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TimestampWord: Y'all (plural second-person contraction, “you all”)ReasonsWord: Y'all (plural second-person contraction, “you all”)ReasonsWord: Y'all (plural second-person contraction, “you all”)ReasonsWord: Aks/Ax (variation of "ask")ReasonsWord: Aks/Ax (variation of "ask")ReasonsWord: Aks/Ax (variation of "ask")ReasonsFixin' to (About to/ready to do something)ReasonsFixin' to (About to/ready to do something)ReasonsFixin' to (About to/ready to do something)ReasonsInvariant/aspectual 'be' (<Subject> be <predicate>, e.g. “He be going to church Sundays”)ReasonsInvariant/aspectual 'be' (<Subject> be <predicate>, e.g. “He be going to church Sundays”)ReasonsInvariant/aspectual 'be' (<Subject> be <predicate>, e.g. “He be going to church Sundays”)ReasonsAin't (“Is not” alternate contraction)ReasonsAin't (“Is not” alternate contraction)ReasonsAin't (“Is not” alternate contraction)ReasonsMultiple Negation (with intent of negation, e.g. “I don't never do that,” “Ain't nobody got time for that”)ReasonsMultiple Negation (with intent of negation, e.g. “I don't never do that,” “Ain't nobody got time for that”)ReasonsMultiple Negation (with intent of negation, e.g. “I don't never do that,” “Ain't nobody got time for that”)ReasonsFinally, feel free to list any other examples you find unacceptable in any circumstance, and justify if you feel necessary.
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11/17/2013 16:01:13Parents, Friends, Grandparents, YeahReasons.
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11/17/2013 16:13:18Friends, PeersFriend's HomeText MessageUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allParents, Friends, Peers, CoworkersHome, Friend's HomeUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at all
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11/17/2013 16:15:59Parents, Friends, Peers, Coworkers, BossHome, Friend's Home, Market/StoreText Message, Letters to FriendsUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allParents, Friends, PeersHome, Friend's Home, GrandparentsText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to FriendsUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at all
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11/17/2013 16:19:25Parents, Friends, Peers, CoworkersHome, Friend's Home, Market/Store, UniversityAcceptable on the job only if it fits with company cultureText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allParents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, CoworkersI don't personally use this phraseHome, Friend's Home, Grandparents, Market/Store, UniversityAgain, depends on company culture when used on the jobText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allParents, Friends, Peers, CoworkersHome, Friend's Home, Market/StoreDepends on company culture when used at workText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureFriends, Peers, CoworkersHome, Friend's HomeText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction Literature
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11/17/2013 16:29:24Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterVery common and accepted nonstandard English in this area.Home, Friend's Home, Grandparents, Market/Store, University, Customer Service JobVery common and accepted nonstandard English in this area. But it's still nonstandard, and should be avoided in strictly professional settings.Text Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureVery common and accepted nonstandard English in this area. But it's still nonstandard, and should be avoided in non-fiction and academic writing. (Unless, of course, it's the subject!)I feel guilty that I find it unacceptableIt's common, but I hear it as just incorrect. And will judge you for it. Which I'm not proud of.I feel guilty that I find it unacceptableIt's common, but I hear it as just incorrect. And will judge you for it. Which I'm not proud of.Unacceptable at allThis is a variation in pronunciation, not spelling, so there is no excuse for misspelling.Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, CoworkersTo me, this is also acceptable in informal situations, but I would avoid it with superiors.Home, Friend's Home, Grandparents, Market/StoreTo me, this is also acceptable in informal situations, but I would avoid it with superiors.Text Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureI don't recall ever having written this. It's certainly much more of a spoken thing than a written one. But I suppose it's acceptable in informal writing.Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, CoworkersOh man, I'm feeling like such a racist now. I understand the linguistic reasoning behind this, but I still dislike it and view it negatively.Home, Friend's Home, Grandparents, Market/StoreOh man, I'm feeling like such a racist now. I understand the linguistic reasoning behind this, but I still dislike it and view it negatively.Text Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureOh man, I'm feeling like such a racist now. I understand the linguistic reasoning behind this, but I still dislike it and view it negatively. Somewhat less negatively in written form, for reasons I cannot articulate.Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, CoworkersAcceptable among family and peers. Nonstandard enough to avoid with superiors.Home, Friend's Home, Grandparents, Market/StoreAcceptable among family and peers. Nonstandard enough to avoid with superiors or educational setting.Text Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureAcceptable among family and peers. Nonstandard enough to avoid with superiors or educational settings.Unacceptable at allNo, I just think this is just incorrect, and ought to be avoided.HomeNo, I just think this is just incorrect, and ought to be avoided.Unacceptable at allNo, I just think this is just incorrect, and ought to be avoided.
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11/17/2013 17:02:47Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, CoworkersHomeText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to FriendsUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allFriendsHomeUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allParents, Friends, PeersHomeText MessageUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at all
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11/17/2013 17:04:33Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterYa'll DAMMNIT! I don't care if the apostrophe technically belongs after the Y, it looks silly there.

