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Could of, should of, would of

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HouseworkIsAPain Tue 24-Oct-17 22:21:30

I’m seeing this more and more. I want to shout HAVE HAVE HAVE and I fear I’ll do just that in public one day.

LoveMyLittleSuperhero Tue 24-Oct-17 22:24:00

Thank you!!! This has been on my timeline recently and driving me insane.

paniconthestreetsofdreams Tue 24-Oct-17 22:24:02

So infuriating.

Also people asking for 'advise' sad
I feel a horrible snob but it's grating.

HouseworkIsAPain Tue 24-Oct-17 22:28:28

That tattoo would drive me insane too Love. Is it a RL friend? I imagine it’s in relation to a loss so you can’t even say anything.

HouseworkIsAPain Tue 24-Oct-17 22:29:43

panic, yes people asking for advise. No you can advise me!

A colleague does this at work. Along with using less when he means fewer.

Popchyk Tue 24-Oct-17 22:37:02

You can actually hear people saying it also.

Fearne Cotton on Popmaster today, saying to a contestant "I would of said that". I know she'd deny it, but I know what I heard.

Ken Bruce would never say such a thing. Not a chance.

BuzzKillington Tue 24-Oct-17 22:41:02

It's the most grating grammatical error ever imo.

I see it more and more on here and also on FB from some friends who I assumed had more sense.

That tattoo is just tragic!

Apileofballyhoo Tue 24-Oct-17 22:49:06

Is there something wrong with could've should've would've in speech? Are they unacceptable in writing?

mommybunny Tue 24-Oct-17 22:52:58

Apile, no, to the extent they’re (NOT THIER!) written as you have written them. It is when “‘ve” is changed to “of” that it infuriates.

HouseworkIsAPain Tue 24-Oct-17 22:54:17

Bad Fearne. She should have (of) known better.

I don’t generally get wound up by grammatical errors. It’s understandable that people get things wrong and I’m sure I do too.

But this OF OF OF business is driving me up the wall. How can people not know?! It seems to be creeping into acceptable everyday use.

I’ll spend my old gimmer days in a nursing home shouting HAVE at the nurses and they won’t understand why. They’ll probably think I’ve been at the gin...

HouseworkIsAPain Tue 24-Oct-17 22:56:35

Could’ve, would’ve m, should’ve.

All absolutely fine. But they are to BLAME because people’ve assumed the ’ve sound is an of sound.

loveisagirlnameddaisy Wed 25-Oct-17 09:17:19

Agree. Fearne may have been saying 've not of but the sound is so similar.

mammmamia Wed 25-Oct-17 09:21:36

Drives me crazy as well. Someone needs to start a public information campaign grin

Apileofballyhoo Wed 25-Oct-17 09:57:08

To my ear, there is not a big difference in speech between 'should've' and 'should of' unless the 'of' is really clearly enunciated... I can understand how it is irritating in writing, of course.

HouseworkIsAPain Wed 25-Oct-17 11:52:27

I am starting to hear the difference. To my ear, ‘should of’ is being pronounced as two seperate words. It should be one flowing word of should’ve.

I think people genuinely thing it is should of, would of etc. They don’t appear to realise it’s a shortening for should have and would have.

ourkidmolly Wed 25-Oct-17 11:54:44

It’s totally unbearable but I think that tattoo is desperately sad and it’s inappropriate to have it on a thread like this. Poor parent obviously didn’t know.

HouseworkIsAPain Wed 25-Oct-17 11:55:35

‘Mamma* lets do it, let’s get a compaign going! Actually that seems like an effort. I’ll just come on here to moan smile

Apileofballyhoo Wed 25-Oct-17 23:38:26

Yes, if it's not flowing I can see how you could hear 'of'.

LindyHemming Thu 26-Oct-17 22:24:13

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PerfumeIsAMessage Wed 01-Nov-17 19:29:56

In the phonology of fast connected speech "could of" and "could've" etc would be transcribed identically. That's why the error in orthography has come about.

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