Wednesday, December 10, 2008

10 "Great" Moments in the Death of the English Language

1. Amazon.com's "Twelve Days of Holiday" (now changed by Amazon.com to "Twelve Days of Christmas").

2. It's not a tax, it's a "revenue enhancement."

3. :-)

4. Bill Ayers, co-founder of the Weather Underground, redefining the bombs they planted not as domestic terrorism but as "symbolic acts of extreme vandalism directed at monuments to war and racism."

5. It's not an invasion, it's a "predawn vertical insertion."

6. The decision by Reuters to prohibit use of the word "terrorist" in connection with the 9/11 hijackers.

7. It's not a tax, it's a "mandatory contribution." (No link does this one justice.)

8. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Arianna Huffington debating each other—without subtitles—during the California recall election.

9. "If we truly respect cultural diversity then there should be no such thing as speaking or writing correctly. Correctness is the death of style and variation in speech and writing. And until we disempower the arbitrarily-deemed standard, we will all be mindless, no-style-havin' slaves to random, standard monuments of blandness."

10. "It depends upon what the meaning of the word is is..."