Ya'll is perfectly fine Texan.
Home, Friend's Home, Grandparents, Market/Store, University, Customer Service Job, "Suit-and-tie" jobText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureGets blurry on non-fiction, it is fine if quoted, not really a full blown real accepted word though ya hear.PeersI believe this is more used in ignorance than anything else, people who use this generally have lower IQs or poor schooling.HomeUnacceptable at allOMG the reasons they have jumped above the questions! How dare they!

More acceptable as it is commonly accepted slang.
Parents, Friends, PeersHome, Friend's Home, Market/StoreText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to FriendsNot sure when you would write Fixin' To in a letter but if you had to sure why not!Friends, PeersNot really great to use ever, but most use it as kinda a joke/being stupid when joking with friends.Home, Friend's HomeText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to FriendsFriends, PeersThere ain't no way you gonna make me give up my ain't!Home, Friend's Home, Market/StoreText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to FriendsFriends, PeersHome, Friend's HomeText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends
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11/17/2013 17:56:45Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterI never use the word myself, but I don't criticize those who do.Home, Friend's Home, Grandparents, Market/Store, University, Customer Service Job, "Suit-and-tie" jobText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction Literature, Non-fiction LiteratureIn literature, I'd only expect to see it in dialogue unless the author is affecting an unusual narrative voice, in which case perhaps the word "literature" is used in a loose sense. I'm not a strict judge of academic matters, but seems inappropriate.Friends, PeersAgain, I never use this word, but it seems associated more with an African-American dialect and is less mainstream than y'all. I would be surprised to hear it used by anyone who is not black, unless they were attempting to affect a black dialect.Home, Friend's Home, Market/Store, UniversityText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to FriendsLikewise, I would be surprised to see this in literature except in dialogue, unless, again, the narrator was affecting a black dialect voice.Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterAnother suthern word, generally acceptable in the same sicheashuns as y'all.Home, Friend's Home, Grandparents, Market/Store, University, Customer Service Job, "Suit-and-tie" jobText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction Literature, Non-fiction LiteratureParents, Friends, Grandparents, PeersThis is like ax.Home, Friend's Home, Grandparents, Market/StoreText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to FriendsParents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterHome, Friend's Home, Grandparents, Market/Store, Customer Service JobText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to FriendsAffectation, etc etc.Parents, Friends, Grandparents, PeersHome, Friend's Home, GrandparentsText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to FriendsAFFECTATION DIALOGUE FOREVER ALL THE TIMES
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11/17/2013 17:59:02Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, BossIt really depends on the boss. My boss and I have a casual, friendly relationship. I might try to avoid using it with a very formal boss.Home, Friend's Home, Grandparents, Market/Store, University, Customer Service Job, "Suit-and-tie" jobText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction Literature, Non-fiction LiteratureNon-fiction literature, probably only when quoting someone. I consider non-fiction literature and academic papers to be pretty equal in formality, and you don't use "you" in a paper, so you also wouldn't use "y'all."Unacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allParents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, CoworkersHome, Friend's Home, Grandparents, Market/Store, UniversityUnacceptable at allI would never use "fixin' to" when in writing, even in casual, conversational writing like text messages or social networking. It's just one of those phrases that slips into your speech sometimes when you're from the South, even if you try to avoid most colloquialisms.Unacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allParents, Friends, PeersI really only use ain't jokingly or ironically. I was taught from a young age that "ain't ain't a word."Home, Friend's Home, UniversityText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Fiction LiteratureFriends, PeersAgain, being aware this is grammatically incorrect, I only use this when I'm being ironic or perhaps trying to make a point.Home, Friend's HomeText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Fiction Literature
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11/17/2013 18:34:51Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, CoworkersHome, Friend's Home, GrandparentsText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allThe only way this one could ever be acceptable would be in the most informal, sarcastic form of writing where both parties understand that the grammar is being used to make fun of another party.Unacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at all
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11/17/2013 19:02:52Parents, Friends, Grandparents, IdiotsTo emphasize plurality. To confuse Northerners?Home, Friend's Home, Grandparents, Market/Store, University, On the phoneText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureParents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Annoying peopleVengeance.

