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  • Susan Kettle
    March 14, 2013 - 03:29

    There's a difference between using sayings and an accent and using bad grammar. While it may sound "cool" on the East Coast or in Newfoundland, it just makes someone appear dumb and uneducated. By the way, I've been to Newfoundland many many times, lived "down east" for 8 years and am, in fact, married to a Newfoundlander. What would you think of a politician or newscaster that used such poor English?

    • Mel
      April 17, 2014 - 23:38

      I totally agree with you!

  • Steve
    November 30, 2011 - 10:45

    Get over it, it already has happened. WWII killed Newfoundland's language, music and culture, ever since the deluge of American soldiers it has been ever steadily diminishing. "Historic" St. John's burnt down a little over a 100 years ago, all that remains are a few old fossil in St. John's Council and a few misguided 'Artsy-fartsy' type who think that Ron Hynes is traditional (I won't even go there). As more Newfoundlanders return home the changes get more personified exponentially, as does the increasing crime rate and the severity of these crimes. Innocence is byes innocence is gone.

  • California pete from NFLD
    November 21, 2011 - 12:14

    Yes English is the lannguage of NL but with a distinct dialect that were preserved by being an island and I am proud of it.

  • Michael
    November 19, 2011 - 18:26

    Mary: consider who decides what counts as "proper" English. It's merely the variety of English that the rich and powerful have spoken. There is nothing inherently "proper" about it, and every time it pushes out a dialect or non-standard variant, then the powers of colonialism gain a victory. A thriving, distinct Newfoundland dialect makes me happy and relieved. May we always speak "improperly!"

  • Gerry Connors
    November 19, 2011 - 16:30

    Mary, define then your idea of what 'proper english' is for me...is it American english? Is it Austrailian english? Is it 'merry old england' english? Is it 'the Queen's english' wot? Wot? I left my home in 82 to join the military for employment & a career...and people from 'up here' still say I sound & talk with a Newfoundland accent...and I'm happy & proud of that after almost 30 yearsof being 'away on da mainland'.... -gerry connors (sgt ret)

  • Ian Lambert
    November 19, 2011 - 16:09

    Apparently, Mary didn't learn her history. If she did, she would realize that much of Newfoundland English isn't borne out of bad grammar, but out of the English spoken in the West Country and Ireland. The Irish, for example, didn't have "have" as an auxiliary verb for the past tense, thus the use of "I am after going..." instead of "I have gone..." Terrible that she has such a poor view.

  • mary
    November 19, 2011 - 14:22

    What is the Newfoundland language? I was taught the English language and I am pretty certain this is still being taught, along with French. Improper use of the English language is not cool.

    • Gerard
      November 19, 2011 - 15:44

      Mary, you have obviously missed the point of this article, and do not seem to understand or appreciate the concept of 'dialect.' Snide comments targeting interesting articles like the above are "not cool." Come on.

    • Edmund
      November 20, 2011 - 11:36

      Hey Mary, what kind of aristocratic family did you grow up in? Obviously it must have been somewhere in the city or on the mainland and you probablly never got past the overpass (good thing) to see our beautiful province and experience the wonderful dialects in various bays and communities. Wake up and support our culture and language while we still have it and for that we can be very proud. I, personally take more pleasure learning about our Newfoundland language than having some mainland politician telling me that I must study French (some other person's language) which is absolutely useless unless you work for one of those federalists in the federal government. At least our own language got us somewhere over the years towards a better life not like having french as a second language of the country that has only cost us more in taxes and added a hefty price to anything else that has french attached to it. These people are preserving our culture and all of us should be supportive. Like mom used to say "if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all".

  • Jeremiah
    November 19, 2011 - 11:32

    Accent is one thing, poor grammar is something else. I cringe when I hear the english language crucified by some of our people (some of them teachers). The Newfoundland accent is pleasant to listen to and hopefully never disappears but, for God's sake, let us get back to teaching and using proper grammar.

    • Mel
      April 17, 2014 - 23:35

      I agree, I cringe every time I hear "I loves" " I should have did it"' " I should have went"' I does" aaarrggghhh . To me it makes me wonder if the person ever went to school at all. NL accent is nice but putting s on verbs is not an accent it's pure bad grammar. English is not my first language and many times during the day I feel like I speak better English than the locals here.

  • Edmund
    November 19, 2011 - 08:16

    Great article. It is so reassuring to know that there are people keeping an eye on our fabulous culture, especially our NL language, and that, as we always knew, it is a cool way to speak and express yourself. These projects together with the continuation of the development of our NL Dictionary will certainly help to preseve the unique history in word and dialect we have in our province and homes. We are blessed with so many dialects all over the province that it is possible to know which community or at least what bay someone is from by the way they speak or their name. That is something that has always been part of our heritage and we must do whatever we can to to hang on to and preseve it. Keep up the good work by's and God bless your cotton socks. See ya da once!!!