Don't make me no nevermind, write neater

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Mon Jul 15 18:20:05 UTC 2013

Ask Amy is running old columns as a break. Two days over the past week have involved grammar.

1. In, she gets corrected on "It don't make no nevermind to me" to "It don't make me no nevermind." Ask Amy fesses up to her mistake, describing it as a hypercorrection (my word not hers).

2. In another, a parent complains of a teacher's bad grammar ( Ask Amy fails to notice that the grammar in question isn't actually bad. The issue is the comparative adverb form of adjectives that take -er in the comparative. The rule is that either the comparative form or "more" + the -ly form can be used. (So both "eat slower" and "eat more slowly" are correct.)

The complaining parent says that "writer neater" is grammatically incorrect. Whether this will become a de facto rule will be worth watching. (And what people do with "faster" will be interesting, too.)

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

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