I grew up saying this. I think I've overcome it.
Home, Friend's Home, Grandparents, Market/Store, University, PartiesUnacceptable at allParents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, SouthernersNo idea why we say this.Home, Friend's Home, Grandparents, Market/StoreText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to FriendsUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allNo. We already have "isn't" and "aren't".Unacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allI don't know what it's called, but a negative question is my best guess. Ex: Don't you like that soup?
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11/17/2013 21:29:30Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, this is only plural, never used for one person, only for a groupIt is a plural contraction of "you all", or "all of you", which indicates you are speaking to more than one person. Hearing people say y'all when speaking to one person drives me crazy!
Home, Friend's Home, Grandparents, Market/Store, University, Customer Service Job, "Suit-and-tie" job, only if used for a group. One individual should never be referred to as "y'all."Text Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureNo contractions are acceptable in academic papers or professional writing.Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, appropriate within a casual social context Home, Friend's Home, Grandparents, Market/StoreUnacceptable at all, This is a cultural word. I am not part of the culture that uses it. I would think that in written english one would always use the word "ask". But I'm not really qualified to answer this question.Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Pastor/MinisterCasual phrase. Not good for professional situations.Home, Friend's Home, Grandparents, Market/Store, Customer Service JobText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureParents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Pastor/MinisterAgain, this is cultural, and I'm not a member of the cultural group that originated it. It is definitely casual though, and probably shouldn't be used in professional situations.Home, Friend's Home, Grandparents, Market/StoreText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureCasual phrase, not suited for professional or academic writing.Unacceptable at allI personally don't like the word and never use it. It is a perfectly good contraction of "am not," however. Although I don't like the word, it is appropriate if you are referring to yourself only. Unacceptable at allUnacceptable at allParents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Pastor/MinisterCasual use, best within the context of the cultural group that originated it.Home, Friend's Home, Grandparents, Market/StoreText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureIt drives me nuts when people say nucular, realator, joolery, but i'm am a recovering grammar snob.
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11/17/2013 21:36:31Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterHome, Friend's Home, Grandparents, Market/Store, University, Customer Service Job, "Suit-and-tie" jobText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allParents, Friends, Grandparents, PeersHome, Friend's Home, Grandparents, Market/Store, UniversityText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allFriendsHome, Friend's Home, GrandparentsText Message, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at all
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11/17/2013 21:36:49Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Pastor/Ministerthose in an non-business relationship accept colloquialisms. It's not professional though.
Home, Market/Storeagain, its not professional but it shows intimacy among close relationsText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends Anything that is an expression of who *I* personally am, its a term I will use. Not in literature because its a regional term. Any time you use it in less personable arenas, people assume you're a low-class person.
Unacceptable at allits a mispronunciation, I don't count it as a unique term.
Unacceptable at allI understand its a cultural thing but its still based on a mispronunciation. It sounds lazy to me. "Y'all" is a contraction which is for ease of vocalization. "ax" is just foolish IMHO
Unacceptable at allit is even more low-class than "y'all"
Parents, Friends, GrandparentsUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allMy friends and family would think I had brain damage if I started using that. Nothing is more low-class.
Unacceptable at all At home (mine or a friends or relatives) I assume I am a model for children. Therefore I would never use such an incredibly horrible butchering of the language.
Fiction LiteratureParents, GrandparentsMy extended family uses it sometimes but I have fallen out of the habit. My Southern friends and I will use it in irony.
Unacceptable at allI would not want to model use of the word in public
Fiction Literatureonly to show a specifically Southern characterUnacceptable at allit's confusing when people do this. Except for a fwe isolated phrases like "it don't make no nevermind" which I recognize as a phrase.
Unacceptable at allFiction Literatureas with "ain't" only to show a character is lower class Southern
"yonder" - I NEVER say this although members of my extended family sometimes do.
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11/17/2013 21:44:15Peers, Coworkers, BossReasons: This may be a popular term in their vocabulary. Use fosters a sense of commonality and increases rapport, especially in a situation requiring problem solving or collaboration.Customer Service Job, "Suit-and-tie" jobThese are both locations in which interaction with others should promote a sense of belonging and acceptance.Text Message, Fiction LiteratureIn a text message, y'all may be an effective abbreviation for a quick message. Also, text message is a very casual form of communication.

