Off topic: Fighting over the English language - review of a new book
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Susan Welsh  Identity Verified
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Dec 4, 2009

I awoke at 4:00 this morning, unable to sleep because of irritation at a person who was fussing over my absolutely flawless translation. Opening up the Washington Post, I found this review of a new book, Lexicographer's Dilemma: The Evolution of `Proper' English from Shakespeare to `South Park', by Jack Lynch. The review is funny, and makes me want to read the book. A good lesson to "lighten up"!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/03/AR2009120304129.html


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Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
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Nice! Dec 4, 2009

Thanks for sharing - I want to go out and buy the book too, now. Although of course if it's in written in US English, it'll provide me with more opportunities to go crazy

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Thanks! Dec 4, 2009

Thanks for sharing

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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Thank you for that Dec 4, 2009

A very amusing and well-written review. I wonder if the review is better than the book? Maybe I'll buy the book and find out. Though I too might go crazy about what the Americans have done to "our" language!

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TonyTK
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The Americans? Dec 4, 2009

Jack Doughty wrote:

A very amusing and well-written review. I wonder if the review is better than the book? Maybe I'll buy the book and find out. Though I too might go crazy about what the Americans have done to "our" language!


No, Jack, they ain't done nothing to it. For sure.


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@TonyTK: Them's fightin' words! Dec 5, 2009

My husband, who convinced me before I married him 40 years ago that he knows practically everything that is worth knowing, and who more recently has spent 10-15 years studying Shakespeare's England and the "America Project" of what remained of the English Renaissance, once told me that American English is closer to Shakespeare's English than British English is. I don't know if that's true or not, but certainly those dudes on the BBC Shakespeare videos speak our common language as though they had marbles in their mouths.

Susan


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Ain't done nothing? Dec 5, 2009

Well, they ain't done nothing with the expression "ain't done nothing" anyway. Cor blimey mate, Cockneys have been saying that for centuries (only they pronounce it "ain't done nuffin").

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