One other thing that bugs me is when people omit "to be." For instance, "the grass needs to be cut" turns into "the grass needs cut." Another example: "The car needs fixed." I've seen enough people do this that I'm starting to think it may be a regional thing. Either way, it drives me bananas.
I think this is a British thing, I noticed it while watching Doctor Who a few weeks back when the characters kept saying they were "in hospital."