“‘My aunt makes hats all the time anymore.’ ‘The car needs washed.’ ‘I so might run this race with you.’ Relax, grammar nerds. There is no need to vomit with rage at these apparent abuses of the English language. These strange sentences are merely examples of the colloquial expressions collected by Yale’s Grammatical Diversity Project. Through nationwide surveys and online crowdsourcing, Yale’s diligent researchers set out to catalog as many weird, regionally-specific phrasings as they could find throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, and parts of Canada. “I so might run this race with you,” for instance, is an example of what Yale deems the “dramatic so,” a California specialty which also turns up frequently in New York. Surprisingly, grammatical diversity has not been the subject of much academic attention previous to the Yale study, which finds that grammar is further affected by age, ethnicity, and social class. Of course, anyone who has ever traveled beyond the borders of his or her home state might have made the same basic observations.
But now, thanks to Yale, there is a clickable online map which allows users to easily find examples of strange expressions particular to certain English-speaking cities, states, or regions. Each such phrase is given its own red location marker on the map. In Utah, for example: “He said I might could call purchasing and order it through someone else.” Or in Florida: “I ain’t never had no trouble with none of ‘em.” Or in Pennsylvania: “She really likes cuddled.” Yes, it’s a big, grammatically diverse world out there to explore. And for those who would prefer to digest this information in guide form rather than map form, Yale has your back. (AVCLUB)”
What are your guys thoughts? I think this is personally amazing! I get so very tired of people assuming that English fell from the heavens and that local and regional dialect is somehow inferior to standard English. Remember much of standard English was at one time on the outskits too!!!!!
Weird Al’s new album came out last Tuesday, and I am already enamored with his piece, Word Crimes. It’s a hilarious take on modern grammar usage that any grammar Nazi or lover of English will chuckle about.
As you know, I’m not a grammar Nazi, at all, but this video manages to teach a bit about the English language while poking fun at all .
The English language is like a wild-child running through the forest, beautiful, exotic with flowers flowing through it’s hair yet still distinctly feral, willing to strike at one false move.
As most of you know, I am without a doubt, not a grammar Nazi. In fact, I find that many people are much too much a grammar Nazi to the detriment of language usage. There was a great blog post, outlining the 12 mistakes most people pointing out grammar mistakes make. It’s a must read. Once you realize the fluidity and ever changing nature of language, a thousand possibilities open before you. So friends, dive into language, and don’t be afraid to make a few mistakes along the way!
I never found the rigidity in our language, never had time for it. While others debated the rules of “who” vs “whom” or if a comma should be come before “and”, I was writing poetry on the bathroom walls.
There stuffy air discussing arbitrary rules like an Iron Maiden, a mute screaming.
I hug irregardless, wrapped him around me like a warm blanket. I write in prosetry, told every genre to shove it as I picked them apart.
And I’m not going to stop.
Language is Google directions, we writers blindly follow.
For a while, you need them, those first fledgling timid steps , just learning the skills need to navigate.
After a while, it’s time to toss them out the window and just drive.
Language is the roads we cruise down. We should take the detours, swim around in under-discovered canyons while basking in the glow of our own imagination.
After all, rules are only rules because somewhere along the line, we decided they should be.
Nothing is set in stone.
Let’s face it Mondays usually aren’t fun. The alarm rings too early. The day winds on too long. And worst of all, there are four more days of it left.
So before you hit repeat on the work week, I thought I’d provide you with a few laugh links.
I’m not a grammar Nazi by any means, but a misplaced comma always brings a smile to my face, especially with the newly formed unintended meanings.
1) A homoerotic pickup truck
2) 25 phrases the needed commas
3) A pleteria of hilarious mistakes