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February 11, 2008

And bad grammar is killing us

Jennifer A. Smith

While my personal e-mail account is blissfully free of spam, my work one is not. Today, this little nugget appeared with the perky subject line "Greetings!":

America is die! Read tihs!!!

Um, thanks, but no.

(And yes, I realize this post has nothing to do with the arts, but I couldn't help myself.)

Posted by Jennifer A. Smith at February 11, 2008 8:33 AM


Yesterday I received an e-mail from my son's school district. The e-mail header read: "LANSING PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT - 2/11/2008
To Hour Delay"

Should I worry about my son's education?

Posted by: Bridgette at February 12, 2008 11:02 AM

Reminds me of the Clive James poem, published in 2005 in the Guardian:

Windows is shutting down, and grammar are
On their last leg. So what am we to do?
A letter of complaint go just so far,
Proving the only one in step are you.

Better, perhaps, to simply let it goes.
A sentence have to be screwed pretty bad
Before they gets to where you doesnt knows
The meaning what it must of meant to had.

The meteor have hit. Extinction spread,
But evolution do not stop for that.
A mutant languages rise from the dead
And all them rules is suddenly old hat.

Too bad for we, us what has had so long
The best seat from the only game in town.
But there it am, and whom can say its wrong?
Those are the break. Windows is shutting down.

Posted by: James Watts at February 12, 2008 2:32 PM

Bridgette: These are indeed dark times when we all (and not just a certain Mr. Bush) must ask , "Is our children learning?"

James: Love it! Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Jennifer Smith at February 12, 2008 3:31 PM