January 8th, 2002

real Alice

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We all know I dislike many things. One of the many things I dislike are "posers." People who try to be what they are not. Here's a profile I ran across on Hot or Not:

"Wud up,im Sara im 18 and live in Michigan. In my spare time I straight kick it wit my boy Dick and Patrick. I like to paint and write.Im single but not looking for anyone cuz I found my boo...Holla'"

The thing was, she was as White as I am. It's not as if she's from the ghetto. She's from Michigan. She's White. Frankly, I don't even know any Black people who talk like that, but she's obviously trying to be "gangsta." Do young people today (boy, that makes me sound old) think it's "cool" or "funny" or "hip" to talk & spell like an idiot? Are ebonics considered intelligent, cool, or funny? I am disgusted with that kind of talking. ESPECIALLY from people who were NOT raised in the ghetto. It's one thing to speak a word or two occasionally that's "hip lingo," it's another thing entirely to try to "represent" yourself as something you obviously are not. What is it with people today? Ebonics....it's nothing more than ignorant, unintelligent speaking/spelling. And it makes the speaker/speller look stupid, when I'd wager they are not. I corrected a friend once for ending a sentence with the word "at," as in "Where are you at?" That is like fingernails down the chalkboard to me. For one thing, you are making the sentence longer than it needs to be. "Where are you" is sufficient. When I corrected her, she got defensive & said, "I KNOW how to speak correctly, I just choose not to." HUH???? I wondered why she would choose not to, & she said it was because we were her friends & she should be able to speak casually. Speaking casually doesn't mean speaking unintelligently. You can speak "casually" (whatever that really means?) & still sound educated. When people use blatantly improper grammar, it drives me nuts. What is happening with education today? A friend of mine told me she things it's geographical, since people educated here in CA seem to at prepositions at the end of sentences, whereas I, educated in the South, do not. Not much, anyway. I know it sounds hypocritical, but I think certain preps sound okay to end sentences with, & others are painful to hear. I was watching the news the other night, & this man was describing an accident he'd witnessed, a train hitting a car & dragging it down the tracks. He said, "The train hit the car, & drug it down the tracks." "Drug" is NOT the past tense of "drag." "Dragged" is correct. I hear past tense words manufactured all the time. When I worked in the parades at Disneyland, there were people who were "extras"...they filled in spots when people were injured, called in sick, etc. I would ask one of the extras, "What are you doing today?" And they'd always say, "I didn't get casted today." "Cast" is the past tense of "cast." "Casted" is not a word. And I am always shocked at how many people do not know the difference between "your" & "you're" & "there," "their," & "they're." It's so EASY. And yet I meet people left & right who cannot figure out when to use which one. And these are otherwise intelligent people, usually. So who's to blame? Our education systems? Parents, for not taking enough of an active role in their child's education? The teachers who let the spelling & grammatical errors slide, time & time again? Please know, I don't sit here thinking I am "perfect" when it comes to grammar (for one thing, I forget when to use the apostrophe AFTER the s, & the difference between "effect" & "affect" is hard to remember). But the errors I see people making are really easy ones, not tricky ones.