Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Macy Gray Sings "I Try"

"It's a rough day for a journalism major when he learns he was grammatically bested by Macy Gray," confesses this anonymous writer, referring to the first item on his list — 11 Little-Known Grammatical Errors That Will Shock and Horrify You. I've known most of these for a long time, but it serves as an excuse to post one of the few popular songs in recent decades to have caught my ear.

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Anonymous Kyle said...

Interesting article. I knew a few of these. The lay/lie error is something my grandmother never ceases to remind my family of if any of us should err.

However since English lacks a central grammatical authoritative body like Spanish or French then who is to say what is and isn't error as far as English grammar? The language is not unlike protestantism in nature: it eschews hierarchy and authority.

Maybe I'm reading too much into it but I don't think it is outrageous at all to think that culture philosophy and religion all effect and are effected by the languages they intersect with.

9:47 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Kyle, you might appreciate this article of mine: Anglo-Saxon Anarcho-Traditionalism and the Spontaneous Order of English Spelling.

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Kyle said...

Thank you for recommending your piece on English orthography. It was a good read and has given me something to muse over for the day.

4:43 AM  

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