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2011-05-28, 23:35

Off topic but related to English: What is the deal with this grammatical nonsense I'm starting to see everywhere now? It's when people take the words "to be" out of the sentence "needs to be fixed", so all they say is "needs fixed".

Did I miss something? Is that considered acceptable English now? "That door needs fixed." What? You could say "that door needs fixing" or "that door needs to be fixed", right? It's spreading like some kind of virus. I'm starting to see it everywhere now, in emails at work, on facebook, everywhere. "That meeting needs scheduled." "My dog needs fed."

It's like how the internet has made it easier for people to pick up on how to spell things wrong, which then propagates to everybody who doesn't know any better. Which is most people, apparently. And then the misspelling starts to become the accepted way of spelling it.

"Oh pardon me sir, but my balls need scratched."