MAJOR PET PEEVE
“EVERYONE’S DOING IT”
After reading the following comment complaining that I should quit being upset by common “errors”, read my reaction.
Hi Michael. I think you get too upset by common “errors” like not distinguishing between “who” and “that,” or pronouncing “a” as “hay.” If everyone is doing it, can you really claim that they are wrong? I’m not trying to argue linguistic philosophy, but just here, in your case, I think you should recognize that language shifts happen, and there’s no point in insisting that they are bad.
I applaud that language is alive. I know language shifts are not bad. But I want language to evolve, not devolve. I will never accept that, “If everyone is doing it, can you really claim that they are wrong?”
Yes, at times, I can really claim that they are wrong!
If everyone is misusing “who” and “whom” or “who” and “that”, that makes everyone wrong, and I do not apologize for trying to correct everyone nor will I stop endeavouring to maintain correct and proper standards.
Everyone should strive to improve and to become better, and not to wallow in ignorance, otherwise, “I seen” or “I shoulda went” or “mischievious” or “Tom and myself are going to the game” will become the acceptable norm.
I expect everyone not to settle for the lowest common denominator and, particularly, I expect newspaper writers and television and radio readers and newscasters to be correct at all times. They are paid professionals and should write or speak professionally. They are the ones heard by thousands on a daily basis and they should lead by example and, if they do not, they should be held accountable.
The mandate is simple: strive for correctness at all times and do not accept “good enough, they get the idea”. Ignorance is not bliss; it is ignorance.
Identify and correct the error in the following piece.
“Yes, for the friendly voice on the radio that caused countless thousands to fall in love with Tigers baseball, but more so, for the quality of person he was from the day he was born until the day he died.”
Bob Duff, “Tiger icon as humble as they come”, The Windsor Star, Friday, May 7, 2010.
The word for today is “gesticulation“.
What part of speech is “gesticulation“?
Define “gesticulation” and use it in a sentence.
What other parts of speech can be made from “gesticulation“?
CORRECTIONS & EXPLANATIONS
Corrections and explanations for this week’s entries will be posted Sunday.