What is it with swum and swam?
Sunk and sank?
I just read in Meanjin (respected literary journal for writers and those interested in writing) a "sunk" when a "sank" was called for.
Why can't people — why aren't people taught to — differentiate between the simple past tense (I swam the Channel) and the past participle (I have swum the Channel)? The boat sank and the boat has sunk?
Is it so effing difficult?
Is the past participle on its way out? Do kids get taught about past participles? I often read "showed" when "shown" is needed.
:: And why do some young people use "then" when they mean "than"? Do they actually know there is a word, "than"? Do they get taught this?
Don't get me started on "your" and "you're", "its" and "it's" (I was seven when my teacher taught us about this — it IS NOT HARD), "lie" and "lay", and in the US, the almost universal use of "insure" when they mean "ensure".
I am in them.
:: And, between you and I*, what about the almost consistently incorrect use of the subject pronoun when the direct object pronoun is called for? Could you explain this to my readers and I*?
Do people think the word "me" is rude, or disrespectful, or informal? WTF is it?
Is is the Queen's fault? And she's the mon-uch, not the mon-ahk.
:: What do broadcasters, TV reporters, radio news people mean by as-AH-lum seekers?
And WTF is p-AH-sta? The Italian staple I know does not rhyme with master or faster. Grrrr.
:: And note to TV and radio journos - where TF are Wesperance and Weast Timor? As in: "Asahlum seekers will be sent to Weast Timor instead of being allowed to disembark in Ausraya."
And in: "The premier will fly to Wesperance."
:: Phew. I do feel a lot better now. I can get showered, get dressed, and go to work and deal with some of the above in a proper, grown-up fashion.
:: But I have to tell you: I also just saw on the morning news show that one of the humbler, soccer-playing nations has discovered an octopus that can predict the scores of soccer games. Finally! A way to make the game slightly interesting!
* My point, exactly!