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Dean's List: Does our language matter?

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I’ve said it before. Nobody ever said English was easy. Nevertheless, I’m opposed to any attempt to dumb down the language. Grammar and spelling are not supposed to be based on popular opinion, but it seems that those of us who view ourselves as noble guardians of the language are viewed by others as scolds — annoying dinosaurs who don’t realize we’re supposed to be extinct. Still, with varying results, we struggle on, even in ...

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August 22, 2011
12:46 p.m.

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Thanks, Irv. I'm also one of the dinosaurs. My pet peeve is the apparent shortage of the letter "s" at the Gazette. For example, when writing about the wife of Charles, it's always Charles' wife, instead of Charles's wife. I don't know why an apostrophe s is so difficult to insert. It's still done correctly in the New York Times, which gives me hope!

Thanks for a good article. I enjoy your column each week.