META: Dialect or Not?

Tom Russell milos_parker at
Wed May 12 20:49:15 PDT 2010

I agree with Dave.

Spelling out dialect tends to look like you're making fun of the
character/person, and would look doubly so in the kind of story (that
is, a fictional newspaper/tabloid article) that you're writing.  Like
Dave said, the odd grammar and turns-of-phrase that you get with
regional/dialectual should be enough to give the character the
authentic flavour you want without making it difficult for the reader.


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