We’ve written about the greengrocer’s apostrophe on this blog before, but what about these other people, footballers (known for their use of the perfect when other people would use the past tense in English instead), sports commentators (who seem to favour the flat adverb), estate agents (who allegedly overuse yourselves for you) and television presenters (these ones/those ones): what do these people have in common, and why do they get singled out for these particular language features?
WHAT’S WRONG WITH THEM???
I’d really like to know, and especially from our British readers, so please let me have your opinions!
Ingrid, I tend to look at a website that carries personal ads for classic cars most days (I know, I should get out more!). I have noticed that certain variations/errors do seem to crop up quite regularly, perhaps because of people seeing them in other people’s ads. Is this the sort of “community” that you might like examples from?