Frightening.

Overheard this in the hallway:

 

“Nah, I haven’t ain’t never been scared of no one.”

 

I remember, when I was in school, double negatives were fairly common among the less-educated.  This new trend of however-many-the-hell-I-can-fit-in-a-sentence-negatives is starting to hurt my feelings.

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8 thoughts on “Frightening.

  1. a lot linguists agree that the language many African Americans speak can be categorized as a distinct language of its own. Would you tell a Hispanic child how to speak Spanish correctly? I’d suggest you treat these children, youth and their families with the respect they deserve. If you don’t understand something, instead of assuming they are “wrong” and you need to teach them how to be “correct,” use your experience of being submerged in a different culture as a learning opportunity. continue to be open minded. good luck.

  2. a lot of linguists agree that the language many African Americans speak can be categorized as a distinct language of its own. Would you tell a Hispanic child how to speak Spanish correctly? I’d suggest you treat these children, youth and their families with the respect they deserve. If you don’t understand something, instead of assuming they are “wrong” and you need to teach them how to be “correct,” use your experience of being submerged in a different culture as a learning opportunity. continue to be open minded. good luck.

    • A lot of linguists would also agree that there is no dialect of English (which is what AAVE is, it is NOT its own language) that this sentence would make sense in. Furthermore, it doesn’t matter what linguists think about AAVE, because American schools teach in standardized American English – not AAVE. So it is absolutely acceptable for her to criticize and correct students when they are so clearly failing at learning the subject.

      • A lot of linguists will also agree that that type of sentence is complete ignorance of the English language. It only shows at how uneducated and how ignorant they are to the world that some of them CAN’T speak their OWN language correctly, and being uneducated is no excuse. Furthermore, it should not be categorized as a whole different language because it is somewhat an insult and shows how dumb you are that you can’t even speak your own language. This shows that you are incapable of speaking another human language, or it just shows you are ignorant to the world and don’t care about living so you should go die and give deserving people out there in the world food to live and be some use to humanity.

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