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There are few hard and fast rules for dialogue, since you're trying to capture people's speech. At one time, it was quite common to use a variety of creative misspellings to indicate different dialects. In more recent times, readers tend to find this annoying and potentially offensive. In this particular case, I think it would be perfectly fine to use "...
It's very informal Good/great/lovely stuff! (informal) something you say to encourage or praise someone: "The sales figures are up this week." "Great stuff!" (Cambridge.Dictionary) I don't think it is inappropriate. If I were in the meetings I would see this use as an endearing quality (particularly if it were the Alan ...
William Longchamp is credited with its introduction to England in the late 12th century, following the practice of the Chancery of Apostolic Briefs. Its first recorded use was in 1169 when King Henry II, hard pressed by his barons over the Investiture Controversy, assumed the common theory of "divine right of kings", that the monarch acted ...
From personal experience it's improper to use "!" in any sort of formal email.
With song lyrics, as with advertising slogans, being ungrammatical is often an advantage. It makes the lyrics more memorable and less formal, and thus more intimate and relatable. Ungrammatical lyrics sound more like natural speech, and can have a more "fresh" feeling. In addition, the native dialect of quite a lot of English-language popular music (blues,...
There definitely isn't a "but" there. The lyric is "My mama don't like you and she likes everyone". In terms of whether it's right or wrong: it's idiomatic usage. Native speakers will understand you. What it means is his mother is a lovely, friendly person and even this lovely, friendly person doesn't like you which illustrates how bad you are.
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