Sunday, October 22, 2006

Grammar Police

Whether it was learned or inherited, for some time now certain members of my family mocked what they believed was unnecessary policing of their speech. Granted, the past two years in the mid-west has all but destroyed the small amount of proper speech left in my brain after conversing with four children, whose regard for the English language compels me to take them with (see what I mean?) next time the grammar rodeo is in town.
Regardless, as to the extent which H knows English, I thought we'd find some insight from her first term report card--where, as proud parents we'll point out that she is 3rd in her class. Her grade in English is solid, she seemed to be doing very well and we assumed she must be learning quite a bit with such high marks and all; that is until we read the ENGLISH teacher's comment "She did good." Oh well, they must be learning the vernacular based on where their adoptive family is. Sigh.

5 comments:

Giessenmom2 said...

All this from someone who says sneekers... I am still trying to get rid of the whole ya'll thing I picked up in Georgia. Can you hear H now... ya'll go get your sneekers.

Cath said...

Yeah, she's going for a low-brow midwestern grammar. If she'd a been going for a southern one, she'd a said, "She done good."

Julie said...

Brett and I were laughing a lot over this post! (Note that I didn't write ALOT). I was just explaining to Baye the difference between GOOD and WELL tonight. Ugh! On Baye's report card this summer, a Layla House teacher wrote, "He has good marks in three subjects and I hope he can work more." Ugh again.

patjrsmom said...

She might could have also said (in the past tense) "She'd-a-done good."

Giessenmom2 said...

See Jane your not the only teacher here... can you see the bunch of us teaching an english class... and to think that we all have kids. Good thing we have a big God.