Friday, July 31, 2015
I know in my heart and mind I should never let these things bother me.
Right now, all of your pet peeves are spinning around in her mind. You are thinking, Jeez, when someone elses car radio is so loud we can't have a normal conversation in our car, I want to scream. How many more do you have?
Mine are changing Democratic to Democrat, actress to actor, and the misuse of the word myself and me.
Why would I let this ruin my day? Well, I don't, but I do scrunch my eyes together and shake my head.
It is usually a politician, a news anchor, or an expert on some subject, obviously not English or grammar, who makes the mistake. I actually believe it is so misused that soon it will be considered normal usage.
Example: Jim, David and myself went to the fair.
No you didn't. Jim, David and I went to the fair.
Myself and David took the boat for a ride.
No you didn't. David and I took the boat for a ride.
He has red hair, like myself.
No he doesn't. He has red hair like me.
Okay, Let's go over the rule. Take the other nouns out of the sentence. If myself still fits, use it.
Trust me, it won't. Myself took the boat for a ride.
Myself went to the fair.
Okay. I feel better now.
Feel free to leave a comment at the end of this post and let me know what drives you bananas.
We could all use a good laugh.