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Forsooth, and if thy language dost ne'er evolv'd, henceforth thee
wouldst speaketh as the ancient Bard. Verily, the words of man must
changeth and groweth as the seasons change -- looketh upon all the
wordings which the Bard hast introduc'd into our speech. Woulds't thou
changeth all that?
(with apologies, but since yesterday was "Talk Like Shakespeare Day" in
(and sending it to the *correct* list this time...)
From: Handy, David
Subject: RE: Today's exercise in misunderstanding English
Buck it, Gene - buck it!
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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