Just because a word is in the dictionary doesn’t mean it’s legal. You know, a real word. Take ain’t for instance. There can’t be such a word. Think about it.
Ain’t is supposed to stand for: am not, is not, are not, etc. Only, it can’t be “am not” ‘cause there is no m; it can’t be “is not” ‘cause there is no s; it can’t be “are not” ‘cause there is no r. See what I mean?
There used to be a standard in the English language. Until we started down a slippery slope. Gradually words began to appear in the dictionary simply because people made them up and said them so often.
As a writer, I’m always checking to make sure words are spelled correctly. It used to be so easy … not any more. It’s frustrating to open the dictionary and find there are two acceptable versions of one word.
This is not okay. We need to have a standard.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not pickin’ about the way anyone talks. Heck, I’m a Southern girl who says y’all and words like that all the time. Still, it doesn’t make all the words I say correct; doesn’t mean those words should be added to the dictionary.
You know, there are people in my family who I respect greatly. They came here from another country and couldn’t speak our language. Yet, they didn’t let it hold them back. They worked hard and now speak English as well as I do.
Those who can speak two languages should be proud. You are in a country where it will serve you well.
As for me and my mouth … it’s stuck with English.
May Your Glass Always Be Half Full