Is good English dead?

Many bemoan the degradation of the use of the English language.  Some say it is because people do not write letters anymore.  Others point to the wave of texting with all of its abbreviations and incomplete words and sentences.

One of my faithful readers, Dionne in Loveland, made me aware of a

recent article about good English being dead, in the Washington Post.  Gene Weingarten has a pieced worth reading.  It points out that even newspapers are not immune from this sad trend relating to the use of the written word.

Do you have any examples?

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3 responses to “Is good English dead?

  1. Dear Bob,

    This is not good to hear, for sure, but let me tell you something : the situation is the same for French ‘-(.

    Kind Regards

    Cecile (a french and faithful reader of yours)

  2. This article is deeply frustrating. People make grammar errors all the time–so what? Grammar is a device created to help reader understanding. Therefore, as long as the reader understands, what is the problem? In the last post, a comma error caused confusion, and that made the error relevant. Writing “Obama’s” is an entirely different situation because it was clear what the writer intended; so, it doesn’t matter.

  3. Love the article. Totally disagree with Heidi — it DOES matter to me when papers of record do not check the grammar. To me the most egregious and possibly most frequent, and apparently now acceptable, misuse is “their” to refer to a singular subject as in “I’ve observed that a a report thinks their use of English doesn’t matter.” Grrrrrr. In private correspondence and on blogs I find people often don’t know know “too” exists, but I haven’t seen that in formal print … yet.