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August 19, 2010
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Slobby: what's your point? That Kipling meddled with the idiom merely illustrates its malleability. I'm not a fan of "all the sudden." I never said I was. It ain't entirely grammatical, but if it's a regional idiom leave it alone, it does no real harm. English won't die from diversity.
Kipling truncated the idiom to "of a sudden." I suspect, Slobby, he'd read a book.
I was, I think, intemperate in my comment. You are clearly passionate about language. We agree, at least, on one point: [those] who teach English should teach it with reverence and love. That can be said of all teaching.
I do not teach English, but I have been a teacher. And I know that teaching is a very difficult thing to do. With your passion I suspect you do it well.
"It is my job as an English teacher to 1) uphold correct grammar and 2) defend the dignity and tradition of the language."
Is it? Really? I would have expected your job to be teaching English. Not upholding it, Not defending it. But teaching it, with reverence to meaning and love of nuance.
Who do you teach? If it's children, I pity them.
nappidesignm offers this:
"Furthermore, American English is often evolving unfortunately becoming more simplified thanks to black culture, I’m afraid."
Please explain this comment.
For those only now noticing it, I point out that loan-words have been part of English since its beginnings: Google "Old Norse."
If Latin-borrowings "have no flavor, color, or feeling" for you, perhaps the problem is not with the words but with your understanding of English, and of its history. (By the way, "agglutination” is a noun. Gerunds like “heaping together” and “together-heaping” are verbs.)
Personally, I find agglutination a colorful word, full of flavor and feeling. Not a word I'd toss on the together-heap of history. (Whatever that means.)
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