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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • The use of "of" is actually not that at all; it's a sloppy abbreviation of "have".

    "You should have said so" -> "You should've said so" -> (heard as) "You should of said so", due to local pronunciation.

    In my current locality (MD, US), the "'ve" usually comes out as just "v", so "should've" sounds like "shoodv". In my birthplace (northern WV, US), it is sometimes pronounced "of", with a slight pause before the "of", the result sounding like the objectionable "shood uv". Cultural and economic factors apply, with the more advantaged leaning toward "v" and the less toward "of", with the spectrum centering on a "shooduv" with no pause.

    So it's really what you hear more than what's said. This leads off into the evils of phonetic spelling and not teaching people how to speak their native language, and we probably don't want to go there.