April 19, 2010
The dumbing down of language really bugs me. I want to scream when I see an ad that reads ‘there’s many….’ rather than ‘there are many…’ And the use of ‘less’ rather than ‘fewer,’ where there are numbers concerned. These things really make me cringe. My friends Roy and Laurie already know I cannot tolerate it when somebody writes about ‘laying down for a nap,’ rather than ‘lying down.’ When I was younger I fell into that trap myself, but an older writing mentor cautioned me, “Hens lay, humans lie.” I love the double entendre of that mnemonic, too.