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Re: USAGE : ALOT: the final word

From:Adam Walker <carrajena@...>
Date:Monday, December 29, 2003, 3:02
--- Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...> wrote:
> --- Andreas Johansson <andjo@...> wrote: > > Tristan's already said most of what I wanted to > sat > > in reponse to this, but > > I'd like to take issue with the notion that > > something commonly enough used to > > deserve this kind of flak could be a "non-word". > > <snip> > > Well I guess I've been good a properly put in my > placve by you and Tristan. I guess there's some > ressesive grammar cop gene that rears its ugly head > now and then. I really love language and I really > get > offended when I hear something that rubs me the > wrong > way. >
Just be glad I din't send the e-mail I'd thought to. I read on and decided Tristan and Andreas had said pretty much what I was fixin to only alot politer.
> But in the final analysis my being offended is not > going to stop the march of change. I'm sure Chaucer > would have been offended by the way Shakespeare > spoke > and I'm sure Shakespeare would be offended by the > way > we speak, so just because some old fogey (like me) > doesn't like a given change doesn't mean it's "bad" > or > "wrong". >
Well, there's plenty o things which Shakespeare wrote which'd get 'im in deep muck with any modern editor. He used alot of words and phrases and even grammar which are now considered substandard.
> I stand corrected, and I appologize for my stubborn > streak. I'll just have to grin and bear it until > such > time as I get used to seing it. I'm not sure I'll > start using it alot myself. (Oh My God! That was a > struggle to type!) Nope, I just dont' see myself > ever > using it. When I read it I picture a writer who is > definitely under 30 and probably under 25 years old, > just as when I see "U R" for "your are" I know the > writer is a teenager. >
Thanks for enyounging me. I use alot with relish and am definitely over 32. I'm also an English teacher by profession and training. I don't use U R, but I have no bone to pick with them as do.
> Oh well, as Henry Higgins observed, nobody can open > their mouth without making someone else despise > them. >
> --garyhout making someone else despise them. > > --gary
Adam who ain't worried about buggin ya'll ===== Fached il prori ul pañeveju mutu chu djul atexindu. -- Carrajena proverb