Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Can't nobody speak this here language?
Everywhere you go, at least here in AZ, you have the double negatives. "He don't, "she don't."
People are always doing "good" not well.
Nothing is ever anyplace--it's AT some place--"Where's it at?"
"He and I" don't take a walk..."Me and him" do.
Our old favorite "ain't" is still mixed into speech everyplace you turn.
Everyone of these is a punch to my brain--yes, I am a persnickety old jerk, but we spoke decent American English at home...None of this ear-shattering stuff.
Is it the home? How the parents were reared--and are now rearing their children. The peers? The lowest common denominator? The dumbing down of society?. The ridiculously poorly functioning educational system? What?
I ask you--what?
But I have to say--when I hear these usages, I think less of the person's intelligence, less of what they may offer in the way of an opinion. I know perfectly well many ill-spoken people were raised that way or do it out of habit and are still plenty street-smart and have a lot of commonsense.
But I have to keep reminding myself of that.
If I were still interviewing people for jobs and heard slips like these, a big red flag would go on my note pad!