I Hope You’se Guys Enjoy This

Lately I have been listening to people speak and wondering why so many of them are butchering the English language, right front of my eyes, or should I say ears. Now, I am not talking about using large words or speaking with an air of superiority decipherable only by eighty-year-old university professors, but I am referring to everyday language spoken by everyday people.

I cringe every time I hear someone put an ‘S’ on the end of the word ‘you’ or the word ‘all’ and contractions are okay to use from time to time but words like ain't are just not proper. I also get a kick out of words that end in ING, because only too often is the ‘G’ forgotten.

So what is the reason for this, I asked myself? Everyone I know went to school and learned proper grammar and most people know the difference between a noun and a verb, but why is it so difficult to compose a proper sentence during a conversation?

Perhaps it is because we are always in a rush and do not have time to complete a sentence or to think about the proper way to use the English language when conversing. Perhaps texting is the culprit, where typos and spelling mistakes are accepted, in fact, considered the norm.

Spell check on our computers has done for grammar what a calculator did for simple arithmetic. There is also a big movement underfoot to eliminate cursive writing from the education system, which scares me, not because I love writing, but because we are moving very quickly to an age from which we cannot go back.