Did you miss me? I missed you.
My mother and youngest sister visited recently, and reading and writing, including blogging, went out the window. I’m not apologizing. My mom’s 89, and I’m going to take advantage of every minute I have with her.
That said, I’m back and have three things on my mind.
- Is It Real or Is It Memorex?
On Tuesday, I recorded The Voice because I knew I wouldn’t be free to watch it at its starting time. Once the recorded show began, the drama of the bottom three finalists sucked me in. Twitter would save one of them! Carson Daly urged viewers to tweet to save their favorite. I’ll do it, Carson! I tweeted to save Kat. After I hit SEND, my husband gave me a sideways look. “We recorded this show, remember? The voting window closed a long time ago.” Sorry, Kat! (Luckily, the rest of America saved her.)
Did a recorded show ever make a fool of you?
2. Smart Is Beautiful
George Clooney is engaged to marry Amal Alamuddin, a 36-year-old human rights lawyer who speaks three languages. Mackenzie Dawson, writing in the New York Post, applauds Clooney’s choice and speaks for me and every other mother of smart women. “There’s no greater aphrodisiac than a happy woman with a full life, who is passionate about something besides getting a ring on her finger. Just ask George Clooney.” Here’s the link.
3. Only Connect!
I wince at billboards with misspelled/misused words and regularly remind students they’re isn’t the same as their and neither one’s a stand-in for there. Nevertheless, if we adults want kids to read, write, and speak their native language with fluency, we have to stop our slang-induced sniffs and knock it off with the disapproving looks.
In this New York Times article, John McWhorter argues the verbal tic like and the newish adverb totally do not degrade the language. Instead, they show the speaker’s/writer’s desire to connect. Here’s McWhorter: “. . . amid what often seems like the slack-jawed devolution of a once-mighty language, we can find evidence for, of all things, a growing sophistication. Yes, sophistication — even in the likes of, well, “like,” used so prolifically by people under a certain age. We associate it with ingrained hesitation, a fear of venturing a definite statement. Yet the hesitation can be seen less as a matter of confidence than one of consideration.
Do you think language is meant to, like, morph? Do you totally applaud the Alamuddin/Clooney engagement?