Georgia and Connecticut girls

Two freshmen girls are moving into their dorm room together. One of them’s from Georgia, one of them’s from Connecticut. The girl from Connecticut’s helping her mother put up curtains. Girl from Georgia turns to them and says, “Hi. Where y’all from?” Girl from Connecticut says, “we’re from a place where we know not to end a sentence with a preposition.” The girl from Georgia says, “Oh, beg my pardon. Where y’all from…cunt?

+House of Cards , S1, E4

7 comments:

  1. I loved when they told that story on the show. I am 50+ and as such had the proper rules of grammar beaten into my brain. However, English is constantly morphing, and what was considered a faux pas yesterday will often becomes acceptable next week -- much to the chagrin of our English teachers. Especially given the advent of email, and Instant Messaging, IMHO. You see what I did there? I'm fairly sure that Mrs. Munsky, my 7th grade English teacher rolls over in her grave every time I text LOL. Oh well. If you live long enough, I guess you have to adapt to new trends.

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  2. An overuse of the comma and fullstops when a comma will do.
    Mrs. Munsky will not be proud.

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  3. And your credentials for critiquing my grammar are?

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  4. Which English teachers are you referring to?

    The joke is meant to show the pomposity of the girl from Connecticut, since ending a sentence in a preposition is, and has always been, perfectly acceptable.

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  5. Hmm. Your comment shows your inability to deduce this author's point. The joke was meant to show that strict adherence to rules (ending a sentence in a preposition) was insignificant in comparison to increasing readership --, which is accurately representative of today's 1% media. So if I were you, I'd write your middle and high schools nasty letters. They not only had you memorize incorrect grammar factoids, but much worse yet, totally failed to teach you critical thinking, But I suppose if you label yourself a free thinker, rules don't apply anyway.

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  6. Interesting that you have to resort to insults so quickly. I suppose it makes you feel good about yourself, but it only serves to make you appear to be the girl from Connecticut; arrogant and wrong.

    Unfortunately, your comment shows your inability to deduce my comment, which was to illistrate that the joke can't have a "strict adherence to rules" since ending a sentence in a preposition isn't, in fact, a rule. The joke is on the girl from Connecticut as she haughty chides the Georgian for a grammatical error that doesn't exist.

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  7. No, what makes me feel good about myself is understanding how to use the English language correctly as it was taught to me. Additionally, if you reread my comment, I pointed out that English is constantly evolving, whether I like it or not. However, just because Webster decides to include "y'all" and "ain't" as legitimate words doesn't make it any more palatable to those who learned that they are not, just as the Connecticut girl learned, as I did, that it is improper to end a sentence with a preposition. Just because you learned otherwise does not make you right, no matter how insistant. A quick Google search on the subject shows mixed feelings, even today. I personally see it as a dumbing down of the language. But I suppose it is easier to simply turn wrong into right than to correct/teach people what is right. That I care to lament this trend is my right;

    Now here's an idea for both you and The8thDOCTOR. Try creating original content instead of trolling the internet looking to critique others work. That way you actually add something to the conversation instead of grinding it to a halt just so you can feel [unjustly] superior.

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