I know this is something that Mitchell and I have touched on before, but I was thinking today, how awful the standard of English (in England anyway, no idea what it's like elsewhere in the world) is in places absolutely appalling, it really winds me up no end.
The worst of which I could think of being highlighted below..
1) "I would of gone home".
No no no no no, this does not make any sense whatsoever, why people can't say "would've" or "would have" like they should is beyond me.
2) "Get off of the chair".
Dire again, why people feel the need to add the "of" on the end really baffles me.
3) "I saw a red coloured car"
Again, dire, no need to say coloured, it is a red car ffs, it isn't red coloured.
4) "it was like quite sunny today"
How the hell was it "like" sunny? It either is or it is not. The amount of people who say "its like this" with any number of topics when it is totally unnecessary really gets my goat.
5) "I met/spoke with Dave"
No, you do not speak with someone, you speak to them ffs.
This probably seems pretty petulant on my part, but these are all very basic grammatical errors that are commonplace amongst English speaking people. I know it's not the end of the world, but it's something that I find intensely annoying, and imo raises questions about the teaching of general grammar in schools. I have a Malaysian friend who refuses to believe me when I say he speaks better English than the majority of English people, but i'm not kidding.
And yes, I'm aware I'll get a ribbing if there are any spelling mistakes etc...in there.