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!
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: