dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
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Grammar ain’t here: Lynn’s poor command of English

There’s another factor that makes most people want to scream when they read Lynn’s travelogue that isn’t her insular, ignorant point of view: her horrible English. Her crimes against standard usage are:

  1. Saying “You and I” when “You and me” would make more sense.
  2. Gross errors in punctuation.
  3. Gratuitous and incorrect Spanish.
  4. Overly-long sentences that go nowhere and do nothing to tell her story.
  5. Dubious spelling.

What’s more, she thinks that she writes and speaks English fairly well and gets defensive, to say the least, when it’s pointed out that she doesn’t. I’ve met a lot of people like her who don’t take kindly to reminders that they speak English improperly; their response is similar to her own: petulant yapping about my being hoity-toity. Simply put, a Lynn Johnston thinks that bad English is the language of the common man.

Tags: lynn versus the real world
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