v. griped, grip·ing, gripes
1. Informal To complain naggingly or petulantly; grumble.
2. To have sharp pains in the bowels.
In this instance I am referring to the former definition, but I didn’t know the latter was also true, so I decided to include it.
Many people will know that I am a grammar Nazi. This was developed through my time at university and can often be a curse, for example when writing a blog about being a grammar Nazi and living in fear of making a careless error.
However, I see myself as quite a laxed grammar Nazi compared to some. Whilst I’ll never tolerate poor or incorrect use of grammar, I am open to the idea of creative use of it. On top of that, English has changed so much recently and often adapted to fit the way people talk, and I generally accept that as well.
One word that’s been cropping up a lot recently which causes pains in my bowels is ‘text’.
Obviously, texting is a significant method of communication these days. I’m not arguing with this.
What gets me is the use of the word ‘text’ as a verb in the past tense.
"Where were you last night? I text you three times"
or some other such abuse.
Why has this happened? Nobody does it with other verbs, it would sound moronic.
"What did you do last night?"
"Well, I eat pasta then I watch a movie with friends, then I sleep for ages."
We’re on the brink of everyone sounding like foreigners who had a couple of months of English lessons!
I feel like it might be a London thing. I’ve come across a lot of London words, like ‘hench’, or ‘sick’, which I’ve come to accept, but couldn’t bring myself to use.
Wherever it came from, I hope it’s not something that grows to be generally accepted. Whilst I’m open to English adapting to the way people speak and adopting new words off the back of that, flippant disregard for the rules seems plain lazy.
I’ve just realised I sound like such a snob right now.