Re: Yay or Nay - OP

Subject: Re: Yay or Nay - OP
From: DaLy <swiggles247 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "Guy K. Haas" <guy -at- hiskeyboard -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2012 09:02:14 -0800 (PST)






Hi Guy,
 
Just pointing out that spell check, per se matters not. Strange you were the only one who caught that fact.
 
My main concern is the 'dumbing' down of our kids by a public school employees claiming they are overworked and underpaid. Not every student should finish public school in 12 years. Some require more time while others, less time.
 
If, as others posted, spelling isn't necessary (due to advances in technology), then why teach it. The same should go for math (use calculators - quicker, accurate (with a working power source) and require less student and teacher effort) and/or reading (use audio books also requiring less student and teacher effort). From my observations (of K to 12 students,) we are creating an obese, lazy, gimme gimme gimme generation. And that my friends is sad, very sad.
 
DaLy

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From: Guy K. Haas <guy -at- hiskeyboard -dot- com>
Subject: Re: Yay or Nay
To: "B.J. Smith" <bjsmith -at- ucar -dot- edu>
Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 8:41 AM


As regards homophones and spelling, what does your dictionary say about
"yay", as in our subject line?

The on-line Websters I consulted, as well as the Oxford English Dictionary
and Oxford American English Dictionary, do not recognize "yay" as the
counterpart to "nay".  In voting, I've seen the affirmative response
rendered as "yea" and the negative as "nay", while "yay" is more of a
cheer.

Comments?

--Guy K. Haas
  Software Exegete in Silicon Valley


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