Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Paglia Defends, um, you know, Palin's English

I'm no fan of Sarah Palin, but that doesn't mean I haven't been put off by the Left's frequent lambasting of her syntax and grammar. Outside of an English classroom, Grammar Nazism is usually just a petty way for a snob to assert intellectual superiority over another; it has little to do with the integrity of the language. Camille Paglia agrees:
English has evolved, and the world has moved on. There is no necessary connection between bourgeois syntax and practical achievement. I have never had the slightest problem with understanding Sarah Palin's meaning at any time. Since when do free Americans subscribe to a stuffy British code of veddy, veddy proper English? We don't live in a stultified class system. In the U.K., in fact, many literary leftists make a big, obnoxious point about retaining their working-class accents. Too many American liberals claim to be defenders of the working class and then run like squealing mice from working-class manners and mores (including moose hunting and wolf control). What smirky, sheltered hypocrites. Get the broom!