Skip to comments.Michelle, This Ain't Right!(Both Harvard-educated Obamas use the word "ain't")
Posted on 02/27/2012 6:52:56 AM PST by vrwc54
White House transcript of Beverly Hills event
Worth reading for a laugh.
(Excerpt) Read more at youtube.com ...
They both went to Harvard LAW School. One is supposed to be ‘educated’ long before entering those hallowed halls. So the rap here, such as it may be, falls on Columbia/Occidental and Princeton, which institutions similarly would expect their students to arrive on campus with superior articulation skills. Or at least they once did.
Something I have noticed about 'ghetto talk' is that it seems to center around an aversion to the sound of the letter 's', and a dyslexic style reversal of singular and plural forms (which usually involve , again, the letter 's').
You seem to be discounting the possibility that Michelle knew exactly what was indicated on the teleprompter.
The American English language is a hodgepodge of various romantic languages. What makes a word 'english' (at least according to many dictionaries) is common acceptance and use.
In general, the use of the word "ain't" was considered as slang.
It is, whether we like it or not, a part of 'our' language.
What helps me to understand, is that with 'ghetto-speak', most 'english' rules are thrown out the window, so usage of the word "ain't" is likely a habit of clture for Michelle, and not an indicator of her 'ability'.
In this case, I think it's because Michelle prefers to put the most important person (to her) first.
He ain’t American, he’s Kenyan.
Embrace? Doesn't it's usage depend on the audience?
Once again, it is , or has been, considered as 'slang'. It is in the dictionary, so it is a part of our 'language'.
I believe the context of the article of this thread is that she used it improperly. Given that it is part of the 'black' culture to use a redneck white slang word instead of the proper contraction, (and that blacks seem to avoid the letter 's') I do not find it odd that she said "ain't".
Back to the original point about the guardians, just who are these people and where do we contact them?
It's not like school teachers tell students that "ain't" is not the proper contraction. Even if they did, it hasn't appeared to work very well.
If you fushizzle my dizzle.
I think ain’t was added to the English dictionary a few years back.
John Kerry says “supposably” when he means “supposedly.” Saw Gwen Ifill do it this weekend. Dumbasses.
I think it’s because Michelle prefers to put the most important person (to her) first.
woops, I need to be quicker on a Monday morn.
You missed the point. The Obamas are using the word ain’t to pander to their pepes. It’s condscending phoniness.
Well first of all this proves that they were “passed” based on “color” instead of “character” and “acheivement”.
Secondly, a degree from Harvard isn’t worth the recycled paper it’s printed on IMO.
An EX-uncle of mine, is a Harvard grad and is dumber than a bag of hammers.
The Einstein took a gel filled heating pad and instead of putting it in the microwave for two minutes to warm it up, he thought that it would be faster to warm it up in a frying pan. (I wish I were making this up)
“It is, whether we like it or not, a part of ‘our’ language.”
This is my attitude. The grammarians can rail against it all they want, but the word has a long provenance and is commonly used, so it is just as much a valid English word as any other. I wouldn’t use it in a formal setting, but it’s quite silly to try to stamp out a word that is so commonplace.
I learned that in the 3rd grade!
True enough, but one would think that they would beat that out of you in college.
Actually ‘aint’ has been a very real English word from, at the latest, the time of Shakespeare.
[True enough, but one would think that they would beat that out of you in college.]
‘Naw, white kids back then thought it was part of the new ebonics. And of course, Professors would never challenge one of Holder’s People.
‘Naw, white kids back then thought it was part of the new ebonics. And of course, Professors would never challenge one of Holder's People.
Yes, after all proper English is the language of oppression isn’t it?
I don't think I want to do that, it just ain't my thang.
I've figured out the identity of the (collective) guardian of English language: it's the BBC.
It lives in a castle on a hill somewhere near London. The castle has high walls, turrets, a moat and a drawbridge. Don't even think of going there without an ascot.
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