Quote: Originally Posted by fseal
In both of those cases I think that the word just /sounds/ like it should mean something completely different from what it does, so a lot of people just assume a meaning and use it that way.
Yeah, "sounding right" counts for a lot these days--recently I have been seeing a lot of "would of" for "would've" or "would have". Mouthbreathers, I assume. Probably US college graduates.
My daughter has a great story about working US college grad librarians being unaware that New Mexico is a state.
The conversation goes like this, from one librarian to another, over the phone:
"OK, ship those books to me at yada yada University, yada yada city, New Mexico, zip code 75555".
Responding librarian: "Ooh, cool. I didn't know you had zip codes in New Mexico, just like we do in the United States".
That is a true story and was NOT limited to one dimbulb responding librarian--it occurred repeatedly.
How do you live your life in the USA and not know a certain set of facts? That's a rhetorical question--I know the answer.
And you thought the end was not near?