A comment came to me concerning the quote contained within emails eminating from my email account. To wit:
"I'ld rather read a good book, then write a bad one." Christopher Morley.
The suggestion was that 'I'ld' is incorrect and that only 'I'd' is the proper contraction of 'I would'.
Those who now me now that I yam very perticuler about how I spel and how I mangle the English language. It is incumpent upon me to correct this correction by explaining the language of Shakespeare, Great Britain, some parts of Canada and most everyone over the age of 50.
Shakespeare used the contraction 'I'd' in his plays but then, who other than Shakespearian actors can manage the complex Elizabethian sentcnce constructions Bill was famous for? No one. Point taken and accomplished.
In Great Britain and some parts of Canada, 'I'ld' is used as the formal contraction of 'I would'. They also spell color as colour, develop as develope and other iterations of common words, including the contraction of 'I would' with the proper inclusion of the silent 'L'.
Lastly, for most anyone who attended grammar school in the United States before 1970, the contraction of 'I would' was taught as 'I'ld", not 'I'd'. It is a well known fact that the current state of education in the United States is woefully lacking in any semblance of accuracy in the use of basic grammar and spelling. The dropping of the silent 'L' is a prime example of this woeful lacking.
Try to pronounce the contraction of 'I would' without the silent 'L' and you will find that it has become an impossible to pronounce tongue twister.
More to the point, Chrisopher Morely was a singularly accomplished grammarian and expert on the correct formation of words of the English Language. He was born in the United States and lived not far from where I grew up, in both Queens and on Long Island.
The quote seen in the signature of my emails is a direct quote from Mr. Morley. Were I to remove the silent 'L', I would be guilty of slandering one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century. If you doubt me, from your local library request a copy of Parnassus On Wheels and The Haunted Bookshop. If you still doubt the veracity of my contention, read anything by Helene Hanff, but in particular 84, Charing Cross Road, who thought that Christopher Morley was the finest writer of her day and of Helene I can only say that, having read all of her books, Ms. Hanff, along with Mr. Morley, represent what authorship should be.
These facts alone support my contention that the proper contraction of 'I would' is 'I'ld' and not 'I'd'.
Till next, Gary