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Say, What??
Author: Shiloh

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Everyone is "looking to"...
They're not considering things,
they're not looking into a situation,
they're not even gathering information.
But they are "looking to."
Piss-poor English,
but then, so is "went missing."
If you went somewhere,
then you deliberately went somewhere.
If someone or something
"went missing,"
then it was a deliberate act,
and they, or that,
are not missing at all.
A person or an item
can be lost or missing,
or discovered to be such
at a certain time,
but to say they "went missing"
sounds as if you have no command
of the English language whatsoever.
Things like this tend to bother me,
but maybe that is because my sense of humor
"went missing,"
and maybe I should be
"looking to"
find it, or to understand
why everyone seems to want to speak
as if English might be their third
or fourth language.
No, people should be taught
proper grammar, correct word use,
and not be allowed by schools,
by employers,
or by lack of personal self-esteem
to do it the easy way,
to say things that take shortcuts
when you write or say something.
I worry a lot when I hear or read
things by educated individuals,
especially news personnel,
as they use phrases that sound as if
they never went to school.
Oh,- wait - they "graduated college" - right?
That would mean that they caused a college
to graduate.
Quite an accomplishment, wouldn't you say?
They didn't graduate from college, but they
did cause a building,
possibly a whole bunch of buildings,
to graduate.
Perhaps their education "went missing,"
and possibly they should now be
"looking to" find out how to speak or write,
because they want to be able to be proud
that they "graduated college."
And maybe, just maybe, one day folks like me
will not cringe when these individuals speak or write,
and we will be able to understand
what the hell they're talking about.
As it is, it's difficult to understand
how this sort of horror is acceptable
to everyone.
Probably because they all "graduated high school"
or "graduated college."

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Comments on this poem/writing:

Dreamer (0.0.0.0) -- Friday, August 24 2007, 04:09 am

can't resist

A missing we will go
A missing we will go
Hi ho the darey oh
A missing we will go

Rhetoric is not my strong point. I can see how it would be annoying to some people. It would be nice if people on the news and who write in the newspaper did use proper grammar. It would set a better example for the rest of us.

I guess, sometimes we are just lucky they are not speaking in acronyms.

I enjoyed this humorous writing about writing. ;)
shiloh (69.205.237.142) -- Friday, August 24 2007, 04:21 pm

another thought

appreciate your thoughts, Dreamer... am wondering now if I should also go ahead and do one about phrases folks use because they are embarrassed - such as "please excuse my son from school yesterday, as he had the diahrea." THE diahrea??? but I won't do one like that. Not today, anyway (chuckle).
 
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