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Oct 05 2016

The Guardian: Opposing Linguistic Decay Is Racist

One symptom of our self-induced decline is a conspicuous sloppiness with language, which reflects the prevailing unfocused, undisciplined, unintelligent, self-indulgent, and incompetent state of mind. Linguistic decay is a good thing according to The Guardian. Why? Because to say otherwise is racist:

All other factors equal, people who can speak and write their language properly are superior to those who can’t. However, this opinion could lead to language inequality and is therefore politically incorrect. When utopia is achieved, value will be destroyed in language as in all other areas of life, so that we will all grunt unintelligibly in a single uniform voice, snug in the knowledge that no one is any better.

33 Responses to “The Guardian: Opposing Linguistic Decay Is Racist”

  1. Scattergood Baines says:

    ‘The Bell Curve’

  2. ramrodd says:

    how does one pronounce th…..????

  3. Mr. Freemarket says:

    The Eloi didn’t seem to care much for precision in language.

  4. Feet2Fire - The Deplorable says:

    It’s obvious that the reason they are pushing this crud is because there are so many FOREIGNERS in Europe now that “proper English” no longer exists. Notice the race of the narrator, as opposed to the race of the “grammar snob.” Anyone who dares to use and insist upon correct English is obviously RACISSSSSSSST ! (This will only get worse, as the numbers of imported migrants increases, not to mention the influence of the new transfer of ICANN to outsider nations… No doubt the internet “community” is about to be “invaded” by Third Worlders just like Europe and USA…)

    In the interest of full disclosure:
    (Only watched first 13 seconds of this BS, because life is too short.)

  5. Bodhisattva says:

    He be, she be, they be.

  6. doug johnson says:

    I gotta agree with the condescending lib on this one. It’s stupid to get picky about rules that don’t affect meaning. I took very high level English classes, and it got to the point where they were marking my answers 55% right or wrong because, ultimately, the say on what’s correct comes down to several college boards, and THEY disagree. They also change with the times, as the rule about ending sentences with prepositions has changed. You gotta pick your battles. When they start pushing Ebonics on us, that’s where I draw the line.

  7. MsnDxn says:

    She thinks people who use good grammar are “patronizing, pretentious, and just plain wrong”? Wow.

    Considering that I’m one of her so-called “grammar snobs” who balks at poor language usage, just imagine what I think of *her*! “Uneducated”, “arrogant”, and “life-long burger-flipper” come to mind immediately.

  8. TED says:

    Of course, THEY think ANYTHING requiring an I.Q. over double digits is racist, It’s the BEST they can do.

  9. TED says:

    JEALOUSY is what fuels the LEFT.

  10. TED says:

    BAM!!!! NAILED IT!!!!

  11. TED says:

    BTW! EXACTLY WHY should WE care what the illiterate 13% of the population thinks (if you actually want to call THAT thinking)??!!

  12. jeffunde says:

    You have to understand that pretty soon Ebonics will be upon us and it will be too late to draw the line. This is like 20 years ago when we were told that if we didn’t like a show, change the channel. So people changed channels but that did make shows go away, in fact it probably made the shows what they are today nothing but junk and you have to still pay for it.

  13. Wilberforce says:

    Straight out of “Idiocracy”.

    “Unaware of what year it was, Joe wandered the streets desperate for help. But the English language had deteriorated into a hybrid of hillbilly, valleygirl, inner-city slang and various grunts. Joe was able to understand them, but when he spoke in an ordinary voice he sounded pompous and ‘faggy’ to them.”

  14. Wilberforce says:

    By the way, remember how, during the George Zimmerman trial, “Jeantel” stated that she couldn’t read cursive? This is coming from the same people…

  15. Occam's Stubble says:

    We shouldn’t be teaching cursive anymore than we should be teaching kids how to use a buggy whip. It’s a skill whose time has passed. They should be given a short course in how to read it and maybe how to sign their own name. That’s it.

    I’m with this lady on things like fewer and less but there’s a difference between usage and just doing things wrong. Using an apostrophe to make a word plural is wrong and grammar snobs are right to point out such things.

  16. Occam's Stubble says:

    I think the fate of the English language was cast when Great Britain spread the language to the ends of the Earth. With billions of people speaking it and so few hard and fast rules, change was inevitable.

  17. JackisBack says:

    It’s better to be a lazy grammar slob than an elitist (White) grammar snob. – The Ad Council.

  18. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    Agreed. Languages evolve, and words have meaning only by convention. That said, in universities I strongly suspect that attacks on proper English and those who teach it are motivated (at least in part) by cultural Marxism. Precise speech is precise thought. Noam Chomsky is a raving leftist, but he has that right (as did George Orwell many others before him).

  19. go fucketh thyself….

  20. KHarn says:

    “There should be less more shit nonsense in her snobbish aloof dialog talk.”
    Is that better, you moron?

  21. Daniel says:

    Reduce the standards so we can all be equally stupid. Some people are categorically inferior. Let’s accept THAT rather than trying to lower the standards.

    For “progressives” they seem more interested in white and Asian people being more “regressive.”

  22. Tim says:

    “The grammar what they say it with”. An appropriate conclusion for her anti-grammar-snob snob nonsense.

  23. Feet2Fire - The Deplorable says:

    Nothing wrong with a language “evolving.” Happens the world over–and not just with English. But they’re not talking about “evolving”; more like DE-volving, dumbing down, and just plain not caring about accuracy or maintaining any standards of literacy or even logic. When a culture decides that it’s preferable to refer to a gender as “zhe” or “they” rather than “he” or “she,” something is radically wrong. The more a language is debased, the more the culture/society crumbles. JMHO.

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  25. John Reddy says:

    There are (and should be) two sets of rules, one for informal dialogue, the other for more formal speaking and writing. I may speak one way with friends on a golf course or in a bar, that language being filled with colloquialisms, slang and probably profanity. I certainly wouldn’t speak that way to clients or addressing a professional group. The same thing applies to emails between friends and business letters.

    The problem is that the informal probably had a tendency to degrade the formal unless we folks who actually care about preservation of the language (we who are older, wealthier and wiser), make a concerted effort not to allow the monkeys to rule the jungle.

  26. Occam's Stubble says:

    Agreed. Usage changes like interchanging less and fewer are fine as is eliminating rules about ending sentences with a preposition or beginning them with a conjunction. However, making something plural using an apostrophe is confusing to the reader and grammar Nazis are right to point it out.

  27. SamWah says:

    The Grauniad strikes again! Mostly…Out.

  28. rex freeway says:

    The entire free world relies on proper English to fly. All Pilots and Air traffic controllers use the English language to communicate. Please dont let this sub par sjw anywhere near an airport control tower. It’s obvious she will never be a pilot. That takes commitment to excellence and knowledge of proper English.

  29. Allan says:

    Yeah, let’s all DEVOLVE into Ebonics.

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  31. Occam's Stubble says:

    What does cursive have to do with Ebonics?

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