There are so many that it's hard to choose, but "mines" makes me twitch. Now, the one that really gets me is a mispronunciation...nuclear...pronounced nucular. I cringe everytime I hear it.
When I was in school we were always told there were two types of speech. One was for use in the playground and with friends, and the other was proper English. We were taught proper English. Now, they think the students will learn it through osmosis. It doesn't work that way, especially in the inner cities, or in places where English is not the first language. English grammar needs to be returned to the curriculum. Many of our students can't compete in the business world because their speech patterns, and grammar are so poor.
I'm right there with you on the re-entry of grammar into our classrooms. I would go a step further and freak everyone out by suggesting we bring Latin and Greek derivatives back into the curriculum so that a new generation of students could develop a working vocabulary. But, that's another post!
We have at least one generation which has been allowed to develop poor grammar habits. But, this is all fixable if the grammar standard is entrenched once again in our daily classroom use. The "town" continually tells the "gown" that communication (all facets- written, spoken and presentation) is the key to job acquisition.
Just found this reference to our on-going discussion about Grammar. This is a blog link that was included in my latest Online ASCD Newsletter. I wanted to share with you.
Duane, thanks for making me laugh with your 10-year-old daughter's comment. All my relatives live in Virginia and they too have amusing words and phrases that you won't find in the dictionary. They do a lot of word combining and shortening. For example, my grandmother’s name is Esther and her niece calls her "Aint Et" which translates to Aunt Esther.
I would have to say that my pet peeves is when people respond on the phone "this is her" rather than "this is she". I get this from my dad because this was one of his many pet peeves.
Well, when me and my friends are at school and someone corrects me! This drives me nuts - but maybe not as much as hearing well educated individuals (particularly broadcasters) who use the reflexive pronoun "myself" incorrectly. Tom and myself are going to school today.
Additionally, it is very popular to use "he goes, she goes" instead of "he said, she said."
I could go on and on about the wrong word choice or pronunciation of a word. What has happened to our beautiful language?
Now, I should the last person to correct anyone's grammar - sometimes I look back at my emails, post and cringe. However, I am with you on the "mines." Any thoughts and unique strateiges you have used to get kids AND adults to understand why MINES is grammatically incorrect?
Hearing people mispronounce words, such as: birfday (birthday), birf (birth), Ofra (Oprah), deaf (death), Roof (Ruth), and so on. What's with that? And, more: Febuary (February), refigerator (refrigerator), ejucation (education), pronounciation (pronunciation), mammeogram (mammogram), to name a few others.
I hate to hear adults (especially professionals) say "conversate" for the word "converse" or "tooken" for the word "taken". UGH! I want to correct them on the spot, but out of respect and the fear of embarrasing them I often don't. Howver, children and family members I will correct immediately!