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Death By Mediocrity

THEY’RE THERE now in THEIR new home. ITS small town charm makes it seem like IT’S a winner, while other choices of residence were THROWN down from the THRONE of their affection. Yet WHO’S going to guess WHOSE choice this summer may be camping IN TENTS, which might be too INTENSE for some? WHERE such a location might be could WEAR out the faint of heart…
What brings on this direction of thought, one might ask? It has to do with the sad state of English grammar in many a conversation thread, blog, and even the writing of “professional” journalists. Where are the editors? Where are the proofreaders? Additionally, if spellcheck exists, should there not be grammar check, as well as word check of such sophistication that it can discern the subtle and proper uses and correct forms of words?
There’s more at stake with this than meets the eye, more than worrying about someone yelling because he or she cannot seem to figure out how to release the caps lock on his or her device, and are therefore regarded as displaying cyber rudeness. Who made that a priority?
But then again, WHAT EVER happened to checking WHATEVER you have written, by making sure that what you WRITE is RIGHT? It still boils down to the human element as to where the buck stops on this. Or will we insist upon giving away our power and commitment to excellence in communication to machines? If that is the case, then our inattentiveness to what’s NOW HERE may lead us further down the path to NOWHERE. We could raise the bar from COMMON TATER to COMMENTATOR.
There are those who will accuse us of being elitist with these remarks about making language great again. Yet if we are going to insist that others speak and write English in our English speaking USA, so as to be cultural contributors, it might be a good idea for those who claim English as their native tongue to actually start speaking and writing it appropriately themselves, with attention to detail. Or is that degree of ATTENTION TO writing TOO much of A TENSION and such a stressor?
It’s not about being elitist; it’s about taking back the culture from the jaws of death by mediocrity, beginning with language, and turning it around from the dumbing down of the last half century (or more) toward something that we can be proud of once again. It requires effort.
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