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To judge people who use could of/should of/would of?

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sneezingwakesthebaby Sat 09-Feb-13 18:59:21

Am I being unreasonable?

I suppose I am a bit because someone could have any form of difficulty which affects their grammar.

But generally, I still form an opinion about someone and what type of person they are just based on their use of "of" instead of "have". I don't decide to do this. It just automatically happens when I read it.


ilovesooty Sat 09-Feb-13 19:45:17

<course> grr.

PickledInAPearTree Sat 09-Feb-13 19:45:55

Sooty you make it sound like a heinous crime!



maddening Sat 09-Feb-13 19:46:10

Tis a silly thing to get judgemental about - think what you like of course as long as the individuals you judge aren't aware of your thoughts then no one is hurt.

OutragedFromLeeds Sat 09-Feb-13 19:46:25

Sorry pickled I just assumed that when you said 'I just type on my phone on here with my thumb. If I get the odd typo I'm not going to get worked up over it, it's a chat forum.' it was in relation to the OP! IME that's how it works, someone posts an OP and then the comments are usually in relation to that. My mistake though if it was a random, unconnected comment.

LRDtheFeministDragon Sat 09-Feb-13 19:46:44

Why wouldn't you write 'of' instead of 'have'? confused

As I say, I wouldn't as in my accent they don't sound the same, but for lots of people they are homophones, so easily confused.

usualsuspect Sat 09-Feb-13 19:48:22

I feel like writing could of on purpose all over mn when ever this thread crops up.Which is fairly often.

PickledInAPearTree Sat 09-Feb-13 19:48:41

Alright outraged don't be outraged.

ilovesooty Sat 09-Feb-13 19:48:51

I'm not talking about "heinous crimes". I'm considering the different processes that go on when people write/type. I wasn't judging how that process takes place or the people in question. You would type "could of" and make a conscious decision to do so if you were unaware that it is incorrect.

hermioneweasley Sat 09-Feb-13 19:48:54

It grates on me too. When accompanied by a long rambling post with "yeah but no but yeah" I picture vicky pollard.....and judge.

OutragedFromLeeds Sat 09-Feb-13 19:49:12

because they're completely different!

They sound similar spoken, but they don't look similar written down, the letters are not close together on the keyboard. I don't think it can be a typo.

OutragedFromLeeds Sat 09-Feb-13 19:50:14

pickled I was apologising. You can't be outraged and apologetic at the same time grin

LRDtheFeministDragon Sat 09-Feb-13 19:50:22

But some typos are homophone confusions, aren't they? Like 'two' and 'too' - those letters aren't close together either.

I think it would depend whether you are strong aural, or strongly visual, in the way you learn spellings.

Flisspaps Sat 09-Feb-13 19:50:45

YANBU. DH did it the other day hmm

ShellyBoobs Sat 09-Feb-13 19:51:40

Your not been unreasonable.


PickledInAPearTree Sat 09-Feb-13 19:52:30

Well it's not something I do. But I can see how it happens, I don't take massive care what I type on here and if someone genuinely gets a bit confused as speaking you would say could've which can sound very much like could of, I'm not going to judge them.

That was a long old sentence.

DreamsTurnToGoldDust Sat 09-Feb-13 19:52:58

I judge people who judge people because of their grammar and spelling, and I sneer at their sneering.

PickledInAPearTree Sat 09-Feb-13 19:53:48

Oh yes!

Sorry it's all this talk of grammar it makes me twitchy.

aftermay Sat 09-Feb-13 19:55:01

Should ov, could ov...

Bought and brought used wrongly...

I've only noticed this these past couple of years. What's happening? Standards, eh?

MrsDeVere Sat 09-Feb-13 19:55:41

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

PickledInAPearTree Sat 09-Feb-13 19:55:55

I was taught hardly any grammar at school. I had to learn on the mean streetz.

usualsuspect Sat 09-Feb-13 19:56:01

I would say could ov.

kerala Sat 09-Feb-13 19:56:18

Our headteacher got the lesser/fewer thing wrong in his newsletter. I was shock but even worse I was the only one that was shock.

OutragedFromLeeds Sat 09-Feb-13 19:56:38

'I think it would depend whether you are strong aural, or strongly visual, in the way you learn spellings. '

That could be true.

When I see posters use 'should of' though, they use it consistently throughout the post/s so it's not a case of being a typo in the majority of cases I've seen.

If you always use two instead of too, I don't consider that a typo.

aftermay Sat 09-Feb-13 19:56:49

Having said the above, even my own children have started doing this. Aargh! I should of known it'd happen.

BumpingFuglies Sat 09-Feb-13 19:59:36

You can't be outraged and apologetic at the same time
Nah but you can be enraged and apopleptic - I do love that word

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