Pleaded or pled? You decide…Isn't anyone under 60 bothered by this bastardization of our American language?
What in the world is happening to the English language? Whatever happened to past tense words such as "pled?" These days "pleaded" has taken over.
"Pleaded" instead of "pled?" That doesn't even roll off the tongue easily.
From the Internet, I read (notice... I didn't say readed) a piece by a person decrying the grammatical gaffe. He wrote, "The defense attorney saided, 'He pleaded guilty to being bleeded all over after he shooted the plaintiff.'”
That was good for a laugh but does a fair job of showing how ridiculous the word "pleaded" is in matters involved in court cases.
Additionally, I recall, from years ago, people made presentations. The first syllable in "presentations" rhymed with the word "says." Now speakers seem to all be making PREEsentations.
I guess it's of small consequence but noticeable to those of us who had the old pronunciation drummed into us by teachers who made their point with an active and accurate yardstick.
Call me picky but I groan every time someone says, or writes, 24/7. I seems to me that the words "24 hours a day, 7 days a week" have more punch.
If you were advertising your business as being open for business around the clock, "24/7" just doesn't hit a home run.
It requires very little additional breath (or ink) to make the more lasting impression on customers you are hoping to attract by making the complete phrase without downgrading it to an insipid acronym.
Kinda like what they've done to one of the oldest magazines, National Geographic, that they are now calling "Nat Geo."
These days, it has become usual to hear professional speakers commenting that they "could care less" about a given situation. That's absolutely ludicrous. I'm thinking that our language is being influenced by the yuppie language of the "valley girls" including such as "totally" and "just sayin'."
I'm beginning to think that we "could care more" about proper grammar.
Even the Internet connection (America On Line), that unfortunately I chose many years ago and due to many established contacts am reluctant to change, upon my signing on a voice announces "You've got mail."
Is "You have got mail" acceptable grammar these days?
Then... there's the thing about "goin' postal." That's almost understandable ... but what about "goin' viral?"
Everything, these days, is labled as goin' viral?? Dang! That's a whole new phrase. It used to apply to a virus spreading.
I'd love to get my hands on the first person who exclaimed something was "goin' viral."
Everyone in the media has jumped on the band wagon and are mimickin' him or her.
Isn't anyone under 60 bothered by this bastardization of our American language?
Are we all becoming yuppies? Just sayin'.