You know, when I was in school (Don't you just love it when we old guys start out with that sentence?) our English teacher always told us that the verb "to be", and all its various iterations, was the most important verb of all. So, if that's the case, why is it disappearing from the common vernacular?
Way too often I hear or read statements like, "It needs fixed", or "It needs replaced". What? It doesn't need replaced, it needs TO BE replaced! I have even heard it in commercials on the radio! Are proof readers with a basic understanding of third grade English a dying breed also?
Sorry. Just one of my pet peeves that REALLY get to me.