Hat tip to SteamedPenguin wrote to say, “RIP: George Carlin.”
Carlin, who was just about to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the JFK Center for the Performing Arts, gave word nerds and non-word nerds alike many things to laugh — and think — about. Here’s just a little tidbit:
I’m tired of television announcers, hosts, newscasters, and commentators, nibbling away at the English language, making obvious and ignorant mistakes. If I were in charge of America’s broadcast stations and networks, I would gather together all the people whose jobs include speaking to the public, and I would not let them out of the room until they had absorbed the following suggestions. I’m aware that media personalities are not selected on the basis of intelligence. I know that, and I try to make allowances for it. Believe me, I really try. But still . . . there are some liberties taken with speech that I think require intervention, if only for my own sake. I won’t feel right if this chance goes by, and I keep my silence.
Read the rest of this excerpt from Brain Droppings.