The Should’ve Lesson

Hello, my little wonders!

I’m trying to summon all of my natural cheery disposition to conduct today’s lesson. This is because, while there are certain grammar mistakes that are *somewhat* understandable, others make me clutch the pearls over my chest in consternation. The following is one of those incomprehensible errors.

Think of a time when you wanted to tell someone that dreaded phrase, “I told you so.” It was probably followed by something along the lines of: “You should have listened to me!” or if you prefer a more colloquial vernacular, “You should’ve listened to me!”, making “should’ve” a contraction of “should have”.

So why, for Pete’s sake (that would be Peter Pan, darling; for he is my favorite Peter), would you write “SHOULD OF”? Are you trying to kill me of a heart attack? Let’s pause for a moment and really study that nonsense: “Should of”. What does that even mean? I’ll tell you what it means: It means you desperately need to brush up on your grammar skills.

Since you’re an intelligent person, and intelligent people always strive to learn, widen their horizons, and improve themselves, I know that after reading this blog post, you will have learned your lesson.

That is all for today, my delightful readers. Thank you, once again, for joining me on my quest to make the online world a better place.

Much love,

The Fairy Godwriter

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