BaalChatzaf Posted June 1, 2008 Share Posted June 1, 2008 Here is an interesting exercise. Take a look at an English grammar and style book for school children written in the late 19th century or early 20th. For examples, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McGuffey_Readers. What do you notice? You will see long paragraphs made up of complex sentences loaded with dependent clauses up the Ying Yang. Such constructs were able to express complex ideas. And these meaty works were not just for the intellectual elite either. They were used for ordinary school children, the children of clerks, mechanics and day laborers. Now contrast this with the crap you see in the early grades of the public school. Fraking Dick, Jane and Spot. And even in the magazines and newspapers the paragraphs are short. If I have to blame someone, I blame Ernest Hemmingway who made short paragraphs literarily acceptable. Once you see Why Johny can't read, you will see Why Johny can't think. George Orwell showed us where dumbed down language can lead. Newspeak. Newspeak or quack-talk is incapable of supporting any complex intellectual constructs. Taken to its extreme humanity can be reduced to grunting brutes. And now to make things worse we have texting. Because handphone and padd screens are so small, we must resort to abbreviations and acronyms. IMHO that is fatal to our intellects FAPP. But that is just an opinion. YMMV. Bring back McGuffey!Ba'al Chatzaf Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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