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Q: Can I get an extensive list of annoying grammatical errors, please? February 16, 2006

Posted by boltzmann in Uncategorized.
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A: I don’t know. Can you? If you can: well done! If you can’t, I’m very sorry but you shall have to try harder next time.

Pardon? Would you like me to give you a list of errors? In that case, you should have asked, “please may I have a list of grammatical errors?” and I would have been happy to oblige. Here I am, anyway, bestowing such a list upon you.

1. People who ask for something by saying “can I get … ?” when they mean “please may I have … “. This one has even begun to encroach into my everyday language.
2. When A asks B, “have you got (an arbitrary object)?” and B replies “I do”. What? You do got the object? That makes no sense! To be fair, A should have asked, “do you have … “, to which the answer would have been “I do (have)”.
3. The possessive apostrophe included in “it’s”, as in “the badger cleaned it’s fur”, which shouldn’t be there. Sort it out!

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1. Chelle - February 16, 2006

I’ll add another… what about when people say ” I ain’t done nuffin”? Stupid double negative! The sad thing is these mistakes are becoming so common that they are becoming accepted. Madness!

2. Neil - February 16, 2006

Have you only just started moaning about this?

I’ve been annoyed by this sort of thing for years …

3. Boltzmann - February 16, 2006

I, too, have been moaning about it in “real-space” (as opposed to “blog-space”) for ages. I thought it worth mentioning though. The “can I get ” and “I do [got]” ones seem relatively new to me, however. I can’t imagine that they are more than two years old in the UK.

I wouldn’t be surprised if they have come from the USA, and are a few more years old there!!

Another one is “oh my days”. Christ!

4. Chelle - February 16, 2006

“My bad”

5. Neil - February 17, 2006

“Can I get” is more than two years old my friend.

Someone I knew in 1995 used to say it all the time and that’s 11 years ago.

6. Boltzmann - February 17, 2006

Well, I feel somehow relieved not to have encountered it until relatively recently. It also seems that “oh my days” is confined to schools and (probably) council estates!!

“My bad” is a very annoying one indeed.

7. Neil - February 17, 2006

I kind of like “get out of the way already!” and “Come on already!”

But only if said with a mock Yank accent.

8. Anthony (Underground Masker) - February 17, 2006

“Right now” is the worst one, when said instead of “at the moment”, “just now” or equivalent.

“I am, like, *SO* annoyed with that right now!!”


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