Spiffing y'all up, one typo at a time
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:
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.