Thursday, December 18, 2008

Linguistic Patrol: Post-Illiteracy

Did it vary or was it an intentional giving-up of some right, privilige or requirement? Some wire-service writers are hazy on which one fits: Oh, those tricksy, tricksy homonyms, how we hateses them! The article is about tipping. Guess it's a good thing we don't tip reporters. --Though perhaps it might help.

2 comments:

BobG said...

"Guess it's a good thing we don't tip reporters."

You mean like "tipping" cows?

John Peddie (Toronto) said...

Like shooters who trust mechanical safeties on guns, an entire generation of writers have implicit faith in "Spellcheck" for grammar and spelling.

If the safety is on-if it passes the "Bill Gates Literacy Test"-they assume they're ok.

Assumptions cause dead shooters and incomprehensible / ludicrous prose.

Shame, but it's the best the little darlin's can do. Bill's English is actually more reliable than what they learned from illiterate teachers.

'Course, they could learn by reading good books by real writers, but if it's not on a screen,the current generation is helpless.

It's sad to watch a great language die.