Saturday, May 9, 2009

I Was Really Rooting For "Assclown"

I'm a word nerd. And our native tongue is creeping up on one million of them. Ironic, since the bulk of our fellow natives regularly mangle the same 200. Granted, none of us will ever use more than a few thousand, and we've imported so many words from so many languages, that it's hard to keep track of what's what. (For instance: unless you're discussing music, "not my forte" isn't pronounced "for-tay", people. Blame the French.) I don't need to live in a land of English Lit students, but could we at least place more emphasis on basic diction before tethering half-words like "noob" to the lexicon?

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