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    Could Of

    When the hell did "could of" enter common usage? I'd never seen it in print, or even heard it said until a couple of years ago, and now it seems to be everywhere I look.
    You can't say muntjac without saying, Mmmmmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry mac View Post
    When the hell did "could of" enter common usage? I'd never seen it in print, or even heard it said until a couple of years ago, and now it seems to be everywhere I look.
    A good example for the re-loaders would be... " could of "























    bought some factory rounds as they work just as well....


    lol




    Tim.243
    Stalking is very much like going to the night club

    You can always tell an Essex Boy, just you cant tell him much...

    An hour in the field is worth a week of typing trash.....




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    "could of" bought a Blaser but decided to not follow that crowd.........
    For Gods sake - don't tell her how much I've spent

    Ctrl-Alt FACT

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    I remember being warned against this flagrant misuse of English while at prep school in the late '70s. Perhaps folk took more notice of their schoolmasters in those days?

    While we're at it, keep your ears open for the amazing double-is, as in,
    'The thing is, is that...'

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    I blame in this woman, Beverley Knight, it's all here, could of, would of, should of:

    Last edited by enfieldspares; 25-07-2015 at 21:43.

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    the one that always gets me is "Hence, why..."

    I'm definitely not perfect but at least i try not to bludgeon the English language!

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    To be fair, I think the problem only arises when people try to set down the colloquial in writing.

    "Should 'ave", "could 'ave" and so on is what is meant here grammatically. The transliteration "should of", "could of" is the result of a confusion of mainly-unstressed vowel-sound.

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    Last edited by Dalua; 25-07-2015 at 22:13. Reason: Spelling!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim.243 View Post
    A good example for the re-loaders would be... " could of "























    bought some factory rounds as they work just as well....


    lol




    Tim.243
    Tim, I think you need to start taking more water in it mate. That makes even less sense than "could of"
    You can't say muntjac without saying, Mmmmmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry mac View Post
    Tim, I think you need to start taking more water in it mate. That makes even less sense than "could of"

    What makes less sense is the space which threads like these use up.............


    Tim.243
    Stalking is very much like going to the night club

    You can always tell an Essex Boy, just you cant tell him much...

    An hour in the field is worth a week of typing trash.....




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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalua View Post
    To be fair, I think the problem only arises when people try to set down the colloquial in writing.

    "Should 'ave", "could 'ave" and so on is what is meant here grammatically. The transliteration "should of", "could of" is the result of a confusion of mainly-unstressed vowel-sound.

    Djanowarrameen, like?
    That's what it is, and the sad part is that it's youths fresh from school that do it. Even sadder is they have absolutely no idea what they're doing.

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