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Why is it "Honey Badger don't care!" and not "Honey Badger doesn't care!" ?

marked as duplicate by TrevorD, p.s.w.g, Roaring Fish, J.R., RegDwigнt Sep 9 '13 at 8:41

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    Because it's meant to be pseudo-AAVE? – 3nafish Sep 8 '13 at 23:50
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about why an author chose a particular book title - not about language. – TrevorD Sep 8 '13 at 23:52
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    It is also a well-known internet meme not only a book title – mightyuhu Sep 8 '13 at 23:54
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    @TrevorD Actually, I disagree. The poster is clearly unfamiliar with this sort of non-standard language. This is not some request for literary criticism. This is a simple English question, and it is more on topic than most that pass this way. – tchrist Sep 9 '13 at 0:02
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    If this mystifies the O.P., the O.P. may want to have a look at English Language Learners, especially for future questions. – J.R. Sep 9 '13 at 1:16

The reason why don't is is used in that title is that is imitates certain non-standard dialects of English, where don't can be used with the 3rd person singular. It is similar to the way people jocularly use ain't: it has a certain irony and force that can be appropriate for rhetorical or artistic effect.

As Az Za said, the title is based on the famous video of the honey badger, in which Randall makes funny yet educational remarks about the behaviour of the honey badger.

  • It's interesting that it's a regularization of the language: I/we don't, you don't, he/she/it don't. It's all don't. – dangph Sep 9 '13 at 3:21
  • @dangph: Exactly! Natural changes usually either work towards regularisation (like analogy), or away from it (usually through contraction). Both are frequent in language. – Cerberus Sep 9 '13 at 5:21

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Honey badger don't care is a verbatim quote from an online video. If anything, the appropriate notation would be "Honey badger don't care![sic]" since it is a direct quote.

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