I originally posted this during August 2014. Pointless “words” coined and falsely legitimized, merely due to frequency of use, have unspeakably degraded the English language. Their continued use was motivation to re publish this post.
I have had fellow patriots take umbrage with me over not knowing third grade use of possessives, and many are, if not my age, (62) my senior by several years.
In my teens, I had read things like Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and others such as the Sherlock Holmes series of books. The language used in these stories would have most of us forced to have a dictionary in our laps because of the degradation of our vocabulary. Sadly, myself included, since the power of words has been greatly diminished by their disuse. I am not talking about “ten dollar” words either. As one example, can anyone out there define (without having to consult a dictionary) acrimony?
For the record, the definition:
The “Forrest Gumping” of American Education.
Stupid is as Stupid’s Taught.
Sci-Fi Author Jerry Pournelle recently re-published a sixth grade reader from 1914. In his latest FIREWALL, Bill Whittle explains how full comprehension of a single paragraph from that hundred-year-old elementary school textbook eludes virtually all of today’s college graduates; shows why it is such a sin, and reveals the Progressive Struggle for Stupidity in all of its undeniable venality.
THE STRUGGLE FOR STUPIDITY