I am from the south. I habitually drop some of the worst grammar and slang…ever. I ain’t judging. I walk around talking like I ain’t got no sense. I live in a glass house and should not throw stones. But I’m fixin to thoe some rocks anyway. (yes, I meant to say thoe)
Here are my nominees for the “Slangtastic Hall of Fame”:
- Just sayin’
- A whole nother
- What the?
- Are you being haive?
- You might oughta
- For sell
I plead guilty. This is so far ingrained in my vernacular that I don’t know how I would stop saying it…just sayin’.
Start listening up and you will hear this on tv, at the office, everywhere. Sample sentence: “Kent, why would you stay in this lane when there’s a whole nother lane going faster?”
This is a nice way of saying WTF and I say it so often that my kids are now walking around saying “what the?”.
This time of the year my family is constantly asking children if “they are being haive” because if you are not “being haive” then Santa will not visit.
I say this allofthetime. If you want to sound educated, you might want to avoid this combination of words. If you want to sound sophisticated, you definitely ought to. Sample sentence: “You might oughta turn off the engine before changing the spark plugs.”
It’s the library, people.
If you are selling something then it’s for sale.
Here are my nominees for the “We Got Grammar Hall of Fame”:
- All intensive purposes
- Mute point
- Another words
I love it when people drop this one. The actual phrase is “all intents and purposes”.
The chicken may have crossed the road, but did so by walking across it, duh.
It is “moot point”. Hilarious.
Too many people are being “congradulated” for graduating from high school. I once saw “Congradulations Grads” on a cake and I laughed so hard I wet my pants.
When you attempt to restate yourself or rephrase what you heard, you can preface it by saying “in other words.” The phrase is not “another words.”
If you meant to say “supposedly” then stop saying supposably.
This is not a word and you should not use it if you want to be taken seriously. However, it has gained wide enough use to qualify as a word.
Smarties, I’ll leave you with this…bad grammar gone wild: “My heart feels exspecially broken after he supposably went out with his friends. Irregardless of what he says, I know he’s cheating on me and he should be ashamed of hisself.”
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These are so funny, I can’t even tell you. When I first moved here from FL 14 years ago, I had a client who always said “I might could do that” or “you might could send me a layout please.” I had to look that up – wasn’t exactly sure what the call to action was.
I’m guilty of slipping in an “all intensive purposes” once in a while. Just sayin.
I’m dying. I may be 33 years old, but I speak like a pre-teen. Terrible!! “Irregardless”, I’m trying to stop . . .
Wait a minute – it’s really not “all intensive purposes”??? Just kidding, but I really did only figure that out about 5 years ago. And Coop – I am also very guilty of the “What THE???” and my kids say it too, along with “friggin”, as in “That’s friggin’ hilarious!” Lord help me!!!
True that! Another fave of mine is using “literally” to the extreme. I laughed my butt off… Literally!
When we lived overseas, I had to completely stop using slang and had to loose my southern accent which was difficult. Once I used the phrase “come to Jesus meeting” and afterwards had to explain in detail what that meant. About a week later, I overheard my Asian co-worker telling someone that she was very upset with “so and so” and needed to introduce them Jesus. Love this post.
I mean lose 🙂
So funny Susan! For some reason people I work with preface statemens with: “Not for Nothing” and I totally don’t get it. Not for nothing, but using proper grammar is lame. It often times is completed with an insult or criticism of some kind. Weird!
This is hilarious!! Thanks for the laughs!! I have heard many adults say “True Dat” and I have to stop myself from laughing out loud every time, it will be in normal adult sounding conversation then “true dat” pops out and it cracks me up every time!!
Facebook needs spell check, drives me crazy to see some many misspelled words in statuses, or the wrong form of the word, such as sell and sale.
I am going to listen carefully to everyone today to see if I can hear some of these that I have never heard of before, like “4.Are you being haive?”. That one is hilarious!!
I caught all kinds of grief from my not-southern husband’s family for saying “used to could” – I can’t even write it out without laughing, but it means “used to be able to.” It’s shameful, I know, but it actually serves a purpose. Another one I’ve been hearing a lot lately is “agreeance.” I think it’s popular among reality show contestants, but I actually heard a “professor” say it on NPR the other day.