And why wasn’t i informed?
Seriously, it seems that lately, particularly in spoken English, the indefinite article “an” has just about disappeared from everyday usage. This morning while driving a friend to the airport i was listening to public radio and, in short order, the announcer referred to “a obstacle” and “a announcement.”
I’ve noticed this more and more over the past year or so, particularly in the media. Newsreaders, political commentators, sports announcers, you name it—they all seem to have dropped “an” from their vocabulary altogether. This happens even in situations where the person in question is reading from an autocue, so either the person setting up the text for the autocue is barely literate, or the person doing the talking just glides straight past the correct usage and imposes his or her ignorance on the narrative.
Has anyone else noticed this? Am i being oversensitive? I’m no unreconstructed prescriptivist when it comes to grammar and usage, but some things just annoy the fuck out of me, and this is one of them.