Anonymous: why do black people use you in the wrong context? such is "you ugly" instead of "you're ugly" I know u guys can differentiate, it's a nuisance

edwardspoonhands:

miniprof:

rsbenedict:

prettyboyshyflizzy:

you a bitch

It’s called copula deletion, or zero copula. Many languages and dialects, including Ancient Greek and Russian, delete the copula (the verb to be) when the context is obvious.

So an utterance like “you a bitch” in AAVE is not an example of a misused you, but an example of a sentence that deletes the copular verb (are), which is a perfectly valid thing to do in that dialect, just as deleting an /r/ after a vowel is a perfectly valid thing to do in an upper-class British dialect.

What’s more, it’s been shown that copula deletion occurs in AAVE exactly in those contexts where copula contraction occurs in so-called “Standard American English.” That is, the basic sentence “You are great” can become “You’re great” in SAE and “You great” in AAVE, but “I know who you are” cannot become “I know who you’re” in SAE, and according to reports, neither can you get “I know who you” in AAVE.

In other words, AAVE is a set of grammatical rules just as complex and systematic as SAE, and the widespread belief that it is not is nothing more than yet another manifestation of deeply internalized racism.

I love linguistics! 

Probably some of the best lines from Hetalia

  • America: Stupid winter, I’m going to boycott you until you go away.
  • North Italy: Hey Japan, wanna see my butt?
  • Narrator/Britain: All I care about is being able to punch France in the balls.
  • Britain: Wow I look exactly like you, a big douche-bag
  • Poland: Check it before you wreck it.
  • America: And on that note, what’s a cold?
  • Britain: Why don’t you stay with things you’re good at, like falling and drunk driving!
  • Neko!Japan: Watch out for bicycles, Italy-cat!
  • Neko!Japan: I love Tuna! Meow~
  • Narrator: …which proves my point, babies are useless.
  • Britain: Pretty dresses aren’t really my thing but you go girl.
  • America: I just want to be your bestest friend, I promise! I LOVE YOU!
  • France: ….my treat is my crotch-monster.
  • China: WHAT DID YOU DO TO PANDA?!
  • Britain: We can’t Google stuff in 1942, you ass hat!
  • America: I DO WHAT I WANT BEYOTCH!