

  12. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Banned

    897
    Jun 27, 2012
    Toronto
    Same here. Hope it remains that way.
     

  13. AirBagTester

    AirBagTester Friend of Leo's

    Nov 7, 2010
    Maryland
    "Normalcy." Yeah, okay I guess it was a word even before Warren G Harding made it cool again in his 1920 speech, but c'mon man, let's all just agree that "normality" is the more grammerly? Peeps be gettin all archaic... let's have a return to normality. For serious.
     

  14. Gautfrid

    Gautfrid Banned

    Aug 25, 2013
    England
    I lament the demise of the apostrophe, and conversely, of its misuse.
     

  15. kelnet

    kelnet Telefied Ad Free Member

    Apr 17, 2008
    Port Moody, BC
    38 years ago, a teacher told me that lend is a verb and loan is a noun.

    "Did you lend Steve your guitar?"
    "I took out a loan to buy that new amp."

    However, I don't think anyone now complains about the use of loan as a verb.

    "Can you loan me your rake?"

    And yet, to me, it sounds just as wrong as the improper use of seen.

    One thing I don't understand is the regional misuse of anymore.

    "I only play my Squier anymore." That's just weird.

    "I only play my Squier nowadays." "I don't play my Fender anymore."

    But hey, I'm just a English teacher, right? So, like, wha-du-I-know?
     

  16. The Bone

    The Bone Friend of Leo's

    Apr 11, 2003
    Sacratomato
    Kelnet, sorry to be dumb, but since when is "to loan" not a verb?
     

  17. kelnet

    kelnet Telefied Ad Free Member

    Apr 17, 2008
    Port Moody, BC
    to lend

    Loan has always been a noun, but it has also been used as a verb for a very long time.

    Lend has always been a verb.
     

  18. The Bone

    The Bone Friend of Leo's

    Apr 11, 2003
    Sacratomato
    I believe there is a whole 'nother thread about this subject here somewhere!
     

  19. flathd

    flathd Friend of Leo's

    Jan 29, 2008
    Twin Cities,MN
    Easy to fix,

    Are they misusing seen, or I ?
     

  20. The Bone

    The Bone Friend of Leo's

    Apr 11, 2003
    Sacratomato
    I'm just interested to know when was the verb loan declared a verb? Recently?
     

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