I jump on my soapbox, quite often, about this-n-that in the grammar world. Usually, it’s minor irritations.
But this one is creepy. I can’t figure it out.
Sometime in 2015, I began noticing people using the word ‘is’ incorrectly. The first time I heard it, I was listening to a talk show. I figured the host made a mistake.
But no. It’s spreading.
What’s going on?
Here are three quotes I’ve heard, recently. I’m not making them up:
“What is that look like?”
“Is it made a difference?”
“Is it have a name?”
Replace ‘is’ with ‘does,’ ‘has,’ and ‘does,’ and I’m good.
We can only change what we say
This is spreading so quickly, I doubt we’re gonna stop it. (I’m thinking creepy sci fi movie, here.) If we ensure we don’t jump on this bandwagon, though, at least it won’t be our fault if someone around us ‘goes there.’
I don’t know about you, but I’m going to start calling people out on this faux pas. It’s too strange to let it go.
Hey! I know! I need to get a cape and a mask. I have a friend who writes comic books, and his wife is super talented with costuming. Here’s a whole new revenue stream for you, Brian and Carol:
Kathie York, ‘Grammar Rebel’