In fiction literature, y'all is appropriate for dialect when a character speaks.

Unacceptable at allThis variation is prevalent among African Americans and can be perceived as a variation to break with mainstream culture. However, it makes the speaker sound uneducated and frequently pairs with poor sentence structure, ie, let me ax you a question instead of may I ask you a question. Unacceptable at allBeyond personal disagreement with the use of basic units of speech to define cultural separatism, it sounds ignorant in any circle. Also, I am not African American, so it would sound ...insert descriptor here...Unacceptable at allAutocorrect exists for a reason.Unacceptable at allAthough popular in the region, it is difficult to understand and a poor use of tenses. As with “ax,” it sounds uneducatedUnacceptable at allThe use of partial words like fixin' impairs articulation and makes it more difficult to communicate intent or meaning.Unacceptable at allNot only must we use our words, we must spell them out in their entirety to communicate meaning effectively.Unacceptable at allIt is an abuse of tenses, overly casual, and implies a zen-like transcendent state in which people are what they do, and that would be a horrible world to live in. Oh look, I just used :be” correctly in a sentence, evidence that it can in fact be done.Unacceptable at allOversimplification of language diminishes clarity of meaning.Unacceptable at allI was once told that a language is a set of words with military powers. Written language, therefore, is the parade ground for militant rules of language, and be has a distinct place within the lexicon.Friends, Peers, Unacceptable at allThe implication is that ain't is the contraction of “am not.” Am not makes sense in some statements, such as “I am not bringing the rifle to meet your new boyfriend, I am simply taking it along on this drive.” Therefore, I ain't bringing the rifle to meet your new boyfriend” is okay, though “I'm not” would have been better.

