"could of"(Usage Disputes)
We get frequent complaints about the occurrence of "of" in unedited prose where the meaning is "have". "Have" contracts to "'ve", so "could've", "might've", "must've", "should've", "would've", etc. (and their negatives, "couldn't've", etc.), should be so spelled. People have testified that it's got beyond a spelling mistake: they've heard "would of" spoken with a clear pause between the words. WDEU says: "The OED Supplement dates the naive (or ignorant) use of _of_ back to 1837. [...Y]ou had better avoid it in your own writing. [...] Bernstein 1977 allows that a schoolchild cannot be blamed for _could of_ -- once."
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