Saturday, May 9, 2009

Politicians Kill the English Language

I've been correcting too many students' papers this week. Now I can't stop discovering mistakes everywhere. Just look at this exchange between Louis Caldera (the idiot who scared New Yorkers by flying very low around the city) and the White House:

Caldera: "I have concluded that the controvery surrounding the Presidential Airlift Group's aerial photo shoot over New York City has made it impossible for me to effectively lead the White House Military Office. "

And the White House press release: "The President has asked his Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina and Defense Secretary Gates or his designee to jointly review the organizational structure of the White House Military Office and the reporting relationship of its components to the White House and the Air Force."

Splitting the infinitives? Has anybody been to college? This is the most basic mistake in the English language.

With the huge numbers of unemployed English lit MAs and PhDs, I'm sure the White House and the Military Office could hire a couple of qualified people to write their press releases.

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