Tag Archives: dialect

Stone, Cold, Sober, Thought

A friend, very bright and keen about language rules, recently advised me that “stone” is a noun and can’t be an adjective.  The reason: there’s no comparative form, such as stoner, stonest, more stone, most stone.  The proper designation for … Continue reading

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Grey or Gray? I’ll Take the Peasant Class (a repost)

I just read a friend’s conjecture, based on students’ writing preferences, that “grey” may soon be a more popular spelling than “gray.” My response was this: “Well, standing up for the peasant class and my own background and some of … Continue reading

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Pride and Dialect

This links to a nice article on encouraging students to be proud of their dialect, and to maintain it. I regret having tried for years to lose the language markers of my upbringing. Some were kind of knocked out of … Continue reading

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From the Bootheel With Pride

My family has always referred to our home town area as the Bootheel, meaning the southeastern leg of Missouri. The term included our county, Stoddard, and all those south of it. I don’t remember any quarrel about the name–its use … Continue reading

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