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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A Word to the Whys

I'm not a grammar nazi, as some people who know me contend. I admit I appreciate good speech, but I understand that language changes and grows, sometimes in wonderfully colorful and useful ways. However, when a grammatically clumsy phrase or linguistic clunker moves from people in the street to widespread usage by television commentators, you know the culture is headed to hell in a handbasket. Two that get me crazy are "where it's at" and "at this point in time." What the heck is wrong with "where it is" and "at this time," both far more graceful?

4 Comments:

Anonymous Jean said...

I am saddened by the misguided replacement of "who" with "that" and the loss of the contraction "you're" to "your". (Among a great many other grave more life threatening things of course! chuckles)

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Lee said...

One of my pet peeves is 'who' and 'whom' but agree with Jean that it is a shame that 'you're' has been turned into 'your'. Think it is all the computer spell checkers, my computer who obviously went to school in the USA is constantly correcting my spelling.

At this point in time, John C., must tell you that this is a funny cartoon. hee,hee,hee.

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Jean said...

Lee... I treat mine to a rather large slice of ignore! Huh! Infernal machine...don't you underline MY words in red! (((LOL)))

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My teeth go on edge whenever I hear a Brit use the word "orientate". Orient is correct. Back formations are usually wrong and always clumsy. roger

2:17 PM  

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