However, ain't becomes unacceptable when used in place of is not. “Ain't that something” or “Am not that something?” simply does not effectively communicate the idea.
Home, Friend's Home, Market/StoreIn casual settings, contractions may be used appropriately.Text Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to FriendsThese are casual writing outlets.
Unacceptable at allIt's confusing to the listener as the intent folders over on itself repeatedly. Although I do love to say, “Ain't nobody got time for that” and there is the whole issue with “am not”...Unacceptable at allIt offends me.Unacceptable at allClear communication implies intelligence.
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11/17/2013 21:52:22Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, CoworkersReasons: 2nd person plural. Y’all for singular is always unacceptable. So Boss is unacceptable except in herds of other bosses.
Home, Friend's Home, Market/Store, University, Customer Service Job, "Suit-and-tie" job, Unacceptable at allText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction Literature, Non-fiction LiteratureAcademic papers are not written in second person.Unacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allParents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterHome, Friend's Home, Market/Store, University, Customer Service Job, "Suit-and-tie" jobText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction Literatureneither non-fiction nor academic papers would use this construction. In fiction literature, it is likely to seem a dialog affectation and thus weird. Probably allowable but not recommended there.Unacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allPossibly as an affectation for stress (e.g. “I ain’t a Marching Anymore”). Generally unacceptableText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction Literatureneither non-fiction nor academic papers would use this construction. In fiction literature, it is likely to seem a dialog affectation and thus weird. Probably allowable but not recommended there.Unacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at all
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11/17/2013 22:21:08Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterIt's a commonly accepted and used word in all venues and with most people, except perhaps a court room or something similar, in the Southern states.
Home, Friend's Home, Market/Store, University, Customer Service JobText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureIn writing, unless you know your audience on a personal basis or the word is chosen for its style or character, writing should take on a timeless and professional tone that isn't specific to one region.Unacceptable at allNot actually a word or slang. It's just a mispronunciation that needs to be removed from the spoken and written language.Unacceptable at allUnacceptable at allParents, Friends, Grandparents, PeersThis is another term used specifically in certain regions and is appropriate in familiar and more casual places and relationships.Home, Friend's HomeText Message, Letters to FriendsUnacceptable at allThis is poor English word choice and order and should not be used with anyone or in any situation/venue.Unacceptable at allUnacceptable at allParents, Friends, GrandparentsThis is a word that I would suggest using only in a joking manner.Home, Friend's HomeText MessageParents, Friends, GrandparentsAnother situation that I think the only acceptable usage is slang/joking.Home, Friend's HomeText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Fiction Literature
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11/17/2013 22:36:00Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterY'all is always acceptable Home, Friend's Home, Market/Store, University, Customer Service Job, "Suit-and-tie" jobText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureOkay, so maybe not ALWAYS...Unacceptable at allAks is not a word. Ever. Aks is a mispronunciation and makes people look dumb. Unacceptable at allUnacceptable at allSeriously, if you write it that way.... Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, CoworkersAlthough, I almost always say "I'm about to..." Home, Friend's Home, Market/StoreText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allJust. No. Unacceptable at allI never say that. Unacceptable at allUnacceptable at allParents, Friends, PeersSometimes it's just funHome, Friend's HomeFiction LiteratureIrregardless

Glean- there's nothing wrong with it, I just don't like it.

Humble- when pronounced 'umble' when not referring to the city

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11/17/2013 22:46:28Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterHome, Friend's Home, Market/Store, University, Customer Service Job, "Suit-and-tie" jobText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allParents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterHome, Friend's Home, Market/Store, University, Customer Service Job, "Suit-and-tie" jobText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at all
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11/17/2013 22:48:40Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterHome, Friend's Home, Market/Store, University, Customer Service Job, "Suit-and-tie" jobText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction Literature, Non-fiction LiteratureI was taught not to use any contractions in academic papers.Unacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allParents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterHome, Friend's Home, Market/Store, University, Customer Service Job, "Suit-and-tie" jobText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction Literature, Non-fiction LiteratureUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allFriendsHome, Friend's HomeText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Fiction LiteratureUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at all"Like" as a modifier / indicator of state for anything and everything. Example: I was like at the mall, when he like came over and was like "hi" and was like "go away." I like shopping at like the mall because like I find like the best clothes.
(Yes, I have heard adults speaking this way )

