Here are three reasons why I despair for language.
From the National Post
Canada imports brains
- Well that explains a lot.
From the Times Colonist
Vandals destroy North Saanich school courtyard, poop through skylight
- To echo a co-worker, I’m not sure what’s more disturbing: that vandals thought to do that or that the newspaper felt the need to use that particular verb.
From the Globe and Mail
Star high school athlete actually a man: police
- So, here I’m thinking that a man passed himself off as a woman, but why would the police be involved?
- Because it was an adult passing himself off as a teen.
Journalists graduate from university, take a special program, and this is the way in which they use language??!!
Now let’s consider the individual who has English as a second language. What do you think they’re thinking when they read these headlines?