As some of you may know, from peering into my Slavic soul, I was born in Russia, and English is my second language.
Yes, I am an ESL person.
Don’t get me wrong, I get by.
But there are times that I appreciate keenly that English isn’t my native language. I’ve been told that I use “also” unnaturally. As in I use it in conversation, and according to this one person that I met in college, Americans don’t. He may have been making it up. And also insane. People were weird in the 1990′s.
I remember when Mama got one of her first jobs in New York City, waaay uptown, she picked up some local vernacular from her co-workers and referred to everyone as “scumbags.” It was a very memorable car ride when, while I sat in the back, Papa told her that “scumbags” wasn’t just slang for “ladies and gentlemen”.
So with that memory in mind (and intact) I present this week’s I’m Right, You’re Wrong.
Disagreers: Marinka and Husbandrinka
X: So then, he told me that this wouldn’t work, and that’s why everything had to be rescheduled-
Y: Oh, right, I remember you were going on about that.
Disagreement: Is “you were going on about that” rude?
Position One: Yes, it implies that the person was blathering on endlessly and you wanted to kill them and sell their skin and cook their bones to shut them up.
Position Two: No, it just references a previous conversation and shows that the person you were speaking to was paying attention.
Cast your votes!
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