Jan 20, 2013 8:00pm

Teachers of English shouldn't be confined to the American or British kind but to the best spelling, style, or usage that's to be found. The more I discover of Noah Webster, the more I think he made a mess of things. And that he had great influence on the American English that became established after the Revolution seems suspicious to me. Luckily, his original aims were diluted by his associates, who seem to have come to have seen how silly they were


Jan 20, 2013 8:07pm

He was sensible in some ways though. His contention that the British establishment had made a mess of the English language is somewhat correct. But he may have been better-connected than he admitted to be: and, as a member of the US establishment, was able remove layers of understanding from the language. He is like a clever recording artist, whose cover-versions do so well that some inspired original ones get almost lost


Jan 20, 2013 8:11pm

Quirky spelling can serve a purpose. To begin to understand that may take ages. It can connect us with unwritten histories. And it's not to be dismissed


Jan 20, 2013 9:51pm

Would you consider Rod Stewart a clever recording artist? Or perhaps a clever businessman.

How many thousands of other people's songs has this coal-throated "singer" committed vivisection upon. And how many hundreds, or thousands, of millions of dollars has he amassed as unjust rewards for his crimes against musicality?


Jan 20, 2013 10:45pm


Jan 21, 2013 4:16am

I find absolutely nothing interesting, let alone humorous, about or from this wooden-headed idiot.

Other than his accurate referring to himself as an "asshole".


Jan 22, 2013 12:48pm

was able TO remove layers of understanding from the language.


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