"I seen it outside," someone posted on a message board.
"You mean," I typed, "you SAW."
Okay, so I didn't. I wanted to. But if you correct someone online, they start to rant about grammar nazis. And I'm not, I swear, I just know the basics. And I figure everyone else should know them too. I mean, suppose they have to write a paper for school and write "I seen?"
I once had a friend who always said, "I seen..." and I wanted to screech, "It's I SAW! Dammit!"
I should have.
She turned out to be crazy.
Maybe it's why she didn't know that I seen wasn't correct.
I've noticed "I seen" all over message boards and I have to wonder, do people think this is the right way to talk?
My son Tommy is getting a Facebook account next year. I already warned him I'd correct his grammar.
"I just don't want you to be an adult who writes your welcome. I don't want you to type that you can't breath because you have a cold. It's BREATHE, son. With an E. Many adults don't get that."
Tommy rolls his eyes at me, but I'm serious.
I do not want him to be a grown ass adult writing, "I seen the craziest thing at WalMart today!"