You Better vs. You Had Better Read This!

Lyrics from Pat Benetar’s “You Better Run” prompted a reader query. “Almost every time I see or hear ‘You better …’ I think it should be ‘You had better …’ But then I immediately think that probably isn’t correct, either.” These classic holiday lyrics prompt the same dilemma: You better watch out, you better not cry, You better not pout, I’m telling you why: […]

When Grammar DOESN’T Matter: Adele’s ‘Hello’

Although we likely don’t give it much thought when we’re listening to a song, we’d all have to admit that lyricists often take liberties with grammar. Because of the record-breaking sales of Adele’s recent album 25 — according to billboard, over 4 million in the U.S. since its Nov. 20 release — I thought it might be fun to zero […]