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Chapter 31. Standard English > Wounded Words - Pg. 85

85 Chapter 31. Standard English This is our language at its best and most formal. Standard English is the least offensive and most accepted form of spoken and written communication in our culture. It includes proper grammar (no "ain'ts" allowed), clear diction and correct usage. Most TV and radio newscasts are delivered in Standard English. Business letters and reports, speeches, magazines and textbooks are good ex- amples. Standard English is a clear, descriptive language, with minimal slang or jargon. If you want to succeed in the United States you will have a much better chance if you master Standard English. Using substandard speech, including double negatives such as "I don't have no time," usually iden- tifies the speaker as less educated and of a lower social standing than speakers who use English correctly. The following description, by Robert Bone, of the island of Oahu in Hawaii, appears in his book The Maverick Guide to Hawaii. It is an example of Standard English. The gently sloping area between the Waianaes and the Koolaus traditionally has served as a wide agricultural belt, mostly composed of sugar and pineapple plantations. These green areas are still there, although there are examples of intruding urbanization now cutting into the fields.