I have a Christmas wish. Please help me rescue the English language.

Ban “at.”

  • “Where you at?”
  • “Where’s he at?”

Let’s erase the word from our vocabulary completely. Instead of “He’s at the movies,” we could say, “He’s gone to the movies.”

Then there’s “seen” for “saw.”

  • “I seen him at the post office.”

“Went” for “gone.

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2 Responses to I have a Christmas wish. Please help me rescue the English language.

  1. Normandie says:

    How about the pronoun gaffes? Objective when it should be nominative and nominative when it should be objective. Books flood the stores and submissions hit my desktop laden with “for he and I” when it should be “for him and me,” or “Him and me are going to town” when we need a “He and I…”

    I used to tell my students to try out the plural for sound: us or we. Usually the ear can hear the difference then. One hopes.

    Glad to see your campaign at work. Keep it up.

  2. Emily says:

    Normandie, that’s a great tip. Thanks for adding to the discussion!