I Don't Say That I Dreamed It, I Dreamt It, Damnit

I am a huge reader. I love to read, I read all the time. One thing that I am working really hard to do is to cultivate an early love for reading in my daughter. I buy her books all the time. I try to read to her every night and we look at books throughout the day. I read in front of her.

With my love for reading and my want for a daughter who also loves to read, I was overjoyed to receive books at my baby shower. Books for the baby. However, once I got home and looked at them, I was really really annoyed. You see, these books use what I consider to be incorrect grammar and it uses this grammar in the title. ANNOYED.

I looked it up and apparently the language they used in the book is technically also correct, but still, I don’t like it.

What do you think about these title?

I Dreamed I Was A Mermaid
I Dreamed I Was A Princess

Shouldn’t it say this instead?

I Dreamt I Was A Mermaid
I Dreamt I Was A Princess

Weigh in, please. Am I insane to be really irritated at the way they phrased that?


14 thoughts on “I Don't Say That I Dreamed It, I Dreamt It, Damnit

  1. Actually, not to annoy you further (eek) but either one of those is proper grammar. “Dreamed” is actually more common and “dreamt” is considered to be a bit more archaic.

    Sorry, don’t kill me! I just happened to major in English and Grammar and know this weird stuff. 🙂

  2. lol I understand! It drives me nuts when people say things like “It happened to Charlie and I.” It’s Charlie and ME… It happened to ME…. not it happened to I…. Oh man now I’m all riled up…

  3. Oh yes. You’re okay. I was so annoyed by the spelling of The Pursuit of Happyness, I had to be tricked into seeing it.

    Although if you’re seven years old, it’s not dreamt, it’s dreamded. LOL

  4. I like dreamt better, like you, but I think that’s because it’s not used quite as often. Alas, either way is correct. Though I totally understand having grammar pet peeves. Lord knows I have plenty, and many of them tend to be about trends that have moved away from traditional spelling/punctuation/grammar but are still technically considered correct.

  5. For me there are terms and words that may be grammatically correct but just sound WRONG. And I’m an English major. Worse for me if when I find errors in books and magazines. I can never understand how such things can get past an editor. I mean it is their JOB to find those things.

  6. I have also used both… when I say, “I dreamed about flying,” for instance, or, “I dreamt I was on a tropical island.” If I use ‘about’ I tend to use ‘dreamed.’
    No, you are not insane. Yes, either is grammatically correct. I think in this case they picked the right one for their audience.

    But I’m with Caryn – ‘nite’ should only be acceptable in shorthand or poetry. And don’t even get me started on texting language.

  7. Vegas & Hilly –
    This means I am English Major #3 on Courtney’s blogroll. There must be more of us. We must be drawn, somehow, to blogging?

  8. Urm, dreamed makes more sense to me. But its not very often that I hear dreamt in conversation. Or read it. Perhaps it is archaic?

    I dunno. I am not an english major, obviously. I tend to butcher the language like crazeh.

  9. English Major #4 here and future English teacher, and my vote goes for “dreamt.” But it is one of those that has always confused me.

    I am definitely with you on being annoyed with grammatical errors in books that I read. Drives me CRAZY.

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  11. It’s not a grammatical error. It’s American English. If you try to write “dreamt” in a U.S. publication, any copy editor will change it. Saying “dreamed” (or “among” rather than “amongst”) is no different from writing “color” or saying “elevator” instead of “lift.”

    I’ve been a professional writer and editor for 25 years and hold a degree in English literature from Princeton. I’m not just making this up. (I came across your post while doing research on princess dreams for a book I’m working on: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703727804576017660080822854.html)

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