Well into my late thirties, I have just recently fully realized that I constantly and consistently commit what most consider a grammatical faux pas: I say “should have went” rather than “should have gone”. Yes, mock if you like, but as you shall see, the truth is on my side, and i have been made a martyr for a more correct grammar.
My girlfriend, when she recognized this, denigrated my grammar and wrote me off as some hick from Kansas. (Considering she is from Oklahoma, she has no room to make such judgments, but she is smoking hot, unbelievably cool, and generally smart in other areas so I put up with this sort of nonsense)
However, upon investigation and review. I have decided that, although unorthodox, my grammar is still dead right in this area.
The word “wend” is synonymous with “go” and the past participle of “wend” was originally “went”. Therefore, according to the original (and therefore holier) usage, I am absolutely correct in saying “Should have went” in exchange for “should have gone.”
Which is why I don’t feel the least bit unlearnt for continuing to use this pure and precious usage. I am sure Shakespeare would agree.