Let’s Eat, Grandpa!
Can we go to the buffet and get dinner, Grandpa? Zack and David and I are really super hungry after playing by the pool all afternoon! Did you hear how Cailin and Grandma saw a dolphins next to the cruise ship this afternoon? Isn’t that cool? We were just talking about how this is the best reward for straight A’s you could ask for! Eighth grade was tough taking all those honors classes, but I just kept thinking about how fun this cruise was going to be.
Let’s Eat Grandpa.
Psst. Hey. Can we go talk in the back of the life-raft while Grandpa naps? Everyone—Zack, David, [...]
From the Paris Review, a few examples from literature of "usen't to," the old contracted form of "used not to."
Arthur Wing Pinero, The Second Mrs. Tanqueray
“My face is covered with little shadows that usen’t to be there.”
Iris Murdoch, A Fairly Honourable Defeat
“They’ve got a sharper eye than we have for what’s rotten in this society.” “Young people have always had that. But it usen’t to affect their joie de vivre.”
All the examples, notably, are downers, as is fitting for this particular verb formulation. It's nice to know that there is something worse-sounding and worse-looking than "didn't use to," which does not exactly appeal. "Never used to," [...]
"The seven oldest children have cellphones, and text messages must contain proper grammar and spelling. No 'doen' or 'How r u?' or the kids lose their phones. The dads do spot-checks on the phones." —Just one of the very smart rules that a gay couple in Arizona has instituted to keep their 12 adopted kids in line. If only there was a way to make this a law for texters of all ages.