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#162801 - 12/12/06 08:20 AM Re: aren't I tag questions  
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One theory about its origin, which I read many years ago, is that it is a hypercorrected and rhoticized pronounciation of ain't (amn't).


Ceci n'est pas un seing.
#162802 - 12/12/06 01:00 PM Re: aren't I tag questions  
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One theory about its origin, which I read many years ago, is that it is a hypercorrected and rhoticized pronounciation of ain't (amn't).




That's my understanding, too, helen o.t. and zm.

#162803 - 12/12/06 01:13 PM Re: aren't I tag questions  
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Yes, that makes sense as the sound rolls a bit similar. The word rhoticized may be quite a young word and is new to me. None of the dictionaries could present it. Only Wikipedia.

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#162804 - 12/12/06 05:32 PM Re: Grammar  
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Your first instinct is correct.
The proper use of "I" and "me" is very often confused in (American Culture) English.
I can still recall grade-school teachers emphasizing the proper use of "John and I" as opposed to "John and me" and I think this has caused us to resist (hesitate) using "me" when it is appropriate; as in, "Carry that for Mom and me".

Additionally, I am continually annoyed by the misuse of "myself"; as in, "If you have any questions contact Bill or myself"


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#162805 - 12/12/06 11:06 PM Re: Grammar  
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The proper use of "I" and "me" is very often confused in (American Culture) English.




The proper use of "ye" and "you" is gone completely in almost all dialects of English, even disregarding the improper use of it as a singular pronoun.

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