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RIP, the English language

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by MTM, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. MTM

    MTM Well-Known Member

    A good read by Gene Weingarten. I love the highlighted sentences.


    The English language, which arose from humble Anglo-Saxon roots to become the lingua franca of 600 million people worldwide and the dominant lexicon of international discourse, is dead. It succumbed last month at the age of 1,617 after a long illness. It is survived by an ignominiously diminished form of itself.

    The end came quietly on Aug. 21 on the letters page of The Washington Post. A reader castigated the newspaper for having written that Sasha Obama was the "youngest" daughter of the president and first lady, rather than their "younger" daughter. In so doing, however, the letter writer called the first couple the "Obama's." This, too, was published, constituting an illiterate proofreading of an illiterate criticism of an illiteracy. Moments later, already severely weakened, English died of shame. ...
  2. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    I thought that the fatal blow was struck when most folks gave up on figuring out the difference between healthy and healthful.
  3. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    I guess Heaven needed a language
  4. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    The English language is thriving. He seemed to be lamenting the death of the newspaper copy editor.
  5. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    And so much for the statement of condolence.

    Pues, en espanol, tal vez.
  6. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    Boom can write the official SportsJournalists.com letter of condolence.
  7. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    But it can't be in Eng....OK, never mind, he's good
  8. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    No, no, it's still alive and kicking, I just checked. I guess Cliff Fletcher must have passed along another bad rumor.
  9. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Their ain't no reason too think English is dead.
  10. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    Should of seen this coming.
  11. doctorx

    doctorx Member

    Hopefully your rite.
  12. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    english dead? your out of you're mind
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