"I didn't do nothing"

@emisle (3823)
Ireland
December 17, 2006 2:44pm CST
Do you know anyone who uses this phrase? I hate it because i'm like,'it's a double negative!' I don't use perfect grammar all the time myself but this is just one thing that really annoys me! Has anyone any others?
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@claudia413 (4284)
• United States
18 Dec 06
When my kids used to say that, I'd say, "Well, if you didn't do nothing, then you must have done something". I only had to explain it to them once. I hear a lot of people saying "same difference" all the time...it just means "no difference", which is a lot easier to say. LOL. How about, "I'm not never doing it"? It simply means you will do it.
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@emisle (3823)
• Ireland
18 Dec 06
i haven't heard the last one, but i say the same thing in reply to,'i didn't do nothing'!
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• United States
11 Mar 07
Thanks for giving me the best response.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
17 Dec 06
Oh dear *blushing* I actually use that Phase at times you know so I am one of your Pets Hates I think it is just a habit of saying it to be honest and I know it should be I did nothing lol
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@emisle (3823)
• Ireland
17 Dec 06
...maybe i should get,'I did nothing/I didn't do anything' printed up on t-shirts! lol!
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
17 Dec 06
Lololol yes that would certainly remind me which is the right phase lol
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• United States
19 Mar 07
LOL, I hear you it rattles my nerves too! I especially hate when people say I ain't got nothing. My kids drive me crazy with the "ain't and nothing" I am beginning to think they do it intentionally. Do you find yourself correcting others? LOL Most people are highly offended. Like I wasn't by their grammar.
@emisle (3823)
• Ireland
20 Mar 07
I wouldn't correct a complete stranger! lol Or someone I didn't know that well, but one person I seem to correct every so often is my sister...i can't think off the top of my head what things she says, but one I can think of is instead of pronouncing 'our' as 'hour', she pronounces it as 'ur'! Whenever I'm paying attention and hear her say that I always mention it!...i'm such a good sister!
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
23 Dec 06
Oh oh oh!!!!!!! I am so glad you know what a double negative is! I swear kids and even a lot of adults have no clue what this means! I used to be an assisstant manager in a place that had a lot of teens working there. I would constantly tell them what a double negative meant. They would call me the grammar queen...even though I have been known to not have the perfect grammar. But I do strive to have good grammar. It just driving me crazy when I hear a double negative!!! Even my children know what a double negative means. This is one of my pet peeves! And I do correct my children often. And of course each time, they will hear me tell them it is a double negative.
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@emisle (3823)
• Ireland
23 Dec 06
It just really really annoys me! Many people just don't stop and think about what they're saying.
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
19 Dec 06
Some people just do that for the hell of it sometimes. I don't know alot of people who do that, but they are out there.
@emisle (3823)
• Ireland
19 Dec 06
and unfortunately there are those who don't realise!
@pelya178 (694)
• United States
18 Dec 06
lol i LOVE it, cuz its such a lil kid thing to say lol
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@emisle (3823)
• Ireland
18 Dec 06
i don't mind so much little kids saying it, it's just teenagers and onwards..:)
@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
18 Dec 06
Well I guess you're not a fan of hip hop.... seems like every tune is full of double negatives, ain'ts, etc.
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@emisle (3823)
• Ireland
18 Dec 06
..nope, not a hip hop fan, but it's not because of the grammar!
• United States
18 Dec 06
Oh I knew someone who used it all the time...other than it being a double negative, it was always a lie...they most certainly did do something!
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@emisle (3823)
• Ireland
18 Dec 06
it just makes me sigh!
@kids91911 (4366)
• United States
17 Dec 06
I hear it all the time from my kids. I now say that they will be punished if they say it. I am sick of hearing it.
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@emisle (3823)
• Ireland
17 Dec 06
it's just so wrong!