I decided to do a general Facebook survey on a few myths that exist or how certain language features might be perceived. This is what I asked:
For a homework assignment – please COMMENT with all that are TRUE. (Please don’t add anything else/other comments – just the letters you believe to be true!) Also please don’t google these, it will affect my data, just answer as best as you can. If you don’t feel comfortable answering publicly message me instead. This is for the English language specifically.
A. The word “you” should never pluralized
B. Not pronouncing the ‘th’ in words like “three” or “through” is bad Enlgish/grammar and rarely seen
C. Speech should mirror writing as much as possible – they are essentially the same thing
D. The work “ax” instead of “ask” is a common sign of poor education or laziness
E. “He was sat there” is an old form of syntax no longer used in modern times
F. People who drop the ‘g’ off words that end in ‘ing’ are from the country or deep southern parts of the U.S. only
G. Not putting the possessive -s/’s on a word is a sign of a common learning disability “Kate’s House vs. Kate House”
B. D. E.
A. B. E.
A B E
A, B, F
A E F
B C F E
A F G
Most Prevailing: E, A, B 53-61% of Responders selected
Least Prevailing: D, G, C 8-15% of Responders selected
It would seem that the biggest misconceptions around A, B, and E are more about grammatical and historical misconceptions than the way things are pronounced . This is at least somewhat hopeful because dialects might be more well received than expected. However, I also hope I could later get a bigger pool of data. Some issues with this poll is that everyone can mutually see the other answers, therefore influencing them. Another issue is the fact that by simply being given a multiple choice question, people will automatically believe there is an answer to select. But by knowing what most people are likely to make assumptions about is the first step to knowing where to start the educational discourse.