I will freely admit that I am a Grammar Natzi. But, honestly, don't the schools teach grammar, any more? Have they taken English out of the curriculum? Does anyone remember how to diagram sentences? Back at the dawn of time, when I was in school, every time we had to write a paper of any sort for any class, points were taken off for spelling and grammar. Not any more, apparently.
I find myself yelling at the television set many times a day, correcting grammar mistakes made by virtually everyone, from newscasts to commercials. I realize that my own grammar is not perfect, by any means, but there are a few basics that everyone should know. Aren't there???
I have several pet peeves concerning grammar usage.
For instance, the people who insist upon "continuing on", when they are actually just "continuing". Of course, they go "on." You can't continue back. By the same token, when you go back, you simply "revert." No one reverts forward, so there's no need to "revert back."
And, how about the use of "went" when you mean "gone." There's nothing correct about a sentence stating that "She has went to town to buy a apple." "A" apple? "A" apple? Noooooo. It's "AN" apple. "She has "gone" to town to buy "an" apple."
Consider the use of "I" and "me," "her" and "she," "me" and "myself". "Her" and me went to town. NO "She" and "I" went to town. They brought back some candy for him and "myself." NONONO. For him and "me." I bought candy for "myself." They bought candy for "me." It's not really that complicated.
Don't get me started on what political correctness has done for grammar. Time was when the word "man," used in certain situations, was a kind of generic word referring to "mankind" or "humankind" in general. In those cases, the word "man" was genderless. Stay with me, here.
Now, look what has happened because of political correctness run amok. Take the sentence, "Everyone knows "their" own name." This is wrong, wrong, wrong. But, it is widely accepted, because the proper form would be, "Everyone knows "his" own name." "Everyone" is singular. "Their" is plural. Consequently, the word "his" in the correct version, refers to "man" in the genderless sense, covering, well, everyone, male or female. If "everyone" refers to a roomful of only men, then "his" would be correct and refer to the gender of the listeners. Conversely, if "everyone" refers to an all-women group, then, "her" would be correct. Get it? Got it? Good.
I have only uncovered the tip of the grammatical iceberg, but I'm getting a migraine, and besides, if I listed all of the grammatical mistakes I hear every day, this blog would be much too long, and dull. So, I'll just assume that I have made my point, and shut up, now.
In another blog post, someday, I'll address my disgust with the total lack of knowledge of Geography among the younger generations. And, History. Or, not. I have a feeling that this way lies madness. I know it causes migraines.