“Spunt” vs. Spent
Urban male: "You know they say spunt is a word. Female Co-worker: "What?" Urban male: "Yeah, you know like, I done spunt all my money out my check."
I spent all of my money out of my check. I spent all of my money on groceries.
Not long ago, I briefly worked at a call center between teaching jobs where I overheard a conversation between two young people in their early twenties. The guy said spunt was an actual word in the urban dictionary online. After strongly admonishing him to ignore that stuff, I pondered ways to help others improve their language skills, and one year later, The Urban Grammar Lady blog and The Urban Grammar Lady Facebook page were born. Remember, spunt is not the past tense of the verb spend!
Correction: spend (present tense); spent (past tense).
Read more examples of real life urban grammar and corrections in the book, Urban Grammar Quick Fixes: What You Should Say and Why
Ashan R. Hampton is a long-time English instructor turned entrepreneur. Through her company, Onyx Online Education & Training, she offers digital courses and print books on grammar, proofreading, business writing and communication for personal and professional development to individuals and corporations. To find out more about Ashan's work, visit www.arhampton.com.
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