what irritates you Monday

"What irritates you Monday" is a meme brought to us by Delores from The Feathered Nest. 

This week's irritation is something I see in newspapers, magazines and all over the internet.

Could of.

Would of.

Should of.

This is WRONG!!

The original is Could have, Would have, Should have , 

abbreviated to Could've, Would've, Should've,

all of which sound like Could of etc, so this is where the confusion has come about and now people are writing it this way.

But it's WRONG!!
wrong, wrong, wrong

And it irritates me. A lot.
Could HAVE
Would HAVE 
Should HAVE

(coulda, woulda, shoulda)

I know people won't pay attention to this and will continue to write the wrong word.

But at least I've voiced my irritation, and if just one or two people start correcting themselves, maybe it will catch on. 


  1. There are a lot of folks out there that suffer from what I call 'lazy mouth' syndrome.

  2. You are SO right! That's one of my pet peeves, too.

  3. Ha! ha! I hope you feel better now ..... I'm going to have to pay attention and see if I use could of ..... I hope not!

  4. I've never seen it in newspapers, etc, (professional writing), but hear it quite a bit. It's when dumb speech gets accepted in mainstream writing we're in trouble. The internet is full of dumb writing: blogs, facebook and so on; very low standard.

  5. Snap. It causes me to hiss and say things at the television each and every time I hear it.

  6. Darlings here will know they are exceptions to the above criticism. They are superb. (Apart from one pansy, and an old scrag who thinks the word fuck is hilarious.
    Golly, I was writing that when I was four. But I grew up.)

  7. Yep, bugs the hell out of me, too!

  8. Delores; saying 'should've' etc isn't as bad as writing 'should of', because the 'should've' is the correct abbreviation. It's the written 'should of' that's getting my goat because it should be 'should HAVE'.

    Susan; I'm a little picky when it comes to obvious grammar mistakes. Spelling too.

    Dianne; I felt better as soon as I vented, but I'll probably 'grrr' again when I see it written.

    R.H. I saw it in my local paper just last week, that's what prompted the rant here. Usually newspapers are okay with grammar, but if I see it again there I'm going to have to write to the editor.

    Elephant's Child; as I said to Delores, hearing it isn't so bad, because they may be saying 'should've" etc. Of course if they clearly say 'should OF' then I'm hissing at the TV too.

    R.H two comments in one day! I feel special.

  9. Well it would be okay if you saw it there as reported speech.

    Of course you're special! What do you think!!! Everything will be on special when I come through your checkout.

  10. I am with you all the way on this one and another word that is annoyingly included in sentences (unnecessarily so) is 'what'. That really bugs me. I won't even get started on 'absolutely'. Why not use 'exactly' or 'of course' occasionally. Instead you hear in interviews etc., the word 'absolutely' used by the same person up to a dozen times in perhaps 5 minutes.
    Gee, I sound cranky today but I'm not but get riled when our language is used so badly.

  11. Young people today cant spell let alone abbreviate. My girls dont even realise when they've made a mistake.

  12. Oooh, that is an irritation, yes. For me it’s up there with “so therefore.”

    Tales From The Fields

  13. R.H. I won't be there, I'm on holiday....

    Mimsie; absolutely is absolutely over used. Absolutely. As much as "at this point in time" instead of the more simple "now".

    Tempo; sadly, that's so true. Even teachers have trouble, so what chance do the kids have if we oldies don't step up and correct things? Of course we're often told off for interfering, or laughed at and told to "get with the times" or something similar.
    Good grammar is doomed.

    Matthew_the_dog_walker; welcome to drifting. You are so right. There's a name for that, but I can't recall what it is.

  14. Hi River,

    Yup - that irritates me too. Really irritates me.

    I couldn't of written it better myself.




  15. Kath Lockett; we should be proof readers. Or teachers, except I couldn't stand a roomful of kids for more than 5 minutes.

    Plasman; "couldn't of"? OF?
    Really? Shame on you! :D

  16. oh lore, I may have been guilty of some of those lol.


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