Memorandom: Gonna

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I'm normally the guy that tries to get everyone to use proper grammar, but in my opinion, "gonna" should just be a recognized contraction. It's informal slang, but really, if you think about it, has it really maintained informal status? You never hear people stress "going to" anymore. They just say "gonna". It isn't even as if it's centralized as a phrase one particular group or one select locale partakes, nor is it something limited to internet slang (which is for the most part abhorrent). Hell, they don't even say "going to" in movies or TV shows unless it's written for emphasis. That's what "going to" has become: the equivalent of when your parents say your full name to stress the weight of their words. If we've grown accustomed in literature to "can't" and other contractions, why not "gonna"?

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