Properly Improper


6 yrs. (Medium)Well, Jada has decided that she is going to “talk country”. She likes to fake a Southern accent… a really thick southern accent, and try to use words like “ain’t”. She hasn’t quite figured out how to use it in the proper context though, so she says stuff like, “I ain’t remembered”, or “I ain’t did it”. Which truly drives me nuts!

At first I told her, “Jada, we don’t talk like that.” Nothing against people from the south who truly do talk like that. It just sounds funny when we try to say it! Plus, Jada using improper grammar peeves me. Maybe because I strive to teach her to use proper English. I’m pretty sure that is exactly why she enjoys speaking improperly so much!

So, I’ve finally given up on trying to get her to stop saying “ain’t”. I think it irritates me more when she doesn’t use it properly! At least speak improperly properly!

I decided I’d try teaching her how to use the word “ain’t” in the right context. I explained, “Baby, “ain’t” means, “isn’t”. Like, “Ain’t none” means, “There isn’t any.””

But then I remembered hearing people say, “I ain’t never”, in which case “ain’t” means “haven’t”.

Boy. Now I was confused!

I give up. Hopefully she’ll grow out of this!!


Kendra
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11 Comments

  1. Another word about ain’t. It came over with people from ENG/SCOT. I read that at one time only the upper echelon of British aristocracy were allowed to use the word. When the Scots settled into the Appalachians they began using the word, I think, as another act of defiance. I just found it interesting that what we consider American slang was once High ENG in Britain.

  2. Once again I know this is sn d list but I’m new here and had to share a story.
    I’m from east Texas and a friend of mine had cousins from Connecticut that were down visiting…we were all outside when she said “yeah y’all were fixen to run to the store y’all unna go?” They looked at her and said “what” so she repeated herself…they looked very confused and looked at me for help so laughing I said “we are about to go to the store. Would you like to go with us. “Oh sure they said…my friend looked at me and said “but that’s what I said?!”…. lol

  3. well i ain’t never thought about the grammer of ain’t. (sorry… had to!)

    if you really want to stop it, the surefire way to do it….. is to wait until she is around either her friends, or speaking to adults somewhere in public….. and then YOU start intentionally and obnoxiously doing it to the other people. suddenly, it will instantly go from cool to embarrassing. if there are any relapses, a mention of the incident will usually end it promptly.

    (just dont ask me about the poor gas station clerk i made dumb faces at instead of answering when he asked me a question using this strategy. lol!)

  4. As much as some adults may not like it, “ain’t” was officially incorporated into American English when they put it in the dictionary. The choice for a word being added is decided by (and I believe voted upon) a group of very studious, very educated people. If I’m not mistaken “ain’t” was just added in the past 10-15 years; I remember being told by my high school English teacher that just because it was added doesn’t mean she allows it in her classroom. She said it was the same rule for cursing because it, too, is in the dictionary but we were not to say those words either! I also believe that words can be voted upon many years before finally being added and there’s a criteria that must be met (such as the number of times it was used in print in a given span of time) before consideration can even be taken.

    I think lots of kids go through phases like this. I hated my name growing up because NO ONE ever said it properly. So every week I picked out a new name and would only respond when someone used that name. Now uncommon names are… well, they’re more common so it’s not such a big deal anymore. I would consider myself lucky if you can understand her; I mean, at least she’s not speaking to you in another language altogether, right? LOL

  5. Oh, sorry it bothers you so! She probably thinks it’s just fun! I’m from the south, if she’s around people who speak that way sometimes, it’s easy to pick it up.

  6. She just has her language lights on. Kids that age pick up on spoken language much quicker than older children. My kids have been listening to a British person on a video and have started speaking with a British accent. It sounds smarter but is equally annoying. I had teacher that would ignore anything when someone said “aint” and then “hear” us when we spoke properly.

  7. Too funny. We live in the “deep south”. Ain’t is used a lot. Along with “gonna” “fixen ta” “yall” and a lot of other slangs. We lived in Colorado Springs for 10 years – until our oldest was almost 6. It iritated me for the girls to revert to “my native tongue” when we had to move in with our parents to survive. Now Kendra corrects MY English! But I still catch the kids using East Texas Slang a lot. I guess the “funniest” part is that of the 3 grandparents they have left here (both Tim and I grew up here) – all 3 are from the North and speak proper English. Don’t worry, I ain’t gonna hurt her none. And if you ignore it, prolly she won’t use it too much for long. 😉 Unless she’s a readin books with it in it?

    I had a teacher tell me ain’t wasn’t a word – and had me look it up in the BRAND NEW Dictionary for the classroom. It was in there. She was horrified. LOL.

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