English is "diminishing"

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon Feb 4 20:12:58 UTC 2008

English is the international language of aviation.  I wonder if it is also the international language of ships at sea.

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> Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2008 14:36:58 -0500
> From: laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
> Subject: Re: English is "diminishing"
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> Poster: Laurence Horn
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>>Wow, thanks for passing this along.
>>Still, this piece is so poorly argued and violative of the linguistic
>>principles it pretends to defend that I wonder whether it's intended as
> No, I think it's a deadly serious but poorly written undergraduate essay.
> "The movie "Clueless" is based on Jane Austen's novel "Emma,"
> although students and adults alike fail to regard Austen's prolific
> work as the mother of literary offspring."
> Two parts oblivion with a dollop of delusional, stir until completely
> mixed, add in a pinch of hostility,...
> What can you say?
> LH
>>On 2/4/08 10:03 AM, "Andrea Morrow"  wrote:
>>> I teach business communication, and I subscribe to an online headline
>>> news service that supposedly brings me "the top headlines in the
>>> field" (according to the service's copy).
>>> One of today's headlines was "English Language Still Diminishing in
>>> Quality". As we all know, this has been such a familiar complaint,
>>> it's a wonder English hasn't diminished right out of existence. Turns
>>> out, the headline is from a college newspaper editorial, with such
>>> statements as: "Wave goodbye to the days of extant originality and
>>> herald the proximity of clones thinking similar ideas." Here's the
>>> link:
>>> http://theapp.appstate.edu/content/view/3060/41/
>>> I only mention this because it feeds the common (mis)perception that
>>> English is somehow endangered - and it came to me via a supposedly
>>> professional channel that is said to capture the latest ideas.
>>> Andrea
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