On Mon, 15 Nov 1999, Barry Garcia wrote: > [log in to unmask] writes: > >*nods* I even use ain't in front of my class. Of course, I don't accept > >it in papers. . . but there are plenty of perfectly real words I don't > >accept in papers. Like the phrase "today's society." > > Generally my professors are looking for our thoughts, not our "correct" > (in the prescriptitvist view) of how to speak English. In a paper they are > of course strict, but in class discussions they really don't care much. Well, yes, but then, I'm an English teacher.