“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.
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:
“I got a birthday coming up.” “Do you got any rice?”
“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:
No one takes anything anywhere; the bring it.
“I’ll bring the papers when we go.” “I have to bring Fred to Veronica’s.”
“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.)