OK, so I know (I know) that I have had very little positive to say lately. About anything. Chalk this up to winter sunlessness and the perpetual case of flu that I seem to have acquired this year. You can also add stress about money, work, children, spouse, er... everything. And also living in a place I am rapidly coming to hate with a passion usually borne only by serial killers and religious extremists.
Or you can just be honest and declare me a real pain in the ass. I am completely and totally aware that lately I have been a bit of, shall we say, a downer. And I totally and completely intend to cease and desist (well, I intend it).
Except for this small excursion to a little place I like to call "WTF do they teach in school these days??"
We are now on our third (third) assistant who is not capable of forming the past tense of the word "to bind". In English. I mean, ok fine, if we were asking them to do it in flippin' Lithuanian or something... but English for Pete's sake. Their first language! These are high school graduates. Actually they're freshman college students.
Honestly. Bind, bound, bound. Not hugely difficult. If you are in third grade. But this is the third or fourth young person who has said to me, "The customer wants this... uh... you know... uh... binded?" BINDED? Really??
OK, fine. That's not really past tense it's.... what... future perfect? Or something. But my point is a native speaker of English, by the age of 19, should really be able to compose the following sentence without having to think so terribly hard about it: "The prints for the new Taco Bell should be bound." Not "The prints for the new housing at the army base should be binded." (See this link for associated rant on the excessive building of Taco Bells and army housing.)
So what should we discuss tomorrow? I vote for something about daisies. Or maybe fluffy kittens. Yes. Definitely fluffy kittens. Playing with daisies. And cupcakes.
EDIT: And, yes. There is a split infinitive in my post title. What’s it to ya? Huh?
EDIT v.2: OK, MaryNanna has declared my infinitives unsplit. Whew. I am so glad. I have no idea why I can’t keep it straight in my head what exactly a split infinitive is, but at least I did not create one. Good thing I don’t rant about grammar all the-- oh. Right.