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  • I see nothing whatever wrong double negatives and tenses and cases and complete words or phrases. The problem is when these things are used in the wrong context. Frankly, if I am in a bar in Southie, I would find "we was here last night" to be much more reasonable than something like "yesterday eve, the lot of us were assembled at this establishment."

    It's all context, I think. One might argue that a shop assistant should speak "more properly" because, in this context, he should be trying to present a professional appearance for his employer, but in another context, I don't necessarily see any problem with it.

    I use "improper" English much the time (and "improper" Perl, too!), but when writing an article or paper or coding a module for my job or the CPAN, I'll use a more "proper" dialect.