Gregg Clark
05/23/2013 8:44pm

I will be sharing this with my students next school year. Love it.

jim brogan
10/04/2013 10:15pm

That's great Helen I shared it with the nurses here where I teach English

11/12/2014 10:34am

Actually, in some old english expressions the verb to be can be used as in the cartoon.

11/25/2014 10:55pm

Here there be Dragons.

07/11/2013 1:12pm

Just found these images....and loved them. Mind if we share these on our fan page?

09/04/2013 6:04pm

Hi, I'm sorry that I'm just now responding but I didn't see your comment until a minute ago. Yes, feel free to share it.

Grant Baynham
09/25/2013 4:14pm

Where I come from (the Black Country in the English West Midlands), the verb 'to be' declines thus:
First person singular: 'Ah'm'
Second..................: 'Yo'm' or 'Tha bist'
Third : 'E's' or 'Er's' (sic)
First person plural....: 'We'm'
Second...................: 'Yo'm' Third: 'They'm'. Not wrong. Different.

10/01/2013 4:07pm

Cool, Grant. "Bist" is German for "are".

Stan Mould
01/14/2014 7:48pm

They say 'bist 'in Yorkshire too - and there was a very strong Viking presence there 1000 years ago

06/10/2014 5:36am

'are' in German is also 'sind'

10/04/2013 12:42pm

Thank you!

malc banham
10/04/2013 12:55pm

In Weston Super Mare it's 'I be' 'you be' he/she/it be' 'we be' and 'they be'. Except when you want to emphasize something, in which case you use 'are' as in 'I ARE' .

10/08/2013 2:54am

where you come from, in the.....sorry i fell asleep

Mr Fixit BKK
11/01/2013 5:48am

Having lived 37 years in the Black Country (Wolverhampton)before coming to Thailand, that above sounds Dudley-ish, especially 'tha bist'. In Wolves, they ask 'Am yow ...?' instead of 'are you ...?'

And what happened to 'Oi'm' instead of 'I'm'? Very Wolves, Wednesbury and Walsall, that.

Hence the nickname 'Yam-yams' for people from Wolves ...

09/25/2013 4:45pm

Why are pirates called pirates?
Because they ARRRRE

10/04/2013 12:33pm

Som are called Poli- titians

09/26/2013 6:16am

Lovely stuff Ronnie, which I've taken the liberty of sharing. Can't help thinking it could be the start of a school text book, Grant Baynham's perfectly correct local observation notwithstanding. My adopted county of Norfolk has some interesting quirks too, esp 'do' in subjunctive eg "Do we don't swab the deck the cap'n will roar"

John Farrer
09/27/2013 12:50pm

That reminds me of the quintessential Newfoundland "Stay where you're to 'till I comes where you're at".

Martin (foot of our stairs) Chambers
09/27/2013 7:00am

Well , Shiver my Buckets of Dead Man's Booty !

Fiona Walker
09/27/2013 11:26am

As we arrived at school two days ago, I said to my 11 year old 'We'm yur' ... how my yonks-ago neighbours on the Somerset/Devon border would have said 'we're here' ..... on reflection not the most helpful quip given that last night he was revising about 12 English tenses!!!!!

09/29/2013 3:54am

I moved to Somerset a year ago and was puzzled when the plumber asked where my vacuum cleaner was to.

Fiona Walker
09/29/2013 5:07am

That too has confused my 11 yo.... when he tells his dad something about something being somewhere and dad queries 'where to?' meaning not that something has gone somewhere, simply locating where it IS..... then 11yo's instinctive response is 'where to what?' ... and it goes round in circles!

Jan Rhoades
10/03/2013 4:05pm

An hilarious thread. I love it. We don't have those 'quirky' dialects in Australia...just say it flat and preferably through the nasal passage is all that is required here :)-

10/04/2013 4:42am

Bring them up to stay kids

John Price
10/04/2013 6:54pm

Y'awl sound like a bunch o' Brits. Ever raise chickens? If'n y' do, y'awl'll know why a chicken coop's got 2 doors. 'At's 'cuz if'n it had 4 doors, it'd be a chicken sedan. An' if it had 5, it'd be a hatchback.

