I fear for the world today.
A world in which, 'Where you at?'
Constitutes as a question.
'I did good.'
'None of them work.'
You have been fooled.
'Where are you?' will suffice.
'I did well.' Is nice.
'None of them works.' Is lovely.
So, my gentle snowflakes,
Perhaps I love grammar a little too much,
And perhaps I'm just exacerbating things,
But damn it,
A world without grammar,
Just found this while I was organizing my files. I wrote it for grade 12 creative writing class in High School. Thought it might be worth a share.
Oh, and it's meant to be spoken word.
This made me think of something I saw...
one little error turns "Let's eat, Grandma!" into "Let's eat Grandma!"
oh the horror of little kids eating granny cuz of an author's idiotic blunder of not seeing this simple mistake himself... lol
irony is the third line
Although, I have to tell you, you also won me over by saying "SWEET BABY RASSILON". XD
I am going to forward this to my English teacher. She is sure to get a laugh out of it.
but i noticed something..
"'None of them works.' Is lovely."
here, "none" is a plural noun as it refers to all of "them", so "work" would be correct, wouldn't it?
Guess someone probably said it already, but language is always changing and grammar rules also change especially with dialects and sociolects. Some people tend to use certain structures when they are around their peer group, but speak differently when with their parents etc. ...
Being German and teaching it, I often find myself confronted with students saying "German has too much grammar"
Constitutes a question."?
"Now class, don't EVER EVER do this, but here's an example of a good essay."
LOL Wish I could find that essay now...
Although it might as well be regressing
When the english of native speakers is worse than of those who learned it as a foreign language they should really start worrying.
There's a german book, a collection of photos showing really bad grammar/spelling mistakes in newspapers, on sign-boards etc. It's quite funny (although a lot of mistakes were basically the same - like wrong use of apostrophes)
I don't know if there's something alike in english.
But so true. Thank you for writing this!!!!!