Wednesday, October 15, 2008

So disagreeable...

I'm in a little bit of a disagreeable mood today. I don't wanna go to work. I wanna stay home and work on my damn novel. I wanna sleep in, get up and write until approximately 8:22 PM, and then watch the Phillies/Dodgers game. But I can't. 'Cause I've got to go to work. Hence the reason I'm disagreeable today. And as long as I am disagreeable, how 'bout we deal with some other stuff that's not agreeing particularly well?

This picture comes from ERIN. The jury were taken*? How about the jury was taken...?

(Hat tip to Echidna Girl, who commented that this is only a no-no in American grammar. In British grammar, though, this phrasing is perfectly acceptable!)

And this little abomination comes from ANNALEE. Two agreement issues in one little screenshot! Oh my! First we have a unknown boat (it should be an unknown boat, of course), and then we have electric vehicles (plural) allegedly becoming the next "it" car (singular)!

Can't the words in these sentences just learn to get along? (And can't the writers of said sentences get some decent grammar skills?)

Thanks to ERIN and ANNALEE for these very disagreeable pictures!

1 comment:

echidna girl said...

Sorry but in the UK where this picture was taken "the jury were taken" IS proper English. The difference is between American and British English.

For example see any BBC News website which includes references such as team sports in the plural (Belarus "Are" expected to beat the UK in tomorrow's match), etc.