2. Youse: This is what some Aussies use to imply “all of you”. It can be used in a sentence such as “I would like youse to come to my house for dinner”. Makes me cringe!!!!
3. Brang: This is used as the past tense of bring i.e brought. (And I am dead serious). I have heard most kids (teens included) here using “brang” instead of “brought” and although I’m a school psychologist and not an English teacher, I find myself correcting them everytime they use the bloody ‘word’!
4. Proudy: This was common in India and was used to define a person who is proud/conceited. For example, Ram is such a proudy.
5. They’re/There/Their: Funny how many people actually confuse the context in which these words are used. This includes university students/markers. It’s obviously something spell check does not pick up! I had someone mark one of my essays and actually change a correct ‘their’ to ‘there’. Go figure!
6. Councellor/Councilor/Councelor: These are just some of the ways I’ve seen the word “counsellor” being spelt. Some of these also happen to pop up in job advertisements. Wonder why spell check didn’t pick some of those up!
7. Make friendship: Ah, the eternal question about “making friendship” with someone. Frequently used by strangers on the internet: Would you like to make friendship with me?
8. Where/Were: Again, similar to the there/their/they’re issue and used interchangeably. See above.
9. Your/You’re: Once again, similar to the previous issue. It is used interchangeably. For example, Your going to the movies, eh?
10. American spellings: This has always made me mad. How difficult is it to spell ‘behaviour’ compared to ‘behavior’? Or ‘socks’ compared to ‘sox’?
Well, I will stop there for now. I guess I’ve whinged enough for a day. I would however love to hear if anyone else has heard anything bizarre in the way people speak/write/use the language.
Until next time,