should of/should have
|From:||Damon M. Lord <lorddm@...>|
|Date:||Friday, September 14, 2001, 1:59|
On 14 Sep 2001, at 0:01, Michael Poxon wrote:
> Dear BPJ
> Something I've noticed very much recently, certainly in British English; not
> just sound change, but syntactic change too. The ending /schwa+v/ found in
> "could've", "should've" etc., is being interpreted as "of" instead of a
> contraction of "have", and the emphatic response articulated as "You should
> of!" instead of "You should have" and so on. My kids (13 and 16) consider
> this perfect grammatical.
I had a right telling off from my history teacher when I was eleven
for writing in an essay "should of". I didn't know the difference at
the time, and thought this was perfectly fine.
Not so much out of my tree, as driving away from the orchard at high speed.
Damon M. Lord