I am a grammar Nazi. I admit it.
My mom, a teacher, raised us to speak properly. I remember answering the phone at Fort Monroe, VA at 5 saying, "Captain Galvin's residence, Annie speaking." My mother spent a lot of time teaching me to do that.
She drilled us in grammar and syntax. I disliked it as a child. However, as I grew up, I appreciated her instructions very much. I ended up doing well in job interviews and in expressing myself.
So it is in that spirit that I offer this: Peeps...The term is not "LIKE I said." The proper term is "AS I said."
I'm hearing this term often with professional newscasters. It makes me cringe. Someone used "like I said" on Friday on the Fox News noon show, "Outnumbered."
These are all smart, well-educated women (with one rotating male guest) who have no excuse for not using proper grammar.
Just to be an equal opportunity grammar snob, I also hear this term constantly on the Today Show on NBC.
Thus, my dear friend Debra's very well-written blog is As I See It Now and not Like I See it Now.
Let me get the following other issues off my chest:
1. Your - belonging to you
You're - contraction for you are.
2. There - at that place
Their - belonging to them
They're - contraction for they are
3. To - preposition indicating direction of motion
Too - also
Two - the number after one
4. Using the term "I seen" when you mean "I saw."
5. Here - at this place
Hear - what your ears do
6. Using the word "like" as an oral connector for no
So like I went to the store and there weren't any
avocados and like I was jonesn' so much for
some guac. So my Mom was like all up in
my grill and like she said to just like move on
and like get some clam dip instead. Like, I don't
7. Here's a favorite: "He don't know any better." Please
peeps it is "He doesn't know any better."
8. Its - belonging to it
It's - contraction for it is.
Finally, we need to remember that "apostrophe s" after a word ('s) as in the word pump's above, means "that which belongs to the pump" as in "That pump's notice is grammatically incorrect with poor spelling." Pumps, no apostrophe, means more than one pump.
The pumps are not taking debit cards. Please pay inside with your debit card and then pump gas. Credit cards can be used right at the pump. Thank you. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
My husband is a great writer with excellent grammar and syntax.
And God help me if I made any mistakes in this post!