Tuesday, January 3, 2012

There's ME... and then, there's everybody else!

Lately, it seems like everybody now says, "Me and my friend" instead of, "My friend and I".  I mean you never hear it said correctly anymore!

I cringe when I hear public figures making this error. It's become so ingrained in mainstream communication, I believe it's past the point of no return. To always put yourself before the other person has become the rule.

Some might call that assertiveness, but I call it a sorry sign of the times.


10 comments:

Teresa Evangeline said...

My mother always would correct me by saying, "There's no such person as Me-an. Always say the other person's name first!"

I make other mistakes, but not that one.

Ms Sparrow said...

Good point, Teresa. I'm so grateful that I had a mom who corrected my grammar mistakes. I believe that poor grammar really limits a person's options in life.

Linda Starr said...

ain't that the truth, oops I mean isn't that the truth. Ha. I am sure I make many other mistakes, but not this one. Happy new year to you and yours.

Ms Sparrow said...

OK Linda, I use "ain't it the truth" as well. For some reason, it just seems like the correct way to say it!

^..^Corgidogmama said...

I'm not so sure that mothers bother correcting grammar anymore. Which is SO silly! But...they are not teaching cursive and social skills either...ridiculous!
I'm with you toots!

Ms Sparrow said...

Corgi Mom, I have always felt that a Mom's job is to raise kids to be prepared for life. To be well-spoken and socially adept is a huge asset to a child. I think Twitter and Facebook might be making kids into barely literate misfits in the absence of Mom's who care!

Joanne said...

Appalling, isn't it. Sadly, any young(ish) person one might correct would consider the corrector not to understand grammar.

Ms Sparrow said...

It seems like young people are developing their own tech-speak for texting, etc. I tremble to think where it will all lead!

Kristin said...

What's always bothered me is the phrase, "Where are you AT?"

I'm no English major and teacher like my sister, but the "AT" in that sentence is just plain unnecessary. Drives me bonkers. I also hate when someone pronounces "ask" as "axe." (My sister's stepmother even says it this way).

Kristin

Ms Sparrow said...

Kristin, At a recent writer's group we were discussing the problem of ending a sentence with a preposition.
One humorous guy said that it's OK as long as you add "asshole". As in, "Who you going with..." or "What do you have on..." It's crude, but it does fix the rule in your mind!