English changes with the times

04/12/2014 8:04 AM

04/14/2014 9:26 AM

Re "AP has gone over the top with its grammatical ruling" (Viewpoints, April 12): Give it up, Gregory Favre. You're fighting a losing battle in railing against the incorrect use of "over."

You're in good company along with H. L. Mencken and Ambrose Bierce, who also bewailed the rumination of the language by allowing vulgar and slang words to creep in, but if they and you had your way, we'd be speaking Latin, a nice dead language that never changes, and the basis of our archaic grammatical rules such as no split infinitives or double negatives.

Schools in the 16th century taught Latin until they realized English is not a Latin-based language. It's from the Germanic branch of the Indo-European family of languages. It is a dynamic, living entity reflecting our culture. What Favre calls lazy language is simply English adjusting to the times.

Chill out, indeed. The language will survive.

-- Marcella Lorfing, former English teacher, Sacramento

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