Thursday, September 3, 2009

My husband sent me this today, but I'm not sure where it came from. Probably National Review... I apologize for not including attribution (promise, I will!) but I had to share this. It is going on the shelf in my brain that houses my pet peeve about English teachers I know who say things like "I like these shoes WAAAAAY better than my other ones." or use the word "like" or "went" to indicate an upcoming quote, as in: "So, I'm like 'Get away from me!' and he went 'You know you really want me to!'"

Grammar Rules Optional

I'm sure the Obama administration will assure us that his national address to the nation's schoolchildren is meant as a genuine educational opportunity, and is not, in any way, shape, or form, some hastily thrown-together effort at indoctrinating children with propaganda from a president with sinking poll numbers.

Indeed, it's quite reassuring to read the Department of Education's preparatory materials sent to schools, as long as you overlook all of the typographical errors:

No hyphen for school-wide, and apparently we're now German and capitalizing nouns, no matter where they are in a sentence.

But apparently not "congress," even when referring to the U.S. Congress:

Apparently the Department of Education doesn't think

Reassuring to know these are the folks in charge of educating our children. Well done, Obama administration. Well done.