Saturday, February 19, 2011

What Happens in Vagueness Stays in Vagueness

This by Clark Whelton from City Journal. He's hyperventilating because he thinks that the English language going to hell.  I don't care, things change, music sucks, literature sucks, movies suck. Mostly being old sucks. Every generation thinks the world is going to hell in a handbasket. It is hard not to appreciate his indignation though. I'll wager he typed it in Helvetica Bold, rolled it up tight and shot it out of a torpedo tube. Signed, Outraged in New York!

Ambiguity has a death grip on our syntax. The principles of effective speech are in tatters. Verbal chaos reigns. Linguistic rabble have stormed the grammar palace. The principles of effective speech have gone up in flames.

Yeah? Well, welcome to the world of 1410 Oakwood!

5 comments:

Mimbres Man said...

Like, I really liked that, you know?

Oldfool said...

Huh?

Anonymous said...

I stormed the grammar palace too

mainly ya know lookin for hot chicks
but man it was a big drag like nuthin goin on
for reals


mw <3

Anonymous said...

English has been evolving since the very first word was spoken.(Old English looked a lot like German.) It evolves from the ground up. (Old English was too hard for the common peasant--our ancestors.) The rules of grammar that we know were set in place by anal retentive clergy in the 17th and 18th century. The rules are a matter of taste without rationale. I admit that valley girl speak is a pain the in the ass, but I like most people think that English should have stopped evolving the day I was born, and all subsequent changes are bad. The human comedy rolls on. Dex

Silk Hope said...

The day the English language stays the same it will become like Latin...DEAD. to stay alive and vibrant you need to change and grow.