This one is mainly spoken, but still appalling. The phrase should be “I couldn’t care less”. This makes perfect sense as it states that it would not be possible for you to care less about something, and so it must be completely at the bottom of your mental totem-pole.
However, how many times have you heard “I could care less”. People will even vehemently defend this as being correct! What this means is that it IS possible for something to be less significant to you than whatever it is you are discussing. So, this ascribes importance, where the whole point is to say that whatever it is has NO importance.
It’s “web site”, not “web sight”. This phrase was coined to say “this is the place where this web content exists”. “sight” makes no sense at all. I suspect this has become common because people hear somebody talk about a “web site” and never see it written down. So, let’s blame the English language with it’s ridiculous propensity to have words that sound the same but mean different things. Still, people who get this wrong should still be beaten mercilessly with a fungo bat.
Here’s my theory: People are reading less and spending more time watching TV/Movies.
Sure, this may help to expand vocabulary, but does very little for spelling or grammar. When I was a kid, I used to read voraciously. As a result, I tend to notice spelling and grammatical errors without trying.
Most of the reading kids are doing these days seems to be on-line. If they are reading Wikipedia or other such things, then the quality is fairly high, and it would seem to be a benefit. However, prowling Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, Twitter, and other dross merely exposes them to other people’s sloppy writing.
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In this blog, I shall post my pithy thoughts on inane things in this world of ours. I live in Lake Arrowhead, California, and am originally from England, so most likely my perspectives on things will be somewhat bizarre and unique.
For good measure, I'll also occasionally toss in non-inane things which I (and hopefully you) find amusing or clever. And no, I will not generally be politically correct.
1. lacking sense, significance, or ideas; silly: inane questions.
2. empty; void