It should if you are trying to speak standard English, Shakespeare Lass. I'll repeat what other members have said many times in this forum - don't use the lines from popular songs as models of good grammar. Popular songs and movies contain a lot of non-standard English.But I am a little bit confused - shouldn't it be a little party never killed anybody?
Strictly speaking, you are right. But the double negative is not an uncommon slang form. The all-time great folk singer Woody Guthrie once write a song entitled I Ain't Got Nobody, with lyrics like these:Hello everyone
There is this song of Fergie, "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody."
But I am a little bit confused - shouldn't it be a little party never killed anybody?
Thank you all.
Keith Bradford said:ShakespeareLass, it really all depends on how you want to be regarded, when you speak English.
You know, there are those of us who are educated who nonetheless sometimes use a double-negative. There are far, far worse grammatical errors, and there are definitely things that bother me far, far more. I prefer "never killed nobody" to some of the pseudo-learned dreck I am sometimes forced to read, though I realize that is a personal quirk that not everyone shares.Keith Bradford said:If you want to be thought of as an intelligent, well-educated person, say "a little party never killed anybody". If you don't mind being thought careless or uneducated, say anything you please that you've dragged up from some pop-song lyric; "a little party never killed nobody" is as good a start as any..."Horses for courses" (= context is all).
Yes, really, really really.Really, Suzi? No, really?
Thanks for the replyA little party is just as good grammar as a little drink or a little boy. Little is an adjective in all three cases.
I read "a little party" as "a little partying" (or just getting with the party, e.g. dancing rather that sitting around or not even going to the party) – nothing to do with the size or duration of the party. It's not dissimilar to "a little work never hurt anyone" or "a little weed never killed anyone."A party ---> A little party [However, "little" refers to the duration in this case]