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This isn't just a matter of a new word gatecrashing the dictionary. This
is key grammar.
The number of people who think that legalized bad grammar is a portent
of a crumbling civilization is kinda small, but it includes me; and if
we writers don't jump up and down about this, nobody will. Grammar =
expressivity. Replace sensible grammar rules with "ok, whatever" and you
limit people's ability to say *exactly* what they mean.
By the way, I'm not jumping on Gene here, or whoever wrote the original
sentence - gramnmar is tough, time is short, and jargon happens. But
remember Gandhi - be the lexical change you want to see in the world!
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Behalf Of Gene Kim-Eng
Sent: 23 April 2009 19:35
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Subject: Re: Today's exercise in misunderstanding English
Nothing. Just seems a wee bit late to try to buck the trend on this
----- Original Message -----
From: "Christopher Bolster" <christopher -dot- bolster -at- gmail -dot- com>
> What's wrong with the noun 'update'? Seems counterintuitive to
> replace the simple and clear with the awkward.
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