End of ADS-L Digest - 15 Aug 1994 to 17 Aug 1994 ************************************************ There are 2 messages totalling 44 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. "subverting the integrity of the language" (2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sat, 20 Aug 1994 14:47:15 EDT From: AAllan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM Subject: "subverting the integrity of the language" Bob Greene, crusading columnist of the Chicago Tribune, would agree with Don Lance's observation >there has been a considerable increase >in the use of "bad grammar" and four-letter words in quotations in newspaper >articles. Tim Frazer asked for a specific citation. Here are two: Taking a break from railing against judges for returning happy adopted kids to vicious birth parents, Greene fulminated against "the 'you-guys'-ization of America" (July 27) and "'street talk,' from the rankest vulgarities to the sloppiest English" (Aug 9). Here is his historical perspective: "Americans are increasingly abandoning grammar and proper usage of the language. For most of the country's history, men and women-and children-considered it important to at least try to speak correctly. If they didn't, they feared embarrassment-it was humiliating for a person to be unable to express himself or herself in the right manner. "That attitude is largely gone...." "Thus, the dilemma faced by newspapers. . . . Do they quote people the way the people speak, and thus help legitimize sloppy grammar? Or do they violate rules of accruacy, and make people who don't know how to speak sound as if they do?"