THE LYONS ROAR
I love being Canadian. I am proud of my heritage and my country and I would not give that up for anything.
People say to me: Canadian, EH?”
I respond: Canadian, yes! Eh!” And I laugh.
I laugh because I hear so many people in politics, in main street media, in sports, in every conceivable form of communication trying to speak ‘Canadian’. They probably don’t mean to do so but they do.
Last night, Anderson Cooper asked, “Was there eh double standard?”
A Chevron Oil commercial stated, “…make eh difference…”.
Tony Mowod, an announcer for Detroit Public Radio, WRCJ, announced, “…eh fugue…”.
A bit later he talked of, “…eh concerto…”.
This morning, Dan Matheson, an Anchor of CTV News Network talked of, “…eh fierce winter storm…” crossing the United States. I suppose he has an excuse: after all, he is Canadian.
On the same show, the weather girl, Tina Simpkin, said: “ It is eh huge deal.” She’s new to the business, I think.
By the way, the current President of the United States is the worst offender. Just listen to him for a few minutes.
Thank you to everyone for keeping my country in all your reports and stories.
The point is simple: the indefinite article “a” is pronounced “a” as in “HAT”!
“A” is NOT pronounced “EH” as in “HAY”!
DON’T GIVE ME ANY OF THE LANGUAGE EVOLVES NONSENSE!
END OF DISCUSSION!
GET WITH THE PROGRAM!
Find and correct the error in the following example.
Is there more than one?
“”A request for proposals was issued and answered. A total of 10 sites were shortlisted, including four downtown.”
Dalson Chen, “City gives blessing to tourism, WEEDC move”, The Windsor Star, Tuesday, January 11, 2011.
The word for today is “grotesque”.
What part of speech is “grotesque”?
Define “grotesque” and use it in a sentence based upon The Lyons Roar above.