Sunday, April 29, 2012

That Sneaked by Me

Newsreader:  He snuck into the compound.

I know the word has been around longer than I have and that it is accepted as a common variant for the past tense of the verb sneak.  What I don't know is why I am so offended by  it.  Everyone does it.  There must have been a pedant, a martinet, somewhere in my past whom I cannot sneak away from.

(btw, The prepositional  ending does not offend me.  In this instance.)

And even as I typed this I hear from the toob, "dattah" when the speaker clearly meant "data."  Now that offends me, and rightly so.

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