Anonymous asked:

why do black people use you in the wrong context? such is "you ugly" instead of "you're ugly" I know u guys can differentiate, it's a nuisance

prettyboyshyflizzy answered:

you a bitch



It’s called copula deletion, or zero copula. Many languages and dialects, including Ancient Greek and Russian, delete the copula (the verb to be) when the context is obvious.

So an utterance like “you a bitch” in AAVE is not an example of a misused you, but an example of a sentence that deletes the copular verb (are), which is a perfectly valid thing to do in that dialect, just as deleting an /r/ after a vowel is a perfectly valid thing to do in an upper-class British dialect.


They took her out in darkness
on the orders of another,
and burned her as a witch
although she was a mother.

Cries of the children
rang out among the trees;
as the woman, who was a mother,
fell down upon her knees.

They dragged her by the arms;
her knees a skuffled red
then dropped a heavy noose
over her helpless head.
I wrote this a while ago and I don’t remember why.