Yes, I realize that just from the title, I’m going to get a lot of interesting responses to this QOTD, and I’m ready for them; please, say what you need, and don’t hold anything back. But first, let me remind you of one thing: when responding to an article about proper grammar, please use proper grammar.
I teach junior English. That means the majority of my students are 16 to 17-years-old. They should, realistically, be able to speak with proper phrasing, and write with mostly proper grammar. I understand that there is a difference between the language that is spoken within the walls of my classroom, and the colloquialisms used among their friends and family; however, doesn’t there come a time when everything should be spoken as properly as possible? Doesn’t the world of lazy speech inflections ever change? Would you ever “ax” your mother “sumptin'”? I wouldn’t treat her with such disrespect.
This is not an “ethnic” issue, nor am I insinuating any ounce of racism with this post. I have white, black, brown, pink, orange, and polka-dot students, and too many of them cannot seem to bring themselves to properly pronounce the words that come out of their mouth. What’s even worse is that they aren’t dumb. These students do not have an excuse to speak as they do. In fact, when corrected – which I will do every time – they have no problem speaking with proper syllabic speech patterns. So why can’t they do it every time?
I will be following this up with an additional article, so I’ll leave you with the QOTD:
Why are so many people lazy when it comes to proper grammatical usage and pronunciation?