I saw this horse in a field while waiting for my children to finish Irish dancing lessons yesterday morning.
I thought of the adage heard and said many times through my life-
‘Hay is for horses, better for cows, pigs don’t eat it because they don’t know how.’
Hey! I mean, excuse me. Feed hay to your horses, don’t use it to get your mum’s attention (or anyone’s)– that’s what the saying means, though it hardly seems a big deal these days.
I must admit to being a bit of a grammar nerd though. And I like speaking English properly–using words correctly with proper pronunciation.
‘Ain’t’ isn’t a word in my vocabulary (aren’t contractions great though!). ‘Can I?’ means ‘am I capable’, ‘May I?’ means ‘am I allowed’. Dunno and gonna are not words and they sound lazy to me. I catch myself saying the latter quite often, cringe.
I prefer to write out full words when I text. Although Twitter sees me writing things that are painfully wrong, but with a 140 character limit, it’s often the only way to make a point. I do love the challenge it presents though to write well in few words.
I’m not inflexible on this; there are times when the sentence is better understood, more interesting, or it’s just more fun, whether spoken or written, when rules are tossed aside. And I would never, ever correct someone’s spelling or grammar in a post, at least not publicly. I have had errors pointed out to me in private messages which I appreciated, and would follow suit if the situation presented.
I do correct my children, but I don’t beat them over the head with it. I just want them to know pure English before they alter it. Is there a difference between choosing the grammatically right or wrong way to express something and not knowing the difference? I think so.
Two great sites for such information are:
Grammar Girl http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar
or on fb at https://www.facebook.com/GrammarGirl?fref=ts
or on fb at https://www.facebook.com/grammarly?fref=ts
However you choose to express yourself, the more important thing is that you do!