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"?



This site is dead and has been for a long while, for multiple reasons—not the least of which is that it's of a different era (roughly 2007). You can no longer safely play around with discussing gray areas with a humorous twist. People don't read between the lines. If they want to be offended, they'll twist what you said to mean whatever they want, and you're guilty no matter what. Or, on the flip-side, instead of being too sensitive, they'll think you're somehow defending their awfully bigoted or shameful viewpoints, even if you aren't. Both extreme sides of everything are so black/white dumb that it's an impossible minefield to navigate. If anything on here doesn't age well, sorry; times have changed, and so do people, for better or worse. Get over it. (It being "everything") There is always more important shit out there going on. Out on limbs.



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