Iulia Linnea (iulia_linnea) wrote,
Iulia Linnea

Links and an opinion on the English language

Assorted links:

He doesn't want to tell you (how he got trapped behind that couch). Amusing comments about vid. WS.

The Man Your Man Could Smell Like (WS vid) on a cake! (WS image.) Andrew's a lucky boy.

This text isn't WS when you highlight it. There's a technical term for this technique, but I forget it.

From one perspective, this is a funny kitty pic, but if you look closely enough, you'll see the angry bunny! (WS image.)

Yet another WS image of a performing kitty.

In other news, I've been discussing whether it would be better to simplify English spelling or found an academy to dictate and defend our language usage. My suggestion, now that I have left the "debate," is this: let's just teach the language. And hey, why not also make a point of teaching other languages, too? (Things got kind of ugly after that suggestion was put forward, which is one of the reasons that I left the discussion.) In any case, it's not elitism that drives me to desire that people understand the basics of the English language; my reasoning is more pragmatically democratic: English is the common language of the U.S., and we need to be able to communicate with one another using it. We don't need academies of pedants to attempt to restrict the growth and change of our living language. We don't need xenophobic legislators to designate English as our official language. We simply need to teach English and expect that our students learn to make themselves understood in a variety of contexts.

/unsolicited opinion
Tags: links, opinion, vids

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