Am I beating a dead horse?
July 8, 2005 8:23 PM Subscribe
Standard American English: In an age when the POTUS uses weak vernacular for the work nuclear, is mine just a lost cause?
posted by snsranch to education (45 answers total)
I'm worried about speach. I like to say "A car." instead of "Uh car." "The car." instead of "Thuh car." I say "because" and not "becuz".
This would be easier if I could illustrate the long and short vowels.
I know it's not always necessary or appropriate, but when I'm reading to a group of kids I like to sound like I know what I'm doing. It really hit home when my 1st grader came home telling me that his teacher said that if you say "the" and it sounds like "thee", that's stupid.
Is it time for me to give up on what I've learned about speaking and writing words meant to be spoken?
languagehat, got your ears on?