Apr 28, 2011

I Would Of Posted About Something Else ...

.. but would of is another of my pet peeves, so would've/would of it is for W-day.

There is no correct usage of the words would of.  The proper phrase is would have, which can be contracted to would've, which is where some get confused.  Would've sounds like would of, so that's what many people write.

Again, there is no would of.  If you're guilty of using the incorrect words, practice saying would have instead of the contraction would've to break yourself of the habit.

The same applies to should've and should of.  Should've is a contraction of should have; there is no should of. I guess I should've written about should of on S-Day.

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  2. EEEEEK!! Like nails on a chalk board. Good one Marie Anne.

  3. Those are both pet peeves of mine too. Super post.

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  4. I wonder how you feel about "woulda, coulda, shoulda." ;O)

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  5. I will say "should of," but, to the best of my recollection, this is the first time I have typed it out.

  6. That one always winds me up too. I think it's because that is how a lot of people in the USA speak, because it's nowhere near as common in places like the UK, in fact I had never heard it used before I moved to Indiana.

    In fact a lot of people seem to think that a "potty" is spelled "poddy" because that's how they pronounce it.

    Yup, winds me up every time. It's like showing a red rag to a bull.