Also, the word "irregardless" should be stricken from the English language.
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11/17/2013 22:51:02Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterHome, Friend's Home, Market/Store, Customer Service JobText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to FriendsUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allParents, Friends, Grandparents, PeersHome, Friend's HomeText Message, Social Networks/BlogsUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at all
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11/17/2013 23:20:26Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, BossTo be used as a colloquialism and becomes part of a person's language.Home, Friend's Home, Market/Store, UniversityIt is a casual word to be used outside of business communications.Text Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureSee "Locations" reason.Unacceptable at allThis version/mispronunciation is associated with a lower level of education.Unacceptable at allUnacceptable at all, Only in jest/sarcasmParents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterAnother colloquialism, but this one is use verbally more than written. Home, Friend's Home, Market/Store, University, Customer Service Job, "Suit-and-tie" job, Unacceptable at allText Message, Social Networks/BlogsUnacceptable at allAlso another sign of a poor education. Unacceptable at allUnacceptable at allFriends, Peers, Coworkers, BossNot really a colloquialism, but it is a type of slang. It is also one my English professor would yell at me for using.Home, Friend's Home, Market/Store, University, "Suit-and-tie" jobText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureUnacceptable at allK.I.S.S. method of speaking. Unacceptable at allUnacceptable at all
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11/18/2013 7:33:04Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterHome, Friend's Home, Market/Store, University, Customer Service Job, "Suit-and-tie" jobText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to FriendsUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allParents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, CoworkersHome, Friend's Home, Market/Store, Customer Service JobText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to FriendsUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at all
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11/18/2013 8:11:48Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, CoworkersHome, Friend's Home, Market/Store, Customer Service JobText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to FriendsUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allIt's not a word for what it's used. An ax is a weapon or tool. Unacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at all
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11/18/2013 10:55:57Parents, Friends, Grandparents, PeersHome, Friend's Home, Market/Store, Customer Service JobText Message, Social Networks/BlogsAcceptable in any casual, non-professional circumstance among speakers of Black English VernacularHere's the thing about your survey (which I'm sure you already know): the term "acceptable" is so vague. I, personally, would never associate with someone who pronounces "ask" like "ax." But this phenomenon of switching sounds within a word is called metathesis, and is a common occurance within urban community, whose style of speaking is referred to linguistically as BVE, or Black English Vernacular. Many speakers of BVE likely know that the word "ask" should not be pronounced "aks," but the use of BVE is a way to maintain solidarity with their community - that is, to fit in. So, now we're back to the topic of your word "acceptable." In terms of prescriptive grammar, it's never acceptable to metathesize sounds, in my opinion. But from a sociolinguistic standpoint, or in terms of DEscriptive grammar, the word "acceptable" is completely meaningless.

PS: Can you guess who wrote you this love letter?
Acceptable in any casual, non-professional circumstance among speakers of Black English VernacularAcceptable in any casual, non-professional circumstance among speakers of Black English VernacularParents, Friends, Grandparents, PeersThis expression begs the same sociolinguistic questions as the previous word, "aks." I personally find the phrase "fixin to" revolting, but I am a northerner living in the south. So, again, what does "acceptable" mean? From a prescriptive standpoint, it's never okay. From a sociolinguistic standpoint, it's a means for rural southerners to show solidarity.Home, Friend's Home, Market/StoreText Message, Social Networks/BlogsParents, Friends, GrandparentsSee my above rants ;)Home, Friend's HomeText Message, Social Networks/BlogsParents, Friends, Grandparents, PeersHome, Friend's Home, Market/StoreText Message, Social Networks/BlogsParents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers"Ain't nobody got time for that." Nice ;)Home, Friend's HomeText Message, Social Networks/BlogsThis survey is probably easy for most people to fill out, simply taking your word "acceptable" at face value. Having a Linguistic background, I found it difficult, almost PAINFUL, to deal with your word "acceptable." If my grandmother ever said, "I ain't never," I might faint. But a grandmother in a low-income, African American, urban, etc. setting would absolutely speak that way, and it would be "acceptable" in those circumstances.

Good luck with your assignment!
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11/18/2013 11:04:37Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, CoworkersIt's acceptable in colloquial and informal contexts. It's inappropriate in formal and written contexts.Home, Friend's Home, Market/Store, UniversitySee above.Text Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureFormal/informal split.Unacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allIt's not part of my idiolect, and the dialects that do have it are low prestige in my ears.Parents, Friends, Grandparents, PeersMore informal than "y'all".Home, Friend's Home, Market/StoreText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureUnacceptable at allI do not have that grammar in my version of English.Unacceptable at allUnacceptable at allsee belowI used to use ain't when I was younger, but I would only use it now in cases where I absolutely need to code-switch to hardcode southern dialect.See aboveFiction LiteratureParents, Friends, PeersI probably use double negation for emphasis on occasional, but it is highly informal.Home, Friend's HomeText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Fiction Literature
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11/18/2013 11:34:52Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterIt's widely used and accepted here in Texas. Home, Friend's Home, Market/Store, UniversityText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction Literature, Non-fiction LiteratureDon't personally use itI've never had the issue of pronouncing "ask."Friend's Home, UniversityUnacceptable at allspell the word correctlyParents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, BossHome, Friend's Home, Market/Store, UniversityText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureText MessageParents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, CoworkersHome, Friend's Home, Market/Store, UniversityText Message, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureFriends, PeersHome, Friend's Home, UniversityText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Fiction Literature
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11/18/2013 17:23:38Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterI have had to explain that this word serves an important purpose to coworkers who may not have spent any time in the south. They cut me slack for it, but I feel their disdain. ;)Home, Friend's Home, Market/Store, University, Customer Service JobOk, maybe not if I'm wearing a tie. But otherwise, it's a perfectly cromulent word.Text Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction Literature, Non-fiction LiteratureThe non-fiction lit would have to be a small sub-genre having a certain "tone."

