My youngest sister has been a reader of my blog since I started it. Often within the first hour I have been notified of any grammatical errors, or something that doesn’t sound correct. I don’t mind since it helps my writing and I really do try to keep my grammar correct. With that being said, she has asked if she can write a small post about grammar. I’ve called her Bing since we were kids, so I will use that name here to give her credit. Happy reading!
Ain’t ain’t a word and alliteration is always absolutely awful.
First impressions are always very important. You would never want to meet an attractive individual while dressed in sweats and covered in powdered cheese, they would think poorly of you. So why not take the same care with your speech? A few quick tips are all you need to know to sound more educated and intelligent in your every day conversations.
1. My apologies to all of the mislead southern readers, but “ain’t” is not a word. It’s true that due to popular use it has been put into the dictionary, however, I feel the most important thing to look at, is the actual use of the word. There is no grammatically correct way to use ain’t. No matter where you put it you will never be correct using ain’t. I strongly suggest cutting it out of your vocabulary entirely.
2. An axe is tool used to chop wood. To ask is to inquire after an answer. Enough said.
3. It feels bad: you feel badly. Never shall the two mix.
4. A double negative is a sentence that contradicts itself. “I ain’t gonna do no work today.” By using both ain’t, and no, to describe your relationship with work, you are actually saying you will be doing work that day. It just does not work.
5. Once more, do to increasingly popular use, the word “snuck” has been added to the dictionary. This breach of the English language breaks my metaphorical heart. The proper past tens of the word “sneak” is “sneaked.” I cannot argue that snuck is not grammatically correct; however I beg you to understand that sneaked is simply more grammatically correct.
You don’t need the vocabulary of Shakespeare* to sound educated, just remember these tips and your speech will spectacular in no time!
*Please note that Shakespeare was known to make up words when he could find nothing suitable. This example is more emotionally than historically based. A full list of words he coined can be found at http://www.shakespeare-online.com/biography/wordsinvented.html