Is the English Language -- Are Other Languages -- Doomed?
When I was a child, Mom would "nag" me if I made a mistake in my speech. I suppose she couldn't help it. She'd majored in English at Temple University, after all. But it didn't stop with my mom.
I have became rather loquacious, as a result. Although imperfect, I am a perfectionist. Maybe I go too far.
Today, the rule seems to be that pronunciation, spelling, grammar, and even logic do not matter. While it's good to take a reasonable approach, at the same time a lackadaisical attitude threatens to degrade communication.
Consider a couple of common, minor errors thrust upon us due to our not taking a diligent stance...
- George is stressed out. His friend tells him he should " try and relax ". Suppose he does try and fails. How does that help him relax? He should have been advised " try to relax ".
- In his geometry class, Bob demonstrates exceptional skill. His friend, Bill, suggests he is " better than any " of the students. Would it not be better to say that Bob is better than any other student ? You see, Bob is not better than himself.
True, we understand the intent. Yet even so, the logic of communication has been compromised.
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