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To hate it when people miss out the word 'to'

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fiveacres Tue 26-May-15 07:08:29

DS has picked it up.

'Hey, Mum, I want to go Florida!'
'you want to go TO Florida!'
'Yeah, that's what I said. I want to go Florida and -'


I noticed this when I was teaching and it drove me crazy then - 'Can I go toilet?'


So am I being ridiculously anal or does anyone else loathe this? I also can't stand 'etc etc' which seems to be another thing DS is bringing home from school.

hamiltoes Tue 26-May-15 07:10:21

As a scot who rarely uses the word to unless its the number two YABU grin

Sirzy Tue 26-May-15 07:11:20

In guessing it's a regional type thing as it's not something that generally happens here.

TeacupTravels Tue 26-May-15 07:11:45

Yup. Add "needs gone" or 'needs done" to the list....

RaskolnikovsGarret Tue 26-May-15 07:14:49

I don't know anyone who says any of these things, but they sound awful.

eurochick Tue 26-May-15 07:15:43

Very common around here (London/South East).

fiveacres Tue 26-May-15 07:16:11

It's possible it is a 'northern' thing, if one counts anything up from Birmingham as North smile

fiveacres Tue 26-May-15 07:17:30

Funny cross post!

I've noticed it in both the west midlands and the north west. I hadn't considered it might be a regional thing - more a lazy, sloppy speech thing <glaring at DS who isn't awful, by the way> wink

usualsuspect333 Tue 26-May-15 07:19:39

It's a regional thing. I miss out the word to all the time.

BagsyThisName Tue 26-May-15 07:20:15

I thought it was an American thing that the yoof over here have picked up

LindyHemming Tue 26-May-15 07:20:20

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

insancerre Tue 26-May-15 07:21:19

I don't know anyone who speaks like that and I live in the north

ScrambledEggAndToast Tue 26-May-15 07:21:49

Where I'm from people say:

'I was led in bed'
I was led over there'

At first I thought I had misheard them but when the second person wrote it in a text message, I know that I wasn't wrong. Make's me angryangry

fiveacres Tue 26-May-15 07:23:32

Possibly Bagsy. No idea where it's from. but I wish it had stayed there!

Wibblypiglikesbananas Tue 26-May-15 07:23:46

Ditto insancerre - another northerner here.

Sirzy Tue 26-May-15 07:25:54

I'm north west and don't see it much. More something I would associate with Yorkshire

Redhead11 Tue 26-May-15 07:26:35

thankfully i've never heard that. My late DM was a teacher and used to confound the children who would come over and ask 'do you have a pencil?' by replying 'yes, thank you.' What they wanted was to borrow a pencil, but until they asked correctly, they didn't get one. For some of the kids, it took a very, very, very long time before they twigged and often only because another child, who had already gone through this process, clued them in.

the one that gives me rage is saying how instead of why. Very common in the Scottish Borders particularly.

RebeccaCloud9 Tue 26-May-15 07:27:34

I thought it was an Essex thing, they ALL say it on TOWIE, winds me up every time!

Rivercam Tue 26-May-15 07:28:31

I feel the same way about the Tesco strapline Every Little Helps.

Little is an adjective, so surely it should be Every Little Bit/saving/... Helps. It just sounds wrong to me.

fiveacres Tue 26-May-15 07:28:55

Well, we are not in Yorkshire, although I used to live in Cheshire.

I do have memories of witnessing a child talking, politely saying 'X please stop talking,' and being met with a furiously indignant 'HOW was I talking?'


HappyFaceAndLovelyHair Tue 26-May-15 07:29:07

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

RebeccaCloud9 Tue 26-May-15 07:29:57

(I know, I know, if I'm going to watch TOWIE, what do I expect?!)

fiveacres Tue 26-May-15 07:30:49

Well, rebecca ... wink Although I watch Dance Moms so I can't really talk!

bungmean Tue 26-May-15 07:31:27

Not a Yourkshire thing. We are very proud of our t'

bungmean Tue 26-May-15 07:31:57


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