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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.