11 thoughts on “Quote of the day—rich roberts ‏@boris3324

  1. It’s odd that so many people take “would’ve” or “would have” and somehow turn it into “would of”. It’s nonsensical. It’s a sign of an unobservant, non-thinking mind.

  2. Thanks, Lyle. I was ready to jump on that, and you said it better than I would have.

  3. That is the result of dialect, or accent. It is also one of the marks of illiteracy; one hears the language and spelling is based on what one hears.
    It is getting enshrined in school curricula as “Brave Spelling”, just take a stab at it based on how it sounds.

    • Taking a stab is good, but how about getting it right? In theory, at least, it’s how you learn.

      Oh, wait, that’s not what schools are for, is it? Sorry, my bad……

      • Hell, I learned how to spell through phonetic analysis and ‘taking a broad stab’. Of course, I also learned there was a -right- way to spell a word and a wrong way.

        Ironically, this has come back to bite me as I will sometimes pronounce words based on how they are spelled, which leads to some hilarious goofs 🙂

    • A friend of mine had a fit over it. They called it “creative spelling” in her son’s school and were refusing to teach proper spelling.

      I guess it’s helpful when texting but it won’t help you pass college exams.

      • I’m running into this a bit. I’ve got kids in 2nd and 5th grade. Spelling only really count for anything on spelling tests and (for the 5th grader) major reports. Considering MY spelling, I’m happy with their passing (I got really tuned off to spelling by a teacher who always told me “look it up,” even when I asked about words like “ptomaine” or “cough.”) When they are starting out, I’m fine with not scaring them by jumping on ever mistake with glee – but wrong is wrong, even if it’s a hard language to learn.

    • My own spelling is all over the place. This is a byproduct of going to 10 different elementary schools (we moved all the time).

      I remember going to one school in 3rd grade where they decided I was advanced and they taught me to spell “idiosyncrasy” and “juxtaposition.” At the next school, I was back to spelling “apple.”

    • “Braves Pelling” Thatz howitz hounds. Seethup oint?

      We’re being turned into a society of ignorant, frightened, hopeless, helpless twits, which, is just the way governments like them.

      Some schools are now dropping cursive writing too, which would mean that in a few generations we really will be able to “change our history” as Michelle Obama put it, because almost no one will be able to read original manuscripts.

      It’s up to us to teach our kids, which, of course it always has been. One of the more hideous lies of Progressivism is that we could just toss our kids over to the government to be educated, and really, they’d try to do a good job. No really.

      Properly informed, our children will refrain from dick jokes and other smear. (see how I brought it right back around to the subject of the OP?)

      They taught me to put my right hand over my left lung (telling me that’s where my heart is) and regurgitate a string of syllables in elementary school– The Plejuhvuhleejuntz. None of us poor students had any idea what any of it meant, but we could spit out those syllables just fine and it would warm the hearts of any clueless observer. “Such nice kids, learning about their heritage…”

      THAT’S public education. We were oblivious, but we had been instructed to do what we were told, you see. You didn’t ask questions.

      My brother once did ask a question. He asked his elementary school teacher what held us to the Earth. She said it was the Earth’s spin that holds us to the surface. Brother refuted that stupid answer by putting something on a ball, spinning it, and noting that the object flew off because of the spin. Teach got PISSED OFF.

      THAT’S public education. Would that the dick jokes were the least troublesome of its consequences.

      • I wish my students would ask questions like that. When I asked “any questions” at the last place I had a leave-replacement contract, a female raised her hand and asked if she could get pregnant from anal. I bit my tongue and didn’t reply “do you need to know personally, or just general interest?” Only about half of the 21 students in that class passed at year’s end, after starting with 38 in September. It was an interesting year.

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