fennel wrote:Elizabeth wrote:I've got to agree with jjoyce. I'm out on the West side and there's some interesting shops cropping up out here.
Not to pick on Elizabeth, but this construction has been pestering my sensibility like a bionic deerfly, since I moved to Wisconsin. Where does this habit come from, of using "there is," or it's contraction "there's," in place of "there are" / "there're"??
"There's twelve of them."
"There are twelve of them. "
"There is a dozen of them."
"There is a lot of them" or "There is a bunch of them" might be technically acceptable, since we're talking about only one "lot" or one "bunch," but criminy! What makes this trend hard to overlook is that one hears it even from people in academia.
This is happening everywhere, not just in Wisconsin. I was surprised when I learned about that show called "America's Got Talent." I presume in this case that the apostrophe is representing "has" but then the title is "America Has Got Talent" which sounds really really stupid. (Or maybe the apostrophe is a possessive and this show is about how America has this talent for, um, "gotting") Everyone can understand what the title is really conveying so the point is kind of moot, but when did the language--and not just regionally but on a major network show--turn into such a big bowl of mush?