The Daily Quote: Allahu Akbar

“Attackers in Paris and Mali shouted the phrase “Allahu akbar” before firing shots and killing people. “Allahu akbar” translates simply to “God is greater.” Muslims explain how misuse of the phrase has affected their lives in the U.S.

They discuss the media sensationalism, religious extremism, Donald Trump and fascism, and their cultural adjustments because of the backlash.”

Lisa Biagiotti, Contact Reporter, LA Times

Source: The Misuse of ‘Allahu akbar’ and how the phrase has been co-opted by terrorists


The Daily Quote: Intro to Southern Grammar


It’s a word we love (or love to hate). For me, it’s just part of the lingo I grew up on.

Meaning: You all.

It’s a staple to Southern speaking. It makes sentences roll off our tongues, smooth like butter. Any time we can take a multi-syllable word or phrase & cut it down to one, or two…that’s Winning.


You all = Y’all.

Are not/ Am not/ Is not = Ain’t.

Mind you, using these particular words will not afford you good marks academically, as use of Southern grammar is generally frowned upon in academic & professional settings & applications.

But I, for one, say, there ain’t nothin’ wrong with kickin’ your shoes off, lettin’ your hair down, & talkin’ the way you like when you get home with your kinda folk.

I’m a Southern gal, but I’ve gotten used to putting the proper endings on my words & not adding or subtracting syllables in the workplace. I call it my “Ohio” accent. Where the word ‘pie’ always rhymes with ‘eye.’  As a nurse, I want my patients to be at ease & confident in my knowledge & abilities. I don’t want people to double check to see if I have teeth & shoes on because of the way I talk. (I know, that is very politically incorrect). I’m edu-ma-cated, as we playfully say. As funny & as common as some of those “Kentucky” & “Country folk” stereotypes may be, I must say, don’t let our accents fool you. A Southern accent is in no way a reflection of one’s intelligence. Some people choose to adapt & train themselves to speak more “properly” or “professionally,” & others don’t. I know plenty of teachers, even some doctors & other nurses who have Southern accents.

Bless your heart. ❤ Y’all come back now…ya hear?