The Grammar Belle

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Jive Talkin’

Hey, y’all! I’m back with another installment of “Say what?” It’s my way of clearing up some all-too-common missayings so we can clean up our speech a bit. I’m pretty sure that I’ve only heard this used correctly a few times in my life. Seriously. And I’m not young at all. Anyway . . . it’s the dilemma of whether two things:


or JIBE.

Do you mean they’re dancing and having fun and perhaps even singing along with an amazing ’70s band? Or they’re teasing each other? Then “jive” is the verb for you. BUT, if you mean to say that two things are “in accord or agreement,” please choose “jibe.”

You see, Janine and Phillip up there JIVE. But when two things clash/don’t match/are contrary, they don’t JIBE. Our beliefs don’t jibe. My schedule doesn’t jibe with all her activities. You get the idea, right?



Go out there and spread the news, y’all! I dare you to work “jibe” into a conversation this week . . . and sit back and wait for someone to “correct” you. Then please send that well-meaning soul (bless his/her heart) to me.

Jive talkin’. You could also say they completely jibe, too, given the matching outfits.

4 comments on “Jive Talkin’

  1. ourmom
    September 11, 2012

    I don’t think I’m guilty but it isn’t because I knew better on this one. I guess we are never too old to learn. I really just wanted to let you know I enjoy what you have to say and how you say it.
    Dave Patten

    • The Grammar Belle
      September 12, 2012

      Thanks, Dave! I was talking about you last night with Deb. Your blog is a new favorite of mine. You’re a very talented, very gifted writer. Thanks for sharing so much with us!

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