Anonymous: why do black people use you in the wrong context? such is "you ugly" instead of "you're ugly" I know u guys can differentiate, it's a nuisance

wikdsushi:

miniprof:

rsbenedict:

prettyboyshyflizzy:

you a bitch

It’s called copula deletion, or zero copula. Many languages and dialects, including Ancient Greek and Russian, delete the copula (the verb to be) when the context is obvious.

So an utterance like “you a bitch” in AAVE is not an example of a misused you, but an example of a sentence that deletes the copular verb (are), which is a perfectly valid thing to do in that dialect, just as deleting an /r/ after a vowel is a perfectly valid thing to do in an upper-class British dialect.

What’s more, it’s been shown that copula deletion occurs in AAVE exactly in those contexts where copula contraction occurs in so-called “Standard American English.” That is, the basic sentence “You are great” can become “You’re great” in SAE and “You great” in AAVE, but “I know who you are” cannot become “I know who you’re” in SAE, and according to reports, neither can you get “I know who you” in AAVE.

In other words, AAVE is a set of grammatical rules just as complex and systematic as SAE, and the widespread belief that it is not is nothing more than yet another manifestation of deeply internalized racism.

Soooo, just pointin’ this out, but did anyone notice the uneven grammar, punctuation, and usage in the anon’s post?

Fascinating!

And yeah, the anon’s question was a big ol’ mess from top to toe.

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notsira:

ariaste:

unamusedsloth:

Exercise caution, especially with things labeled “fresh” pizza

I dunno, I’m most worried about “stairs”

I used to go around at night and put random quotation marks on signs around my town

Walk-ins “welcome”

Buy one “get” one free

Watch the “game” here (quotations also good around watch and here)

I’d be most worried about getting lipo from a “real” surgeon O_O

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kajivar:

geardrops:

lauriehalseanderson:

victoriarene:

REBLOGGING THIS BECAUSE I GET THIS WRONG EVERY TIME

I long ago accepted that the neurons responsible for this got hopelessly tangled after one too many roller coaster rides and I will never get it right.

ditto, i’ve given up on learning this one

I don’t understand why, but this is the one grammar rule that absolutely will not stick.

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