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Assassination of the English Language!

June 6, 2009

Dear Diary

It just stopped raining.  I am in my bedroom, drowning in my own sweat and thinking about this week’s events. One thing keeps nagging me. I’ll get back to that shortly.

First let me tell you how delighted I was to find a network of Mauritians diligently blogging and consequently, building a community where opinions are generously shared. Residing on the other half of the planet, I always take pride in imparting the fact that I’m from Mauritius.  On this side of Earth, very few people know the existence of my small island in the Indian Ocean.

Anyway Diary, back on the nit-picking thought.  I’m a sucker for any beautifully-written published article/document.  I’m unquestionably impressed with the blogs composed by some of the Mauritians.  It’s the way you write that, as a result, captures your targeted readers. However, my fussy eyes can’t go over misspelled words, plain grammatical bloopers, incorrect sentence structure, and wrong tenses. No matter how alluring your article is.

One blog captivated my interest today and one tiny word ruined it for me: ‘scaring’ used as an adjective!! Ouch! What happened to ‘scary’?

Do not let it happen again. PLEASE. Make sure you know your adjectives and nouns before you start writing.

This is not a hate blog, mind you Diary.

Please let me know if I’ve breached any syntax of the English language!

I come in peace.

Wez

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 30, 2009 11:46 am

    If there were ever a militia for protecting the English language, I would be among the first to sign up, despite the fact that I butcher the language in speech! This is to say that I, too, am appalled by some of the mistakes I come across.

    Other than the absence of a comma before the final “and” in the following sentence, I applaud your excellent English writing skills 🙂

    “However, my fussy eyes can’t go over misspelled words, plain grammatical bloopers, incorrect sentence structure and wrong tenses”

    Regarding my inability to speak English properly, I put it down to a total lack of disciplinary pronounciation in creole. I used to speak rodriguan creole but was battered into mauritianising it when I moved to Mauritius; and mind you, rodriguan creole bears a semblance of discipline — contrary to Mauritians, all Rodriguans speak creole the same way.

    Eddy.

  2. moodyboo permalink*
    June 30, 2009 2:42 pm

    Oh it was a bloop alright! Thanks for pointing it out to me. So can we call ourselves pedantic now? 🙂

  3. moodyboo permalink*
    June 30, 2009 2:44 pm

    “However, my fussy eyes can’t go over misspelled words, plain grammatical bloopers, incorrect sentence structure, and wrong tenses.”

    Rectified! Ta Eddy.

  4. June 30, 2009 2:56 pm

    Hehe! I was being pedantic on purpose. But, I take my hate for txtspk and 133t very seriously.

    Eddy.

  5. moodyboo permalink*
    June 30, 2009 3:32 pm

    Oops guess you ain’t gon like dis den!

    LOL

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