Something Has To Be Right

I was drafting an email the other day and I asked,”what does the contract say with regard to early termination?”

Then, as I’m prone to do, I started wondering whether “with regard” or “with regards” was correct. I wasn’t an English major, as you can probably tell, so I did what everyone does when they need to know something, I Googled it!

Sidenote: This is a day in the life for me. Sounds like one awesome day at the carnival, right?

Turns out “with regard” is correct, but you should really reword your sentence and use “regarding”, “concerning”, or some similar word instead. You can send a condolence note “with regards”, but in my sentence, “regard” was correct.

That’s all well and good, but one website – that wasn’t even Facebook – said that while “with regard” was correct, “with regards” and “in regards” are used so often that those phrases are acceptable to use now also.

That has bothered me all week. Something can’t be acceptable just because  so many people do it. I’m too much of a rule follower to accept that.

Asking what the contract says “in regards” to something cannot be okay just because enough people have used “in regards” in their sentence. Do we just get a bunch of our buddies to use a phrase over and over again until we’ve beaten the English language in to submission?

Driving your car 85 miles an hour on the interstate just to keep up with traffic doesn’t mean that you’re not speeding.

If everyone in your foursome makes a 5 on a par 3, it doesn’t make the hole a par 5.

If enough first graders answer “9” to the 5+5 problem, it doesn’t make 9 a 90% right answer.

I guess what bothers me is that we’re blurring the line between right and acceptable. I see it as another avenue of the entitlement mentality that’s changing our nation, and not for the better. I overthink things.

I know it’s all the rage now to be accepting of just whatever, and if you can’t accept just whatever, then you’re the problem. The rule of acceptance has replaced the rule of law and all other standards.

I can’t do it. Maybe I’m just getting old, or maybe I need to loosen up a little, but something has to be right. And everything else is wrong. Why can’t we just do that? Or, at a minimum, recognize that what we’re doing is wrong and acknowledge that we just don’t care? This is wrong, but we’re doing it anyway. I’m actually okay with that. “Acceptable” is straight out of Laodecia.

I’m just a ball of fun this morning, huh?

The good news for you guys is that I’m out of time this morning. I should probably just delete this post, but where’s the fun in that?

Have a great weekend and a Happy 4th! I’m out.

One thought on “Something Has To Be Right”

  1. So many people have used “irregardless”, which is not a word, Webster has added it as a “nonstandard” word.

    You are exactly right about it permeating our society. We have abandoned striving for excellence and embraced acceptable.

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