Wednesday, April 6, 2011
"told me", I corrected automatically.
"Mamma, Sunaina told me....", he continued without missing a beat.
"Look, Mamma, her tummy is showing off", giggled the five year old.
"Not showing off, baby", I corrected. "Showing."
"Because..." I paused. How exactly do you explain the difference between 'showing' and 'showing off'? Specially since the starlet in question was not showing her belly as much as she was showing it off.
Got me thinking about spoken English. When the language has been evolving continuously, why do we insist colloquial English is not right?