Eschewing Obfuscation

Thanks to World Net Daily for passing along this little gem on Americans' poor writing habits.

Those might be the Top Ten, but there are a couple of others that bear mention.

One is the misplaced apostrophe. The years between 1990 and 1999 are properly referred to as the '90s, not the 90's.

The second is using "that" to refer to people. "That" refers to non-humans; human beings are properly referred to as "who", or "whom" or "whose".

The third is the propensity to use "may" where "might", "can", or "could" would be proper.

And, thanks to the advent of the earliest text editors (which made no distinction between the "hard" hyphen and the "soft" hyphen), it seems as though the hyphen has long since fallen out of favor. A person who works for himself or herself is "self-employed", not "self employed".

Lastly comes the annoying habit of those who claim they "could care less" about correct grammar and spelling. Frankly, we couldn't care less about such people's stupidity.



At 5:47 AM, September 16, 2007, Blogger Richard Waite said...

The words "less" and "amount" should not be used in reference to people. Anything, including inanimate objects, which can be counted must be referred to as "fewer" or "number" instead. "Less" and "amount" refer to bulk items such as wheat, or manure which is essentially uncountable. and is usually weighed to determine its quantity.

At 10:35 AM, September 17, 2007, Blogger Master Doh-San said...

Quite correct.


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