[lit-ideas] Re: grades & kleenex

  • From: David Ritchie <ritchierd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 06 May 2004 20:41:34 -0700

Thank you for your explanations, Harold and Judy.  They explain what I
already understood, but I thank you for taking the time to write them.
Judy's lists of examples will come in handy at some point.

I stand by my first post, to the last.  I think the solution fails the
ugliness test.  It's no use telling me that language changes and so we must
adapt.  Of course, of course.  I have taught courses on the history of
English.  But when fingers scratch the blackboard, when people write English
with a tin ear, using the language as if it were a runabout from
Rent-A-Wreck, I expostulate uselessly.  It's a habit.

David Ritchie
Portland, Oregon  

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