"proper english"I hate that. people just speak in ways that fit their exigencies. language is a communicative tool, not a dog at a dog show groomed for a blue ribbon. language adjusts for environment and anyone that didnt would be improper.
IBO KWENU! I'm Nigerian and get the same reaction to my "proper English" from time to time.I don't trip though. Americans--white, black, yellow, etc-- are sometimes ignorant as hell! It's as though they subscribe to the following rule: IF IT DOESN'T AFFECT ME DIRECTLY AND IMMEDIATELY, THEN IT IS NONE OF MY CONCERN! I simply tell them Nigeria is a former British colony and ask if they've ever travelled overseas. The answer is usually NO; this gives me a chance to educate them further.So where are all you NAIJA peeps headed this fall?Can I get a head count?