Went With the Wind

“Went With the Wind” was the title of the hilarious Carol Burnett lampoon of the famous Civil War saga, but Margaret Mitchell or her editors would probably would have named the book that today.

Why?

Because “gone” seems to be missing from the general American vocabulary.

“She should have went yesterday.” “They already went when I got there.” etc.

It’s driving me bonkers.

It isn’t just here, and it recently started. I hear it on TV and in conversations all over.

Other missing words are:

Have

“I got a birthday coming up.”  “Do you got any rice?”

Fewer

“There are less boxes on the shelf.” “Less people are buying those.”

Then the one that has been a real peeve to me for some time now:

Take

No one takes anything anywhere; the bring it.

“I’ll bring the papers when we go.” “I have to bring Fred to Veronica’s.”

NO.

 “Bring” is a motion toward; “take” is a motion away.

Someone can say, “Bring the candy with you when you when you come”, because the person speaking is wherever the candy will end up, it is coming to them. However, whoever has candy  will be taking it away from where they, themselves, are. They can’t say, (shouldn’t say because, apparently they can actually say, or I would not be ranting), “We will bring the candy to her.”

But they do, oh, they do say it all the time

and I want to tear my hair out.

Have you noticed these words have went away?

Do you know who brings them away?

Do you see less people using correct words?

Do you got any ideas about them?

(I hear that the mental hospital in Louisville is very nice.)

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About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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6 Responses to Went With the Wind

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    yes, I’m bothered by all your examples… among MANY others.
    Here’s one I’ve heard more than once, “Mom just got her hair did.”
    And my favorite to hate: “I seen one of those at the mall yesterday.”
    But of all the abuses of our Americanized English language, this one still sticks out to me because I heard it often from a library colleague who briefed middle school kids on tours of the new library facility we’d opened in 1980 in Shreveport. The gentleman — who (like me) had endured the rigors of graduate library school — exclusively referred to our facility as the LI-BERRY.
    And he’d use the word numerous times in each tour.
    I’m gritting my teeth now, as I recall the horrid sound.

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  2. trishafaye says:

    Very interesting! I’m going to have to pay closer attention. (Probably to myself also, as I’m likely guilty of one or more of these!)

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  3. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I feel your pain! It sure can set your teeth on edge.

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