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Dear Ann Landers,
Have Americans forgotten there is such a thing as verb tense? I am shocked when I hear people say "woulda came," "coulda went," "shoulda did," "woulda took," "had went," "hadn't came" and so on. Don't they realize "woulda" and "coulda" are slang versions of "would've" and "could've" -- which are contractions for "would have" and "could have"? I heard a narrator say, "I seen," in a political commercial and a TV reporter say, "We haven't spoke." An attorney in a television show said, "The evidence do not," and a TV anchorwoman said, "Had threw it" and "between you and I." I was a secretary for almost 50 years and am thankful that, with only a high school education, my English is impeccable. You will do a lot of folks a big favor if you print this letter and bring it to their attention. -- E.E., Wood Ridge, N.J.

Dear E.E.,
Thanks for taking the time and trouble to write. I shoulda thunk to tell them off myself.

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Reader Comment
And then there's also "ebonics" which really screwed up so many uneducated people who never used the American/English language correctly in the first place. This country is doomed to increasingly stupidity and is only getting worse.

Reader Comment
And then there's also "ebonics" which really screwed up so many uneducated people who never used the American/English language correctly in the first place. This country is doomed to increasing stupidity and is only getting worse.

Reader Comment
I whole heartedly agree with the reader comment. Yes, this country is allowing increased stupidity to prevail because of the liberal excuses given for the use of whatever 'language' people-uneducated or slightly educated people want to use. Stupidity is increasing daily with these fools.

Mr J.'s Comment
Ironic someone from NEW JESERY is so bent out of shape about abuses of the English language. 🙄

Reader Comment
I take offense to the commenter who said it was because of Liberals. My English is also impeccable. and i feel like it is the un-educated conservatives that talk like that. i don't like to bring politics into this but everyone i know that talks like the afore mentioned are redneck, backwoods, and bigots from the south. and i would say most are conservative based on "oh no they gonna take my guns away"

TJV ALSO IN NJ (NO THE sopranos are not 's Comment
Bee's knees, twenty three skeedoo.. far out... wacka doo..... its so rad.... thats so gay..... yeah .. sure .. its generational this butchering of the english language. seems its every generation .

VR518 in NJ's Comment
To Mr. J , why do you find it ironic that some from New Jersey is angry about the use of bad grammar? Do they speak perfect English where you come from? I doubt it.

Chaos's Comment
I think it does not matter if you undersrood what they are saying

Reader Comment
I truly wish this was my biggest problem!

Chris's Comment
And i find it extremely RUDE to say "country" folk (which i proudly am) speak and write so ignorantly. Theres also CLASS which you none.

Reader Comment
Languages are like living things, they change with the times.
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