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cowboypoet Grammar in Songs (117* d) RE: Grammar in Songs 06 Feb 01


Admittedly, dear friends, language must evolve. There is, for example, no word in Middle English for "microprocessor." And French and Spanish are indeed not "decayed Latin" and I didn't mean to suggest for a moment that they are. But French and Spanish, like English, German, and all the dialects of Chinese, have each a set of grammatical rules, and everything else is slang. Slang can be very useful (boy howdy!) but as the Dalai Lama or Bill Clinton or someone once said, "You must first understand the rules so you will know when to break them." And I humbly submit that grammatical rules should be broken for a reason (preferably artistic) and not out of laziness.

By "so-called evolution" I refer to phrases such as, "One must understand the rules before they can break them." Is that evolution or crap? I know where I'd put my money.

Ignorance is not knowing, my honorable if confused fellow Mudcatter; it isn't having an opinion different from yours. By the way, in Proto-indoeuropean did they use apostrophes? A lot of us do nowadays. They tell other people we're aware we've left something out for purposes of brevity.


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