Sunday, November 11, 2007

Americanisms that are just plain wrong English

Drive-thru lawyer, Oswego, Illinois.
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These are things I've heard even educated people say, not just redneckspeak:
  • "Catch up to", instead of catch up with
  • "Waiting on", instead of waiting for. You wait on someone when you fetch them food, beverages, and dessert.
  • "Hat", even for a baseball cap
  • "Cup", even for a whacking great 16 oz mug
  • "That" instead of "who" -- people "that" use bad grammar really "tick me off"
  • "Tick someone off" for when you piss them off. In English English, you "tick someone off" by giving them a piece of your mind, putting them in their place, that sort of thing.
  • "Off of", as in "I copied this off of the innernet", when you really just copied it off the internet.
  • "Innernet", "twenny" and all those other slurs. The lives of millions of T's in the middle of words are in vain in America. They either get substituted by a slurry "d" sound, or vanish altogether. And the poor "d" in "wonderful" has no hope at all -- it is its fate to vanish.
  • "Transportation". Syllables added for no reason. "Transport" works just fine.
  • "Preventative". Another useless syllable. Should we prevent disaster, or preventate it?
  • "Good on you" instead of good for you, when you express approval or appreciation of someone's actions.
  • Dropping "to be", e.g. "My car needs fixed". I've known educated people to write like this. Seems to be a Pennsylvania thing, or maybe Ohio as well.

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