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2 Gents on pinkmonkey
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1939  Monday, 25 October 2004

[1]     From:   Norman Hinton <
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        Date:   Friday, 22 Oct 2004 10:38:27 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1925 2 Gents on pinkmonkey

[2]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Friday, 22 Oct 2004 13:23:33 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1925 2 Gents on pinkmonkey


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From:           Norman Hinton <
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Date:           Friday, 22 Oct 2004 10:38:27 -0500
Subject: 15.1925 2 Gents on pinkmonkey
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1925 2 Gents on pinkmonkey

I used to tell my students who were going to be teachers "You will of
course work as hard as you can, but the one to three hours a week that
we get the students and talk about good writing is snowed under by the
hours per week they hear from athletic coaches, insurance salesman, disc
jockeys, school principals, and other folks who don't have a grasp of
Standard Written English...."

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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Friday, 22 Oct 2004 13:23:33 -0400
Subject: 15.1925 2 Gents on pinkmonkey
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1925 2 Gents on pinkmonkey

It is not astonishing to find poor diction in engineering journals.  But
what about publications that have traditionally prided themselves on the
purity of their English?

I have recently found a number of solecisms of this sort in The New
Yorker of all places.  For example, in an article by an Australian
priest who complained that he had been discriminated against in a
variety of ways, he said that he had been asked to take a certain test
"biennially."  In context, he clearly meant "semiannually."  How would
Ross have reacted?

Perhaps this sloppiness goes hand-in-hand with The New Yorker's
transmutation into a flaccid left-leaning organ.

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