Grammarly Day

Captain’s Log    5,912

I am feeling grammarly today.  As if that’s a word.  It isn’t.


I love that.  

Here’s a few more that seem to have grown up in the sidewalk cracks of California.

It happened on accident.  BY accident!  BY accident!

He thumbed his nose at John and I.  John and ME!  John and ME!

And so many more.  It makes me crazy.  The first time I heard “on accident,” I almost fell over.


Filed under Captain Poolie's observations

22 responses to “Grammarly Day

  1. poundheadhere

    I agree with Dangermouse – up to a point. Usage dictates form, blah blah blah. However, usage also (sadly) dictates job opportunities, living arrangements, and more. This is true in other English-speaking nations. If you speak clearly and can express yourself clearly in writing, you’ll always have a leg up on anyone who can’t.

  2. susanna

    I’m with you Poola, it’s evolving into stupid. There is a new talk show in the morning on TV. Five black gals. If you want to see where language is going, tune in. Ummhumm.

  3. Look at that. You have stirred everyone up.
    It used to be “I.” Ah well. Yes, there’s lots of those these days. Guaranteed to irritate. When I remember them, I’ll let you know. LOL

  4. How about the abbreviations for words like Champ for champagne, or delish for delicious or so many others…….and if you don’t understand, then YOU are considered out of the “norm”! As if! LOL

  5. Welcome to English, an ever-evolving LIVING language, where the only thing constant is change. You pedants can scream and yell at the tide all you want, it’s still gonna come in. Unless we institute the equivalent of the L’Académie française here, you’re going to have to accept (if not like) it. Might as well relax and marvel at the process instead of being consumed by bile.

    Remember: usage ultimately determines grammar, not the other way around. Much as we like to think otherwise. Go back to some hundred year old textbooks and see how much of what was previously “correct” has now been abandoned or modified. No one follows the “don’t end on a preposition” rule any more for instance – even you. Rejoice that soon “your” and “you’re” will soon be distilled down to a single, easy to remember “yer”, and “they’re” “there” and “their” will follow suit with an amalgam of their own. It’ll be great – Grammar Nazis can stop bellowing in indignation at their misuse then!

    Breathe, Poolie. Just breathe 🙂

  6. Patty O'

    Ah, you are so right. It saddens me. But it is the careless and willful misuse of language that offends me the most.

  7. Amazing, isn’t it? English isn’t really that difficult, but most people don’t feel it’s necessary to learn to use it. Maybe what’s truly amazing is that, right or wrong, we still manage to figure out what they mean.

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