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26 May 2013 — Them kids



Is this "common but...", "mostly avoided", or "never"?

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The form is commonplace even among many well-educated people but is still avoided in careful usage.



It is "mostly avoided"

The form has spread to a significant fraction of the language community but remains unacceptable in standard usage.


It is "never"

A new form emerged as an innovation (or a dialectal form persists) among a small minority of the language community, perhaps displacing a traditional usage.

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Learn more about "The Language Change Index".

Garner's Modern American Usage. by Bryan A. Garner, 3rd ed., Oxford UP, 2009.

"Tracking the Tide of Language Change"  24 Sep 2009. 26 May 2013.

Some people call this ‘colloquial speech’—appropriate to ordinary or familiar conversation rather than formal speech or writing.