Penguin books signalled the rot of English.

10 Jan

My father was the first to tell me that English was second only to ancient Greek in the number of words it had.

This mention came in support (I have forgotten exactly how) of his belief that The Holy Bible (a collection of short books in Hebrew and ancient Greek) put together by the tribe of Yehuda (“Old Testament”) and early Christian church (“New Testament”) was 100% gold from “In the beginning…” to “…even so come quickly Lord Jesus”.

The content was alleged to have been put into the minds of allegedly “holy” men by the alleged guy in the sky, who first created the atom, and then cast thorns and thistles all over Earth in a See What You Made Me Do (typically human male) fit of spite.

The English language evolves as do all other languages except those ancient ones that survived in written form.

It is perfectly positive for new words to be added to English, as new technolgies, sciences, and political happenings occur in human affairs.

What is negative, however, is for grammatical errors (read meaningless and misleading formations) to be accepted by loony-Left (as distinct from sane Left) teachers who tell their students from dysunctional homes that their slang is a distinct and honourable dialect or cultural offshoot.

The beginning of this perverse attitude in the teaching and news-media professions can be dated as having occurred at the same time as Penguin brought out a paperback dictionary with all the slang and swear words included.

I recall having bought one of these around 1971. I was sharing a flat with Jay and he was very taken with the book.

A few days later, a guy came to the flat door and flourished a letter that Jay had written.

I forget whether it was a representative of  the BBC trying (as they do) to enforce their so-called Licence Fee, aka extortion racket, or of some other body of authority to which Jay took exception. Suffice it to say that the man pointed to a word in Jay’s letter and said “that’s not very nice”. He was pointing to the word “c*nt”.

Jay went back into the living room, found the Penguin Dictionary, looked up the word “c*nt”, wandered back to the front door and counter-flourished the smart red, black, and white thing. The man was surprised by it, and at a loss for words.

Jay interrupted the quiet, and said that, as far as he was concerned, the offensive parties were indeed a lot of c*nts and so he would continue to describe them as c*nts.

The poor man seemed to suddenly remember an old Devonian folk saying that his Mammy once told to him “You can’t win ’em all” and left the scene in search of some timid old lady.

One Response to “Penguin books signalled the rot of English.”

  1. Vincent January 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    Hah! Medievil English!

    Re the first bit – if Sky Guy put the text from the Bible into the minds of those “holy” men – he should have chosen ones who would make them more CONSISTENT.

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