Me as a kid: “Me and David are going to play hide and seek.”
My mom: “David and I….”
My students: “Me and Tanya are going to the mall on the weekend.”
Me: “Tanya and I….”
My neighbor: “Me and Tom are going on a cruise.”
Me, suppressing a sigh: “Oh, that sounds lovely.”
My students: “I’m gonna get a puppy for my birthday.”
Me: “I’m going to get….”
Sports announcer: “He’s gettin’ to be a really good quarterback.”
Me: “Getting! Getting!”
Elderly lady at the gym: Do you wanna hear sumin interesting?”
Me: Cringing and biting my tongue. “Hm?”
Language evolving or just sloppy grammar? Maybe I’m old fashioned, but this cavalier usage of language feels like a dumbing down of our universal intelligence. Voilà becomes walla. Is walla even a word? How does the song go? “Ooh, ee, ooh ah ah. Ting, tang, walla walla bing bang
Our written language is just as bad. Punctuation and capitalization have fallen by the way side. We’ve gone back to a sort of hieroglyphic with letters and emojis instead of words–real words.
And writers, please, please, please stop using the word “would” for habitual action in the past.
“Every weekend when I was a kid, my dad would take me to the corner store for a treat.” NOOOOOOOOOOOO. Just say: “Every weekend when I was a kid, my dad took me to the corner store for a treat.”
Okay, I’ve had my rant. Your turn. What are your pet peeves with this evolution of language we are experiencing?