I am ridiculously strict when it comes to academic papers.
Unacceptable at allBecause it is WRONG! WRONG WRONG WRONG!

It may be acceptable when used ironically -- nope, not then either. Ban it. And never let me hear you say acrost either.
Unacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allOk, well it's unacceptable for *me* to say this, but I can take it from some folks without twitching...much.Unacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allYou're kidding, right?Unacceptable at allUnacceptable at allFriendsWell, I don't actually use this one, but I wouldn't bludgeon a friend to death if they did.Home, Friend's HomeText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Fiction LiteratureFriends, PeersOnly ironically. And I mean that in the not-actual-definition of ironically.Home, Friend's HomeText Message, Social Networks/BlogsOh, man. ACROST! Acrost the street? Really? It's an ice pick to my brain.
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11/18/2013 17:38:14Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterIt is an acceptable, formal term in Texas. Home, Friend's Home, Market/Store, University, Customer Service Job, "Suit-and-tie" jobSee above...also can be sued strategically to signify similarity to audience. Text Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction Literature, Non-fiction LiteratureJust not the norm in academic writing. I wouldn't use it, but appropriate for some speakers. I don't use this term, but wouldn't mind someone else doing so. See aboveSee above. Acceptable in all except academic papersParents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterSame explanation as y'all. Home, Friend's Home, Market/Store, University, Customer Service Job, "Suit-and-tie" jobsee aboveText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction Literature, Non-fiction LiteratureSame explanation as previous answers. Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterCommonly accepted in most groups. Home, Friend's Home, Market/StoreProbably not acceptable in the three I didn't check, although it would not bother me, personally. Text Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction Literature, Non-fiction LiteratureSame explanation as before. Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterHome, Friend's Home, Market/StoreText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction Literature, Non-fiction LiteratureParents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterHome, Friend's Home, Market/StoreText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction Literature, Non-fiction Literature
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11/18/2013 20:13:02Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterY'all is a perfectly good contraction of "you all." It drives me nuts when people use y'all to refer to one person. It is plural! I only use it when talking to more than one person.Home, Friend's Home, Market/Store, University, Customer Service Job, "Suit-and-tie" jobText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureContractions should never be used in academic or professional writing.Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterIt's a cultural thing. If you feel comfortable saying it, go for it. Home, Friend's Home, Market/StorePeople might think you're unedumikatedText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureI dunno, if you would actually write out "aks", that's up to you. Wouldn't do it in a formal situation thoughParents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, Coworkers, Boss, Pastor/MinisterIt's kinda country. I don't have any problem with it. If I were talking to the POTUS, I might not say "fixin tuh"
Home, Friend's Home, Market/Store, University, Customer Service JobDepends on the suit and tie job. If it's real conservative I might say it another wayText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureDefinitely not in formal situationsParents, Friends, Grandparents, Peers, CoworkersKinda casualHome, Friend's Home, Market/Store, UniversityWhen dealing with the public, or professionals, there's a chance that they won't "get" you, and will think you are mixing up your words because you don't know any better. Text Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureParents, Friends, Grandparents, PeersI really can't stand the word "ain't." It just rubs me the wrong way. I don't think I ever say it.Home, Friend's Home, Market/StoreText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction LiteratureParents, Friends, Grandparents, PeersHome, Friend's Home, Market/Store, University, Customer Service JobText Message, Social Networks/Blogs, Letters to Friends, Fiction Literature
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11/21/2013 19:27:56Friends, PeersHome, Friend's HomeText MessageUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allFriends, PeersHome, Friend's Home, Customer Service JobUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at allUnacceptable at all
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