JULY 17, 2000
Tripping over words
© 2000 WorldNetDaily.com

Jeff Jacoby, the brilliant conservative columnist for the Boston Globe was recently pilloried by Globe executives for having used (and corrected) public domain historical observations about the fate of those men who signed the Declaration of Independence. He was sentenced to four months suspension without pay. His duplicitous masters claim if he had included a single disclaimer he could have avoided his current hardships. Most don't believe the disclaimer would have made a difference, especially since Globe management chose to refuse Jacoby the opportunity to publish a post mortem clarification.

Therefore, notwithstanding the fact that Joseph Farah and WorldNetDaily are far more reasonable, rational and professional than the Boston Globe, I will include this CYA prelude to the following analysis. I did not originally conceive the subsequent "Reasons the English Language is hard to Learn." Actually the list from which I borrowed includes 21 reasons. Space only permits me to comment on 11 of them. They are part of the huge body of work attributed to "Anonymous" and distributed worldwide via the blessing and curse of cyberspace.

The statements are not mine, and the author unknown. The analysis and observations are mine.

I remember suffering in college with "Beowulf" and Chaucer. Old English was difficult, confusing and awkward. However, New English, even without the exacerbation of colloquialisms, regionalisms, and slang, is also hard -- especially for those attempting English as a second language.

Consider the following:

Reasons the English language is hard to learn

English is difficult in its most pure and natural form. As we add, delete, amend, contemporize, and "improve" it, it gets increasingly confusing.

Language according to my dictionary is "the words, their pronunciation, and the methods of combining them used and understood by a considerable community and established by long usage." This definition leads me to conclude language is an art and not a science. It is arbitrary and capricious. And if anyone doesn't like the way our language is articulated and written, they can go somewhere else and fight the battle with glottal clicks and long words conspicuously absent vowels.

Don't object to the object. Get the lead out and lead on.