Friday, November 19, 2010

It's a mad [grammar] world...


Well, this is a new phrase....and since the person used it twice, I think it's a legitimate mistake on his or her part, not just a momentary slip of the person's grammar skills.

I've heard of asking stuff like "What all do I need?" which also isn't really proper grammar--but it's colloquial, and although it sounds a bit awkward, it's a phrase we all understand when we hear it...so it doesn't matter as much that it's not the best grammar.  But "what I all need" is a new one...and a particularly screwy one.  You, question-asker, are one person.  You aren't an "all."  I can understand asking "What do we all need..." (that would be absolutely fine, grammar-wise!), but this "I all" stuff is most definitely not fine.  This Grammarphile does not approve!

Also, I'm not sure the person who answered the question-asker's question could have given a more bland answer.  Had I been the one to answer that question, I'd have said "Glitter, fun eye makeup, dark nail polish...and more glitter, dammit!!!"

2 comments:

Bridgete said...

Yeah, this is definitely a new one. Interesting...

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

"Interesting" is a really nice word to describe it. ;)