Thursday, March 26, 2009

English is needlessly hard

Simon has started contracting the phrase "I am not" as "I amn't." E.g., "I amn't going to bed right now." "I amn't a goofy kid." When I start to correct him I become tripped up by the fact that what he's doing is just applying rules of grammar in a completely logical way, even though we're used to putting the contraction someplace else in the sentence. He'll figure it out. I amn't too worried about it.

- M

1 comment:

Sarah said...

maybe he's Irish! The Irish do this as a matter of course in what I've learned to call "Hibernian English" (never "Irish English" - asking for a fight). Nobody would turn a hair here.
Sarah (Brit in Dublin via Seattle)