and sometimes y debut on cbc radio one

Posted on July 3, 2006. Filed under: Books |

I tuned in on Saturday morning to listen to and sometimes y. My friend Tom is “the Word Nerd” (or guru, as he wants to be called). The show was interesting, entertaining, and well researched. They focused on incorrect usage of the English language and grammar and whether this is important (and why) or if it’s classist?

A couple of questions I’d like to put to you:

1. What is the phrase or word that people use incorrectly that irks you?

My pet peeve is: I seen him down at the mall. Or the word “youse” — which is not a word. Come on people.

2. Is it classist and wrong to be on the standardization side of the argument?

Personally, I don’t really care. I understand that languages change and adapt, but we still have to be able to communicate clearly. If we’re not all on the same page, then we’re in trouble. Just try talking to a teenager! Ha! And they’re the ones that will be carrying forth the language.

3. Have you read either Eats, Shoots, and Leaves or The Professor and the Madman?

If not, read both. And let me know what you think. And tune into the show on CBC — Tuesdays at 7:30 pm and Saturdays at 11:00 am.

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