Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Ain't Going to Study That No More

In black dialect, the word "study" has a negative denotation, referring to an object or issue that should not be pondered. Perhaps the most popular use of this definition of the word is found in the old spiritual, "Ain't Going to Study War No More. But far from being an antiquated useage, "not studying" is commonly used in everyday language by many African-Americans in St. Louis. When people use the term, they are saying they refuse to be bothered by some annoying trait exhibited by others. The people who are most prone to "not study" the bad behavior of others usually have migrated from the South, specifically Mississippi or Arkansas.