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19 1 USAGE AND STIGMATIZATION by Don L. F. Nilsen
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19 2 “Its Academic, or Is It?” “If you’re 35 years or older, you probably identify a common grammatical error in the heading on this page.” “Younger than that and, well, you likely have another opinion: “Its all relative”—except, of course, for the apostrophe.” “Unfortunately, age appears to be the demarcation here.” (Larson [2009]: 139)
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19 3 Avoidance of Clichés …boggles the mind. …bores me to tears. …foregone conclusion. …going down a slippery slope. …in broad daylight. …in the foreseeable future. …is on the bubble. It goes without saying. It’s not for me to say. …literally. …opening a Pandora’s box. …playing God. …pushing the envelope. …who can say? Has thinking “outside the box” become such a cliché that it’s now “inside the box”? (Pence [2009]:135-137)
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19 4 The Computer Generation: More Words—More Grammatical Errors Patricia O’Conner says, “rather than being obsessed by error, we should nurture our love of talking about words, about language.” “Thanks to the computer, Americans are communicating with one another at a rate undreamed of a generation ago—and in writing .” “People who seldom wrote more than a memo or a shopping list are producing blizzards of words. (O’Conner [2009]: 143)
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19 5 “The downside of all this techno-wizardry is that our grammar isn’t quite up to the mark. We’re writing more, and worse, than ever before.” “The ease and immediacy of electronic communication are forcing the computer- literate to think about their grammar for the first time in years, if ever.” “ It’s ironic that this back-to-basics message should come from cyberspace.” (O’Connor [2009]: 144)
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19 6 French vs. English Usage In his Growth and Structure of the English Language , Otto Jespersen said, “The French language is like the stiff French garden of Louis XIV, while the English is like an English park, which is laid out seemingly without any definite plan, and in which you are allowed to walk everywhere according to your fancy without having to fear a stern keeper enforcing rigorous regulations.” (MacNeil [2009]: 66)
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