“Is ‘worser’ a word?” my seven-year-old questioned yesterday as she looked up from the book she was reading. Considering that she was reading a condensed version of Little Women, I assumed that the word was used purposefully, but confirmed for her that “worser” was not a word.
I often feel like I am counterculture when I attempt to teach our daughters to speak proper English. The proliferation of “aint’s” and the often heard “me and her” abound around us, but my own mother’s addiction to correct grammar stands me in good stead. Having the girls read well-written books aids me in my job, but I feel the primary method of teaching our children to speak good English is by my husband and I setting the proper example.
I try to correct them as necessary without becoming a nag; when the occasional “sumpin” instead of “something” slips out, I try not to hyperventilate, but remember that it’s definitely a work in progress!
Do you find yourself correcting your children’s speech? Let me know if you have a fun way to help them learn to speak properly!
[I’m encouraged! Spell check caught all the misused “words” in my post!!]