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Is 'Ta' a new word?

Posted: January 5, 2009 5:32 p.m.
Updated: January 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Okay, I have had it! What ever happened to the word "to"? When did "ta" replace the word "to"?

I thought it was just GW's Texas accent or his grammatical challenges, but now our president-elect is using "ta" instead of "to." Is it their effort to relate? Is it trying to be one of the folks?

I guess "da" will replace "the"? Is "gunna" permanently replacing "going to"?

I am not a grammarian myself, but I do correct my children and grandchildren when they use these words. Maybe I have become old-school with too much attached to the written and spoken word.

Now I am waiting for one of our newscasters to report: "Taday da president went ta da United Nations an was speakin ta da folks an he made r pledge fer peace."

I think when it would really get to me is if I saw these errors in an article printed in The Signal (other than this).

Gratefully, you correct in print all of the grammatical errors our president makes, and hopefully those of our future president.

For the sake of our future generations, keep up the good work, my friends

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