In Response to: "Grammar..."

by Martin Haller

A couple of funny points before I begin.

1) "If an editorial WERE filled with..." This is the rarely used subjunctive tense. Perhaps you should learn it, so as not to expose yourself to ridicule.

2) "Biased of the remainder...." We become biased TO or TOWARD the remained of your article when you display such hilarious hypocrisy.

For the most part, I agree with what you're saying. I think it is rather unfortunate that people see no value in proper spelling, grammar, or punctuation. I frequent a variety of forums in which people boast of their ignorance, their malpropisms, and their misspellings.

That aside, I'm not sure I wholly agree with your thesis that perfect grammar is equivalent to perfect comprehensibility. Many times, perfect grammar actually impedes the clarity of your statement.

A good example of this would be the scene in "Beavis and Butthead Do America" (no comments please), in which a federal agent attempts to say, "That's the guy whose RV they were whacking off in" in perfect grammar. The result is something like, "That's the guy off in whose RV they were whacking." Clearer? I think not.

Furthermore, a wide variety of emotions are better expressed through colloquial language than they are through formal language. How many hit songs use flawless grammar? Etc.

So, I won't belabor a point.

Don't be so stuck up

[My Comments: There aren't too many problems with this editorial in general. I like the reference to Beavis and Butthead. Unfortunatly, there is a glaring grammatical error in the last sentence. I'll give you a hint... there's one to the right. This is why you let us edit your grammar and spelling.]

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