Off of. Argh! Seems to be perfectly acceptable in N. America though,
but here it makes one sound like an imbecile.
The replacement of 'th' with 'v': Fahver rather than father. Makes me
want to dance a bad dance.
I have no children but my observation of hundreds leads me to believe that
the single most important thing in their obtaining decent language skills is
for their parents to have those skills. If the parents don't have them, I
suspect it is a losing battle for the schools to instill them; in most
cases, not all.
Case in point: my wife's brother (half, fortunately) spent ten years at
decent universities. He is hard pressed to string together three words into
a grammatically correct spoken sentence. His writing is even worse. My
wife does fine which surprises me as they were raised in the same household.
Must be her contact with me :)
Yep, I'd go for that! The family teachers have mentioned something
similar before now.
I find it a bit sad really - not in a patronising "isn't it a shame"
way, but spoken language is the primary method for most people to
convey their thoughts and ideas. It must be terribly frustrating to
not be able to get your point across clearly. A lot of bad behaviour
in certain children is down to this, apparently.
And it's just as bad in the newspapers, not to mention TV.
Education should provide the tools for a widening and deepening
of life, for increased appreciation of all one sees or experiences.
It should equip a person to live life well, to understand what is
happening around him, for to live life well one must live life with
awareness. -- Louis L'Amour
I remember hearing a college professor say that language evolves, but
should never be an excuse to let it get dumbed down to the lowest common
Rent the movie, Idiocracy, and see where we're headed. :-)
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
Anyone optimistically presumptuous to the extent they assume online
grammar can be corrected brings to mind the proverbial ant crawling up
an elephants hind leg with rape in mind.
Not to mention that many folks may be quite grammatical when speaking,
but have fingers that stumble ass over tea kettle when using the keyboard.
Basically, a smug presumption of grammatical superiority is likely to be
delusional at best, and showing your ass at worst.
AFAIC, knock yourselves out, but fuck you in advance ...
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