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Andrea's column: Say it ain't so

Do you hear what I hear? The English language is being mangled by well-educated people who appear to be intelligent until they open their mouths. One of the most annoying examples is news people who drop the "g" at the end of a word.

The worst culprit of this sloppy habit works for a local television station. She reports stories that involve drivin', stealin', and shootin'. I called the station a number of times to complain but no one seemed to care.

No one seems to care that President Obama does the same thing. In fact, I read he has altered his way of speaking so he doesn't sound like an elitist. He is hopin' and changin' and lookin' and every time he leaves off a "g" I want to scream. The man has degrees from Columbia and Harvard, for goodness sake, and should raise us up to his level not lower himself to ours.

The president also pronounces the word "to" with just the "t" sound as in, "I am going tuh fix the economy." Like my husband, he often says "fur" in lieu of "for." Now, don't get me wrong, I love my hubby and have great admiration for President Obama but they should enunciate and speak properly.

I also admire Chris Matthews but when the political analyst and MSNBC host mixed up the words "I" and "me" last week, I hollered at the TV. I told Matthews a journalist taught by the Christian Brothers and the Jesuits should know better.

The good Sisters of Saint Joseph taught me early on how to avoid that faux pas. If you say, "Jerry and me went to the store," remove Jerry and you have "me went to the store." Sounds bad, right? Then you know it should be, "Jerry and I went to the store."

My dad majored in journalism and didn't let his kids misuse words. I remember telling him I was going upstairs to lay down. "No," he said, "You are going upstairs to lie down. When you are up there, you can lay down your book." He went on to explain that you lay something down but you lie down.

By now, family members and friends are shaking their heads. All this indignation about word usage and pronunciation coming from a woman known to emphasize a point with a naughty word or two. It may remind my daughter of the time she and her two teenagers came for lunch.

We hadn't seen each other in a long time and were eager to catch up. They sat at the table waiting for me to reheat my tea in the microwave oven mounted in the wall above the stove. I closed the door and immediately, it popped open and smacked me in the forehead. The blow threw me backwards into a counter.

"Oh, *!#%," came out of my mouth before I knew it. My daughter laughed and said something to the effect that Grandma hadn't changed a bit.

I should have skipped the swear word and said, "The microwave and me aren't getting' along too well." That would have knocked the socks off everyone.