May 31 is ‘National Speak in Complete Sentences Day’
Tomorrow is ‘National Speak in Complete Sentences Day.’ Let me start off by saying, I’m not the grammar police nor am I an elitist when it comes to the English language. Just listen to my show and you’ll hear it.
I have a conversation frequently with people about language and its evolution. Remember the rhyme, “Don’t say “ain’t” your Mother will faint and your Dad will fall in a bucket of paint?” Well now the word “ain’t” is in the dictionary, it's a real word.
There are certain phrases and spellings that weren’t acceptable back when we were in school and now are. I was taught and this was a long time ago, if Chris is having a birthday, it’s Chris’ birthday, not Chris’s birthday. Both ways are grammatically correct I see after quickly checking.
I do have a few pet peeves, one being the pronunciation of across, it’s not “acrossed” the street, it’s “across” the street. I’m not perfect by any means, I'm guilty of writing sentence fragments and I'm guilty of this a lot as well, ending a sentence with a preposition.
There are the obvious things that many of us do, for example, use double negatives and use the the word “good” when the word “well” is proper.
How about you, what annoys you in today’s speech or writing?