Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Grammar

Not Quite What He Meant

At least, I’m guessing it wasn’t.

I received a message from a group on Facebook that a friend of mine invited me to join.  The message came, apparently, from the creator or administrator of the group, who found himself appalled by the fact that some people are discussing topics with the use of profanity.

I’m not sure what points they’re trying to make, but for whatever reason, they apparently seem convinced that the only way to drive their point all the way home is by peppering it with cuss words.

I tend to call that laziness.  Or proof that their points have little merit to begin with.  But I digress.

In any case, said moderator issued this stern, if thoroughly non-grammatical warning:

“Any post containg fowl language will be deleted. Im all for freedome of speech but if you cant explain your views without using profanity dont post them here. So far only a few people I have seen have been using profanity please stop.”

That’s right: anyone who has anything to say about poultry will have their point of view removed from the page.

Unless he meant to say, “anyone using foul language…” in which case the cuss words, not mentions of our feathered friends, would be deleted.

Not everything can be solved with a simple spell check.  It takes a good proofreading, too.  This person’s message could certainly have benefitted from one.

3 Comments

  1. That’s pretty funny. For those who were posting fowl language, it appears that the chickens have come home to roost.

    I wish I would eliminate extraneous cursing from my own speech; it IS laziness.
    Or as JRR Tolkien said:
    “But Orcs and Trolls spoke as they would, without love of words or things; and their language was actually more degraded and filthy than I have shown it. I do not suppose that any will wish for a closer rendering, though models are easy to find. Much the same sort of talk can still be heard among the orc-minded; dreary and repetitive with hatred and contempt, too long removed from good to retain even verbal vigor, save in the ears of those to whom only the squalid sounds strong.”

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