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It bugs me

November 18, 2009 - Karin Elton
It bugs me when people say, “The people who were in the car were Mary, Sue, Fred and myself.” No. “Mary, Sue, Fred and me!” What’s wrong with the word, “me?” More and more, I’m hearing people say ”myself” when they should be saying “me.” People aren’t sure when to use “I” either. Mary, Sue, Fred and I went to the store together.

A lot of people are shaky with grammar and I am too when it gets to the upper levels of grammar, but I know the basics. “Myself” is a reflexive pronoun, which reflects a noun or pronoun that you already said. You can only say myself if you have said “I” first. “I cooked dinner for myself.”

A lot of people say real-a-tor when they should say “real-tor.” Even one of the realtors on “Million Dollar Listing,” one of my favorite shows on Bravo, say real-a-tor.

And don’t get me started on the ubiquitous practice of pluralizing with a possessive as in the Olson’s went to the store. No. The Olsons went to the store. And they just bought eggs, not egg’s, so they went to the 12 Items or Fewer counter, not 12 Items or Less!


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