Wednesday, June 04, 2003

I went down to the Bloody Crossroads of Grammar and Politics and refused all rides offered.

I was reminded, while reading that article, of a wonderful article a year or so back in Harper's by David Foster Wallace called (something like) "What we mean when we speak English". Anyway it is about the "usage wars", which many of you probably didn't even know were still being fought.

I hate to break it to you, but the usage wars are going about as well as the wars against terrah, drugs, and poverty, and victory in those wars will look a whole lot like victory in Iraq and Afghanistan (minus the dead people but with just as many lies and misrepresentations of reality).

Three Dog Night: "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)"


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