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To wonder why so many people are misusing the word "brought" lately?

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VioletBam Wed 15-Jun-16 16:26:21

I've been on MN and other forums for about ten years now. I've never before seen SO many people write "I brought a new top..." or "I went to Tesco and brought one of their kettles." etc...instead of bought.

It's a really hard mistake to make in my opinion!

Brought....bought....totally different!

arahia Wed 15-Jun-16 16:29:25

I would understand if they were shortening the word "bought" but they are actually adding an extra letter!

AppleSetsSail Wed 15-Jun-16 16:30:16

I haven't seen this one yet. I'll be on the lookout.

KateLivesInEngland Wed 15-Jun-16 16:30:47

I hate it. It's the one, apart from loosing, that really makes my cheeks clench!!

BossWitch Wed 15-Jun-16 16:31:06

It's because people are fuck wits.

Arkwright Wed 15-Jun-16 16:31:31

Yes I see it on ffacebook all the time.

The one that irritates me is Kerb. You don't have a dropped curb it's kerb.

Bananalanacake Wed 15-Jun-16 16:31:33

been and being gets confused, not just on MN.

VioletBam Wed 15-Jun-16 16:31:43

Isn't it!? Drives me potty. I always have to bite my lip on threads where it appears....but I suppose this thread has stopped my habitual politeness and means I'm rude for correcting people.

Or does it? After all...I'm not pointing to anyone specific!

TheNaze73 Wed 15-Jun-16 16:31:54

You're not being a pedant there at all. It really boils my piss. YANBU

WorraLiberty Wed 15-Jun-16 16:31:55

It does set my teeth on edge, but I don't say anything.

The same as people who are 'loosing' weight...

VioletBam Wed 15-Jun-16 16:33:06

Banana but been and being sound alike in certain accents. Still not an excuse for not noticing they're two different words I suppose!

SaucyJack Wed 15-Jun-16 16:33:20

Maybe it's regional?

I've always heard it in speech from people rahnd 'ere.

DrawingLife Wed 15-Jun-16 16:39:37

I'd assume it was a predictive text error. Easily missed.

Pohara1 Wed 15-Jun-16 16:40:36

Definitely not unreasonable, but then I am a grammar nazi. Facebook sends me round the bend! They're, their and there are three different words!!

A friend of mine posted a photo of her newborn nephew with the caption 'New membr of de family, wll dne to X an Y fr bringin dis bbe in world' But she does butcher the English language anytime she posts anything.

DrawingLife Wed 15-Jun-16 16:41:35

My favourite spelling mistake is "bare" instead of "bear". I always imagine MIL's face when people ask whether they should "grin and bare it" on MN threads...

Lilacpink40 Wed 15-Jun-16 16:43:38

It's ok I can read these posts as I brung my glasses. That's right init?

How many people want to slap me now? wink

usual Wed 15-Jun-16 16:43:57

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RiverTam Wed 15-Jun-16 16:44:34

Spoken I often misuse bought but not written, it just looks wrong! Could be autocorrect though.

BossWitch Wed 15-Jun-16 16:45:12

That's fine, I am a bit of a cunt. wink

usual Wed 15-Jun-16 16:46:41

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Obviouspretzel Wed 15-Jun-16 16:54:45

It's not a mistake though, as in a spelling mistake. People who say it say it all the time, surely you would know it didn't make sense, particularly as this has only recently started happening so some of them must have correctly been saying 'bought' for years before swapping it for 'brought'.

BossWitch Wed 15-Jun-16 16:56:54

They usually are, yes. But I wouldn't be upset if someone thought I was thick based on my inability to use the English language. I'm an adult, I've had access to education, if I can't distinguish between two different words I am either stupid or lazy or both. Or auto correct happened.

usual Wed 15-Jun-16 16:57:23

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usual Wed 15-Jun-16 17:02:12

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BossWitch Wed 15-Jun-16 17:11:17

And I accept your thinking that!

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