Ok, the snow advisory has nothing to do with the grammar. But it has everything to do with my white-knuckled drive home from work last night. I am not good at this anymore. At least I have my Texas plates right now to make it look as if I have an excuse for driving like a grandma, but they expire at the end of the month, so I'll just have to re-learn winter driving by then. It looks like I'll be getting even more practice on Thursday. Stupid snow. HATE.
So much so, in fact, that when I got in my car after work yesterday and Harry Connick, Jr. was singing Let it Snow, I thought three words that I never would have believed would cross my mind: SHUT IT, HARRY.
Bad impulse: Not buying the $40 snow boots I saw at the mall on Sunday because I had seen some for $20 at Target. Yeah, every other woman in Madison saw them too and bought them before I made it there on Monday. All they had left were two size nines, which is a half size too small.
Good impulse: Going back into my apartment this morning after clearing off my car to get dry jeans, socks, and shoes to change into when I got to work. I can't tell you how pleased I am with that decision since my jeans were wet to the knee, my boots soaked through, and my socks both wet and cold.
But on to grammar. Today, let's talk about words that incorrect people are commonly substituting for the words they should actually be using. Fun!
Should have, people, should HAVE. Not should of. Or would of or could of. It's have in every one.
Similarly, it's all of a sudden, not all the sudden.
Also, you toe the line, you don't tow it. The expression implies stepping up to a line, not hauling it anywhere.
And finally, let's look at a holiday example. Ooh, seasonal! You're to deck the halls with boughs of holly, not balls of it. A bough is a branch. Makes sense, right? (Both of my former roommates would want me to point out here that Holly is the prettiest sight you'll see.)
I know I can safely ask for even more comments on this and not be disappointed. Lord, but you people are geeks. I love it!