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Public illiteracy

January 4, 2013

Tags: Language bashing

A friend e-mailed yesterday that he had single-handedly convinced Price Chopper to say "12 items or fewer," so I took a look at Stop & Shop this morning and sure enough, they were grammatically in the know. But the language is running a fever, aching all over, as supposedly educated people expose it to horrendous abuse. TV scripts are no exception, although they would probably mutter an excuse about making the dialogue realistic. He and I or him and me are often exchangable, even as they make us cringe. And where did "different from" get buried? Our kids grew up shaking their heads whenever they said "different than" and I answered "from" instead of replying to whatever the remark was. Newspapers have dispensed with the noble copy editor, especially the one who drove everyone crazy with what seemed like nit-picking questions. But those editors were the stone wall between reporters and language run amok.

Our best with a copy editor was after we returned from Grenada, pre-invasion. We had bounced over pock-marked mountain roads in the dark as we traveled from the old airport to our luxurious villa on the beach on the other side of the island. For the Washington Post, Milt wrote something about 3,457 potholes between us and the resort, and the copy editor actually called to ask if he had counted them. "Hyperbole," he said. They let it go as written.

And then there's the flagrant use of four-letter words ... but that's a different battle.

Comments

  1. February 11, 2013 9:43 AM EST
    Thank you for upholding the standards of the English language. Although our version of it is a work in progress we need to be able to understand each other during the process. I always enjoy your columns. Keep up the good work.
    - John Masiero