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The Oxford English dictionary should add "could of"

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DyslexicScientist Wed 16-Dec-15 14:09:20

Everyone knows what it means, and quite a lot of people use it. Just seems very stuffy to not add it. English is an adaptive language.

They've already added omg and a smiliey face was the word of the year. So they are not adverse to change.

DyslexicScientist Wed 16-Dec-15 14:09:43

And "should of"

overwhelmed34 Wed 16-Dec-15 14:11:07

Yabu fshock

Gottagetmoving Wed 16-Dec-15 14:11:14

It doesn't 'mean' anything.

ghnocci Wed 16-Dec-15 14:12:03

No. No no no no.

TheCarpenter Wed 16-Dec-15 14:12:35


BrianButterfield Wed 16-Dec-15 14:12:55

The OED might well add 'could of'. They are not guardians of the English language, they merely record it's usage. They added OMG as it is a word that is used in English, not because they regard it as 'proper' or believe it should be used.

TheSeptemberIssue Wed 16-Dec-15 14:13:02

Why should they add a lazy alternative which is two letters short of the actual words?

OfaFrenchmind2 Wed 16-Dec-15 14:13:39

Seriously, do people have standards nowadays?

Seeyounearertime Wed 16-Dec-15 14:13:39

Well OP you could of given a definition and you should of really.

BrianButterfield Wed 16-Dec-15 14:13:41


reni2 Wed 16-Dec-15 14:14:31

They should add wha'evva, too then, "Everyone knows what it means, and quite a lot of people use it.".

Indantherene Wed 16-Dec-15 14:15:33

Just because some people can't write correct English doesn't make it right.

Goingtobeawesome Wed 16-Dec-15 14:15:41

No fucking way

Could of is an affectation. It sounds shit. It jars. It's wrong.

MaisieDotes Wed 16-Dec-15 14:16:19

People say "could've", "would've" and "should've" and that's ok.

Writing it down as "could of" is incorrect.

It won't be in the dictionary. Ever.

0PHELIA Wed 16-Dec-15 14:16:25




BrianButterfield Wed 16-Dec-15 14:16:48

They will add any word that gets used sufficiently often to be recognised as a word in English. They do not distinguish between words people approve of or not.

GrouchyKiwi Wed 16-Dec-15 14:17:23


They should add YABU, though.

helenahandbag Wed 16-Dec-15 14:17:39


No! Even seeing it written here makes me want to punch my own teeth out.

YellowOfficeBlock Wed 16-Dec-15 14:17:53

Absolutely no way!!

If I read anything that uses "could of" "would of" etc it just jumps out at me immediately as wrong and then I can't take seriously whatever is being said.

goodnightdarthvader1 Wed 16-Dec-15 14:17:54

No. It's a written mistake based on an aural (hearing) pronunciation. "ve" sounds like "of" to (lazy) ears.

EvaBING Wed 16-Dec-15 14:18:03

No way.

MaisieDotes Wed 16-Dec-15 14:18:50

brian "could of" isn't a word.

0PHELIA Wed 16-Dec-15 14:18:55


overwhelmed34 Wed 16-Dec-15 14:19:16

Next they will be adding 'another thing coming' (ouch hurts my brain just to type!)

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