I’ve Got A Bad Feeling About This (Grammy Grammar Lesson)

For many months I’ve tried to let it go.

But the song just won’t die. So I’ve gotta get this off my chest:

The title for the Grammy-winning Black Eyed Peas song, “I Gotta Feeling” employs incorrect grammar.

Never mind that ultimately it should be “I Have a Feeling.” It’s slang, and I get that. For instance, I’m really OK with the title of their other popular song from the same album, “Imma Be.” The Peas are employing accepted slang usage. It’s cool.

But if you’re gonna use slang, at least do it properly.

Back to the song at hand. Here’s the problem:

“I gotta” = “I have to

“I got a” = “I have a

The title of their song should be “I Got a Feeling.”

There. I feel much better now.

2 thoughts on “I’ve Got A Bad Feeling About This (Grammy Grammar Lesson)

  1. Girl, I swear you read my mind sometimes. The kooky part of MY brain just won't let those kind of things go either. Thank you for ordering the universe, if only for my sake and yours…


  2. Things like that drive me crazy too. One of my friends just joined a facebook group called, “I correct your grammar mistakes when I read your status,” and I thought (fondly) of you. . .


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