If an incorrect pronunciation of a word such as 'ask' can be changed to 'aks' simply by repeated usage by a portion of the population, then why have we not officially changed the spelling of the word Wednesday, which everyone pronounces as Wensday?
Don't know why that bothers me so much.
But it does.
The LA Times Op Ed page says:
Few things stick out more in black American speech than the pronunciation of "ask" as "ax." And when I say that it "sticks out," I'm being polite.
Attitudes about Ebonics have evolved somewhat as hip hop has become America's favorite music. Even the strictest grammarian would have to agree that Kanye West's "Gold Digger" in standard English wouldn't be worth hearing. And Americans from Jesse Pinkman in "Breaking Bad" to Key and Peele get that it's OK to speak "hood" when you're among friends.
But "ax" is a special case. It's often the first thing even black people bring up as an example of bad grammar. Garrard McClendon, a black professor and talk show host, has titled a book "Aks or Ask: The African American Guide to Better English."
Did You Know . . .?
Eight percent of people have an extra rib.
On this day in 1914 HMS (formerly RMS) Oceanic, sister ship of RMS Titanic, sank off Scotland.
WORD FOR TODAY
to take without justification
(The king arrogated the right to order executions to himself exclusively.)
synonyms: take, claim, appropriate, seize.
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