Forget Latin. English is the new dead language

Even when the Associated Press style guide continued its plunge off the liberal cliff, you could at least say one thing for them. They may be adopting the language of liberal correctness in their choice of adjectives, but for the most part they still insist on using actual words assembled in mechanically correct sentence structure. But how long will that last when the major dictionaries are now adding huge volumes of new “words” every year that haven’t withstood the test of time or scrutiny of the literate community? (I won’t even get started with a comprehensive list, but Websters recently added “riduckingficulous” and it goes downhill from there.)

Of course, spotty language needs to find a way to creep out of dusty dictionaries and into accepted publications. Enter A.W. Strouse, a professor at the City University of New York (CUNY). He’s tired of seeing the downtrodden masses being further downtrodden for their colorful and frequently ineffable choices of words these days. And not just in daily speech around the quad, either. He’s talking about language used in scholarly papers. (Washington Free Beacon)

A professor of medieval literature published an article Friday, in which he argued that students and scholars should not be “privileging certain forms of speech over others” and advocated for the use of “nonstandard,” “improper” English in academic work.

A.W. Strouse, who teaches at the City University of New York (CUNY) and the New School, claimed in Inside Higher Ed that it was a sign of “prejudices” to believe, for example, that overusing the word “like” in one’s speech is a sign of “unintelligence.”

“[L]inguists know that notions of ‘proper’ speech have nothing to do with ‘mastery’ and everything to do with how certain in-groups dictate propriety,” he wrote, criticizing the notion that speaking in slang or without decorum could impede one’s professional opportunities.

To Strouse, students’ use of the…

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