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Can I bitch?

Well, you know I can, but may I? I just got out of a meeting with a newcomer to the project I'm working on. She's a real go-getter type. She had read ALL the background documentation on the meeting subject, and had a stack of material in front of her. She presented herself as generally smart, thorough, and detail-oriented.

Here's a snippet of her conversation:

"So, by now this functional spec has went from your team to the technical team, who've went over it in detail, and it's already went into 'Ready for Review' status..."

Where oh where have irregular verbs went? I've saw English grammar shift a bit over the 20 years or so that I've was watching, but I haven't ran into such an egregious example before. If I'd have knew the past participle was disappearing, I'd have gave a whole lot less attention in school, you know?

And can you believe I've wrote a journal entry with a "grammar" tag? I'm a hundred years old.

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owzers
Aug. 22nd, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
AAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!! *slaps forehead* I blame it on the alarming number of reality TV shows cropping up. Every time a new one airs, the national IQ drops at least 3 points. Are they still teaching English in school these days? Maybe it's the "no kid left behind" version where they pass the class if the student manages to throw a verb and noun together and make some vague attempt at a sentence. Are the tests all multiple choice perchance? I'm right there with you hon - at least 100 years old, and getting more crotchety by the day!! *hugs you*
emeraldsedai
Aug. 22nd, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
You notice that our most common, basic verbs (to be, to have, to go, to do, and like that) are irregular? These are verbs spoken dozens of times a day by everyone, and even the smallest child typically senses them accurately.

So if these verbs are becoming regularized--that is, simplified--then something very strong and strange is happening in our culture. Because "I write, I wrote, I have written" has been around since about Beowulf, surviving many massive simplifications of the language.

I don't object in principle to the change--what would be the point?--but it seems to be reflecting something rather large and scary in the collective American mind. I'd blame the internet, but I like the internet. So I'll blame Bush. How's that?
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emeraldsedai
Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:59 am (UTC)
Hah! The porn made you do it, huh? I'm sure I've lost a brain cell or two to it myself. And yet I haven't fallen so low as to say, "I've went" or "I seen."

Maybe I just need a little more porn.
roxymissrose
Aug. 22nd, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
You made me laugh out loud--and then your icon slayed me! I *love* it!!!
emeraldsedai
Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:59 am (UTC)
Hee! She gives me a grin too.
serenity_valley
Aug. 23rd, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
DON'T DO THAT EVER AGAIN OR AT LEAST POST A WARNING FOR UNSUSPECTING READERS THAT THE POST CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT'S NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH BECAUSE READING THIS ENTRY ACTUALLY HURT MY BRAIN AND MAY HAVE CAUSED PERMANENT DAMAGE AND IF I START BLEEDING OUT THE EYEBALLS I'M BLAMING YOU.

(Seriously people, WTF with the abuse of the English language? 1337 wasn't enough for you, you had to go torturing spoken language as well? ::headdesk::)
emeraldsedai
Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:53 am (UTC)
Imagine being in the meeting, and wanting to mutter "'gone' you moron, it's 'gone'!" under your breath.

Sorry about the eyeballs.
str8ontilmornin
Aug. 23rd, 2007 01:29 am (UTC)
Umm, no words.....maybe "ouch"...
emeraldsedai
Aug. 23rd, 2007 06:00 am (UTC)
That's a nice, modest, one-word version of your wife's response. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one bugged to pieces by this sort of decline-and-fall stuff.
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emeraldsedai
Aug. 23rd, 2007 08:30 am (UTC)
Hee! It really does. And "all the sudden" for "all of a sudden." And so many other fine, everyday examples.

It's fun being a hundred.
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emeraldsedai
Aug. 23rd, 2007 08:45 am (UTC)
Well, we have to take our fun where we find it.
wedjateye
Aug. 23rd, 2007 11:59 am (UTC)
That finger-nails down the blackboard feeling is yet to abate.

I may be 125.

OTOH, your icon alllmost makes up for it.

*applies liberal brain bleach*
emeraldsedai
Aug. 23rd, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
Oooh, you're right. Nails on blackboard--a sound which has gone the way of irregular past participles, I guess--is exactly the cringe I felt.

I'll see your WTF and raise you a Sean.
silent_sensei
Aug. 24th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
I have the same pet peeve! People who speak or write like that drive me crazy!

Your post about it is hysterical!
emeraldsedai
Aug. 24th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
I have to tell you, all this grammarian solidarity from my flist has made me feel much better about the whole thing. There's hope!
tehomet
Sep. 4th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
Merciful HOUR!

Capslock totally justified, imho. :)
emeraldsedai
Sep. 5th, 2007 06:27 am (UTC)
Hee! See, the beauty of posting a grammar rant on a community journal site is that most of one's readers are, to one degree or another, writers. Plenty of sympathy here!

Nice to see you.
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