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Does it drive you crazy when someone says "axing" instead of "asking"?


posted 10-Dec-2010 11:54pm  
Doesn't exactly "drive me crazy" but it's a definite turnoff. I'm not a fan of "Black English."
posted 11-Dec-2010 1:26am  
posted 11-Dec-2010 6:24am  
No, because I read or heard somewhere recently that in former days it was a valid variation for some speakers of English; I may be wrong, but I think I did; but even at that: I come from a nation containing a vast variety of accents and dialects. To some, London cockney is inpenetrable; same for Geordie (north east); Scouse (Liverpool); Manc (Manchester); Glaswegian; Northern Irish. So, no, not at all...we all have our way of speaking English.
posted 11-Dec-2010 7:20am  
It doesn't drive me crazy, but I do think that the person saying it sounds uneducated.
posted 11-Dec-2010 8:27am  
not really.........
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 11-Dec-2010 8:59am  
I haven't experienced this, so it's hard to say.
posted 11-Dec-2010 9:08am  
No. It is cultural and regional here. I used to say it and it always made people giggle. south side of Chicago does that kind of thing.
posted 11-Dec-2010 10:10am  
'Crazy' is overstating my reaction but it does sound really dumb.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 11-Dec-2010 12:33pm  
It doesn't drive me crazy, but I don't particularly like it, either.
posted 11-Dec-2010 1:35pm  
I've never spoken to anyone who does this.
posted 11-Dec-2010 2:06pm  
posted 11-Dec-2010 4:27pm  
It is very poor use of the english language and I wonder who taught them to speak in this way. I cringe when I hear it. Do I go crazy? no!
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 11-Dec-2010 5:28pm  
It annoys me when people get snobby about other people's accents and dialects. I have a friend who complained that her father-in-law said "nuculer" rather than "nuclear" and "single" instead of "signal". Then she met my Dad, with his Barnsley accent... laughing out loud

She also said that my parents' house reminded her of The Burrow (the Weasley's house). She meant it as a compliment!
posted 11-Dec-2010 8:42pm  
I've never really met anyone that does this..But I don't think I'd be too bothered. That "sk" sound can be hard..I have trouble with it myself. I can say "ask" and "asking" but for some reason I can't really say "asked" it either comes out as "ass-k-d" or "assed" Usually "assed" because the other one sounds stupid. No one ever laughs or says that's inappropriate or anything..soo..And I don't really think it sounds uneducated.
There so much more that contributes to a person sounding uneducated. Like..excessive use of curse words or slang.
We all have different accents, and every accent has different stereotypes associated with it, that does make those things okay or right.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to llamamama) posted 11-Dec-2010 9:08pm  
I knew a woman from Colombia who came to the UK. She was quite "proper" so I was surprised to hear her say that she "Couldn't be assed" to do something. Someone must have commented on it, because she ended up insisting that the phrase was "Couldn't be asked". She was horrified when she realised what people usually meant. She'd been saying it to her bosses when she didn't want to do things!
(reply to Biggles) posted 11-Dec-2010 9:40pm  
I would have been horrified, too! That always seems to be a problem when people go to a new country.
posted 12-Dec-2010 9:44am  
It absolutely does!
posted 12-Dec-2010 10:50am  
Yes... unless they actually have an axe in their hands... Same with Birfday and some other Afrocentric words...
posted 12-Dec-2010 7:56pm  

I work with a Jamaican guy who always says it. I passively make fun of him by saying 'axe' when talking to him.
posted 13-Dec-2010 5:24am  
Not particularly, I just don't respond. And when they get bent out of shape, I just say "Sorry what were you asking?"
posted 13-Dec-2010 4:46pm  
Lazy black talk.
posted 16-Dec-2010 1:31am  
Well, usually because it's just irritating people who do that. So it doesn't help them.
posted 16-Dec-2010 12:47pm  
up smiley:::grinlaughing out loud
(reply to emogirl) posted 16-Dec-2010 1:01pm  
You do such a fine job with the english language!
(reply to ASB) posted 17-Dec-2010 7:31am  
I almost spit up my iced tea! I hate it when people say funny stuff when I'm in mid-sip!
posted 17-Dec-2010 10:39am  
Not at all. I am only bothered by people's words if they are being mean. Mispronunciation isn't mean.
(reply to FordGuy) posted 17-Dec-2010 12:19pm  
(reply to FordGuy) posted 17-Dec-2010 3:04pm  
> I almost spit up my iced tea! I hate it when people say funny stuff
> when I'm in mid-sip!

Let me know next time and I will wait a second or two smiley:::wink
posted 18-Dec-2010 3:52pm  
The associate pastor of our church does this and it does bug me.
(reply to ASB) posted 19-Dec-2010 9:47pm  
Oh ya will not.
posted 29-Dec-2010 11:47am  
I've never heard anybody say that. I don't think it would drive me crazy if they did. If it was someone who wasn't a native English speaker, I might be a bit amused. If it was a native English speaker, I'd just think they were stupid.
posted 9-Oct-2011 3:52pm  
Very much so.
Also: When someone says "tell", when they mean "ask".
"Let's tell Mum where are we going." I think it's a regional thing.
posted 12-Oct-2014 9:52pm  
Are you axing? Me

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