|From:||Barry Garcia <barry_garcia@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, January 13, 2000, 5:31|
>Well, I think the problem was that it gives the impression that ALL blacks
>speak this way. While it is certainly true that many (those who speak
>African American Vernacular English) might use this variant of the word,
>that does not mean (a) that most use it, or (b) that it is a form
>used by them. Many people of all backgrounds use the form in many
>parts of the English speaking world.
My hometown is an example of this. There is not one noticeable majority of
ethnicities here, and all of the neighborhoods are mixed (no ethnic
ghettos or neighbor hoods at all), and among the younger generations I
hear the word "ax" all the time. I really think that here it's more of a
slang way kids talk. I used to say "ax" occasionally when I was in High
School (I tend to talk like whoever I am around, if I'm with my twin I
talk one way, with my friends from school another, etc.).
It's worth the risk of burning, to have a second chance...