Friday, November 30, 2012

'Should of' & Could of'

First of all, let me tell you, I am from a country that has a language of it's own. But even if English is not my native tongue, I know for a fact this is WRONG. And it bugs me.

Even this makes more sense
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I don't know how many people has noticed this but recently I have been seeing these phrases? 'should of' and 'could of', like everywhere. They mostly seem to appear in the comment sections of different websites. 

When I first started reading it, I didn't know how to make sense of it. I mean I couldn't even guess what they were trying say. I just thought it was a new thing that I hadn't heard of yet. So, in an attempt to educate myself, if you will, I looked it up. And laughed out loud.

Turns out, it's not a new thing. They are trying to write "should have" and "could have". Apparently, they write like that because that's how it sounds like when spoken. Further reading showed that they also use "must of" and "would of". Seriously?! Why not just write should've or could've instead?

I love the English language. I started reading at a very young age and I preferred the English books. I still do - I have a huge collection

Now, I know it's not a big deal to most people, and I don't write or speak perfect English (I'm allowed, cos it's not my language, right?), but it really bugs me when people make gigantic grammatical errors. I don't mind the little ones, but when you make errors like said above, I just want to ask why? Did they not go to school? Have they never read a newspaper? Or they just don't care. 

I have this one twitter follower, she must be about 13 or 14 so I'm assuming she's in high school, and she doesn't seem to know the difference between you're and your or than and then. It's just sad.

I am no one to judge but English is the one universal language we have. I'm afraid that these deliberate errors may become so popular that they may eventually be accepted into the language. Wouldn't that be awful?