March 17, 2008

Quick Question

Pardon my lower-middle class naivete, but at what point was it decided that the "a" was going to be dropped from "apologize?" There's this God-awful song that gets repeated play on one of the area's only two radio stations, and I swear, I SWEAR, the overly-repeated refrain is "It's too late to pologize." Come to think of it, the name of the song is probably "Too late to pologize." They repeat the phrase so often, I almost suspect they're trying to indocrinate the listeners into accepting "pologize" as the actual word and spelling.

Combine that with all the Web-speak that's out there right now, and it's a bit disconcerting to think about what we can expect of our educated youth once they join the workforce. I'm dreading the day a co-worker comes up to me and says something along the lines of: "WTF? Why did you write that? I want you to pologize right now!"

On the other hand, since my chosen career path is one that requires above average spelling, grammar, editing and general English skills, I sometimes look at today's youth and their "hip" ways of communicating in broken, nonsensical gibberish and I think "Hey, job security!" since I'm one of the few remaining people who actually care about communicating in written English.

I realize I may be insulting many of today's youth with my broad and sweeping overgeneralizations. If I have so insulted you, I sincerely pologize.

Posted by Ryan at March 17, 2008 01:08 PM | TrackBack


Posted by: David Grenier at March 18, 2008 01:49 AM

How about "a whole nother"? Some folks find that easier to say than "another whole" or "a whole other". When did that start? It's been bugging me for years. I know Luke Skywalker said it back in 1977. Did George Lucas invent "a whole nother", or did he simply enshrine it?

Posted by: Dave in Pgh. at March 18, 2008 10:49 AM

Well, it would be in keeping with the George Lucas tradition of penning craptastic dialogue, that's for sure.

Posted by: Ryan at March 18, 2008 11:12 AM

Humph. Someone has to force me to read this post. It's too big and boring. Brevity is the sister of talent, remember that.

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