Deborah Katz
01/14/2014 1:27pm

I've been waiting for some Appalachian! Obviously, the deeply isolated dialect of Appalachia is the evolved from the British/Irish/Wales settlers that came over and settled there and stayed isolated in the hills and hollers for so long. In fact, Bill Bryson's research in his book, "Mother Tongue" discusses that out of all of the regions of Great Britain, it is actually the hills of Appalachia in southern Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee that most closely resemble Shakespeare's English, employing words such as "thrice" and other terminology. I'm not sure where Grant's area is that he described (Black Country in the English West Midlands), but it was very close to a description of Appalachian dialect. My mother, uncle and grandmother were from that region (my mother is now 94) and this is a very accurate portrayal of their speech, and in fact, I still say "Ahm" regarding first person. I'll stop rambling now. Thanks for this intriguing thread.

John Price
10/04/2013 6:56pm

Do ye know wha' we pirates do when we relax?
We unbuckle our swashes.

Andy Collishaw
10/05/2013 11:21am

The plural of 'cannon' is 'cannon', I believe.

10/27/2013 5:09pm

Perhaps the metal ones...but the cannon that is written, as in a statement of beliefs...I think it is a normal plural, as in; " the cannons of one's faith".

The Rev. John Price
10/27/2013 10:09pm

A cannon is an artillery weapon. Plural is cannon.

A canon is either a priest on the staff of a bishop OR it is a rule by which the church is governed. Plural is canons.

Suzan Perry
10/05/2013 1:50pm

What kind of socks to Pirates wear??

10/07/2013 7:31am

Cute. Anything with pirates is cool.

10/07/2013 3:24pm

Greg. What age do you teach? I am writing a kids book about pirates.

Adi Abir
10/08/2013 6:58am

If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Lenore Patton
10/08/2013 6:05pm

Here on the other side of the pond we have as many quirks as there are states. In New York, where I grew up you plural was youse (pronounced "yuz". In western Pennsylvania, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, it was you'ons (pronounced "Yuns"). Up here in New England, youah, as in youah cahr is double pahked n

Skipper Jones
10/12/2013 6:32am

I worked in the UK West Country (mostly Wiltshire and Somerset) for a while and a common greeting was "'Ow bist?" when enquiring after one's health.

"Where is that to?" was often used when asking for location, as was "Where to is that then? although the latter was more likely found further west in South Wales.

Knowing these little quirks of language is what makes life so interesting.

Skipper Jones
10/12/2013 6:36am

'course, nobody ACTUALLY says "Where is that to, then?"; it sounds like "Wurzat too 'en?". Jus' sayin'.

Fiona Graham Walker
10/12/2013 3:39pm

Well ACTUALLY you're wrong there. My really rather well educated (inverse hyperbole....lots of qualifications, tbh) says exactly that. Not wurzatoo, which my old neighbours would have said!!

01/13/2014 8:22pm

Can I pretty please post this in my school library? We have a "grammar mistakes" bulletin board that's brand new and this would set just the tone I'm looking for!

The Rev. John Price
01/13/2014 8:49pm

Mistakes? These are just grammar forms some purist ain't put in the dictionary yet.

Stan Mould
01/14/2014 7:55pm

They're more akin to dialectical idiosyncracies. BTW, I was about to write almost the same reply to the error on cannon above, but you beat me to it! I had two uncles who were Reverends, BTW, and named after one of them, my brother the second. Very unoriginal naming system in my family...

Deb Katz
01/14/2014 8:06pm

02/21/2014 11:46pm

Hi Scott...I'm a grammarian. AWESOME COMIC! I so want to post the first square as an alternate to my current image on my proofreading site.

1 - will you grant permission for me to post on my proofreading site(s) (& maybe on twitter @GrossWriting)?

2 - will you allow me to make a grammatical correction to the text?

I will post it with your name & domain clearly printed in the lower right.

It so happens I write about pirates! So this is too perfect to let it go without asking.

02/28/2014 6:41pm

Feel free Tammy.

02/28/2014 8:16pm

Thanx! You're the talk of the grammar world, ya know!

Rud Ward
03/19/2014 8:40pm

Hi, I emailed last month and you kindly gave me permission to reproduce these delightful cartoons. I wrote back to say that I can't download them, and to request that you email them to me. But there's been no response, and I'm wondering if you got my request. So I'm repeating it via this website messaging system.

Kind regards
Rud Ward
New Zealand

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