Overheard on the local FOX news:

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIO.EDU
Mon Dec 4 05:12:18 UTC 2006

And overheard today on our favorite prescriptive network, NPR:  A woman has
written a book on the value of diagramming sentences in school--the old
way, of course, horizontally, with angled lines shooting off
everywhere.  Why valuable?  Because it might teach students to write
"accurately," instead of merely "expressing their feelings."  Why there is
an assumed dichotomy between these two is beyond me.  But no doubt this is
why Faulkner is almost "impossible" to diagram.  And of course Scott Simon
(who followed  with something like "with whom we deal with") just thought
she was marvelous. Sigh.

At 10:06 PM 12/3/2006, you wrote:
>Something about someone suggesting a "_rehaul_ of U.S. forces in Iraq."
>All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
>come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
>-Sam Clemens
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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