Saturday, October 16, 2010

Love of Language Lost?

I am impressed by Stephen Fry's delightful discussion about language. I encourage you all to click the link and listen to it.

Fry's monologue discusses the idea of prescriptivism--that there is only one correct way to speak. He indicates that "Context, convention, and circumstance is all." He abhors apostrophe police and people who write letters to broadcasters and newspapers that fret about a misused word or improper punctuation. He takes a more organic approach to language--that language spoken at home doesn't have to follow the "rules," and encourages us to delight in the music of language.

Stephen Fry, you are a god.

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