You Go, Grammar Girl(s)!

Howdy,  y’all out there,

I direct your attention first to the six comments posted by “Fayettenamhoe”  and (?) his wife in reply to comments already made (most noticeably by Jeff Thompson) in reply to my “Accentuate the Positive” posting.  It appears that the couple involved here are not (to put it mildly) on the same page when it comes to the responsible and effective use of the English language. . . .

Here is another example of family disagreements about correct language that I wrote about in this week’s “Sandspur,” a community newspaper now in its fourth year as an extension of the “Observer.”

Here appeared in Dear Abby’s column an appeal from “Grammar Grandma in North Carolina”–and then my observations.  She was concerned greatly about her four-year-old grandson’s improper use of the English language.  She discovered that the boy was (here continues from “The Sandspur” and in brackets):

[using “ain’t” liberally.

And when she expressed her concern to the child’s mother, a college graduate and also a North Carolina resident, she became defensive, saying “ain’t” was accepted in the South: “… he will continue to use that word.”

Abigail Van Buren was forthright in writing that “Grandma” should continue to “model English grammar when he’s with you, encourage him to use it, and remind him when he forgets.”

In a supporting comment on my blog site, “Donna” wrote in support of Grandma, saying in part,

“There is a difference between regional sayings and bad grammar. The first can be charming while the latter makes the speaker appear ignorant or worse yet, too lazy to care about getting it right.”

I have another suggestion for “Grammar Grandma,” that she address her concerns to “Grammar Girl,” the cyber ego of Mignon Fogarty, whose podcast on iTunes became its No. 1 attraction and earned Fogarty attention from Oprah Winfrey, The Wall Street Journal, and CNN.com, among others.

As her 2008 publication, “Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing,” suggests, Fogarty has a charming style, a revelation of a personality that seeks insight but also revels in clever teaching: thus her animated characters, a blue aardvark known as Aardvark and a yellow snail named Squiggly.

Fogarty professes that “learning about language should be fun.” She also is astute in pointing out that people are writing much more than they were 20 years ago and thus there are increased concerns about doing it clearly and correctly.

I recommend highly Grammar Girl’s book, and I plan soon to check out her podcast.]

Note:  I did mention “Grammar Girl” very briefly in a previous column with subtitle “Ain’t It the Truth!”

After you’ve heard some more of Mignon Fogarty’s observations on her podcast,  let me know what you think about the uses of “ain’t” by a young child or about anything else that “Grammar Girl” comments on.

I would have liked to have found in her book discussions about “ain’t,”  about the double negative, and about the proper forms of nouns and pronouns preceding and modifying gerunds.  Maybe in her second edition.

I am leaving the friendly confines on Sunday and taking my irons, woods, putter, golf balls, golf bag, and the delusion that I am talented to Tanglewood Golf Course near Clemmons, NC, for the NC Senior Games.  Will be back “on duty” on Wednesday,  let’s hope.

Hope you will have a great week!

RJR

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2 Responses to “You Go, Grammar Girl(s)!”

  1. Tammy Stephens Says:

    I guess I ain’t a “grammar girl”. 8)
    I’m a “woman”, anyway, not a girl. 😆

    Raymond, best of luck on those greens!
    Let us know!

  2. golfing secrets Says:

    Wow! Thank you! I always wanted to write on my site something like that. Can I use part of your post in my blog too?

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