End of ADS-L Digest - 3 Jun 1994 to 6 Jun 1994 ********************************************** There is one message totalling 40 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Words of the Year ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 7 Jun 1994 08:27:42 EDT From: Wayne Glowka Subject: Re: Words of the Year >Allan wanted to know why literary types were so fussy. No answer here, >but another example: when I first taught fresh comp at Millikin U, I hd >a young colleague who was a poet by vocation, hung out with James Merrill. >This guy would scream about the corrupt use of language. "I hate my >students," he would say. > >Tim Frazer They are fussy because they are ignorant of anything but their own intuitive language processes. They believe that a ten-page grammar of English is adequate for all purposes and claim that such a grammar is beyond their students--a projection of their own limitations. They cannot imagine that someone might actually want a degree in English LANGUAGE. They also suffer from acute classism: they abjure a life that requires them to instruct the unwashed. Flawed themselves, they spend their time picking out what they see as flaws in others. When one of them is ranting about the inability of a student to write "without grammar," ask how it is that favorite books such as _Huckleberry Finn_ and _The Color Purple_ are great works of art written in dialect. The ensuing embarrassment is wonderful. These people cannot tell you that they prefer Johnson's fiction because of its cultured prose. They've never read Johnson's admission on the futility of language control. They drive me crazy. Wayne Glowka Professor of English Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]mail.gac.peachnet.edu