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Tuesday, August 06, 2019

The great dumbing-down

A regular observes a change at work:
In high school we were told the newspaper was written for a 7-8th grade level.

Last month  in our corporate meeting we were told the new standard is 5th grade.

Next step: crayon.

'Merica!
I don't think it's the Americans who are the problem, for the most part. At least, not Americans of the non-Paper variety.

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81 Comments:

Blogger VFM #7634 August 06, 2019 1:01 PM  

Instead of Newspeak, we're getting Kidspeak.

Blogger wahr01 August 06, 2019 1:03 PM  

Propaganda doesn't work in dialectic.

Rhetoric is more effective the more primitive it is.

Blogger Wraithburn August 06, 2019 1:05 PM  

Why, a child of five could understand this! Someone fetch me a child of five, I can't make heads or tails of it.

Blogger Jab Burrwalky August 06, 2019 1:07 PM  

In the legal field they are pushing for judicial opinions to be written at a 3rd-5th grade level. That's not even really possible, the various national and state-level legal associations are pushing for it.

Blogger Christian Schulzke August 06, 2019 1:09 PM  

An anecdote slightly related. I work at a hospital and the CEO gave a presentation on critical thinking skills. Apparently there is a shortage of such skills in the healthcare workplace as more clinicians rely on the EHR system to think for them. The funny part is there was nothing about critical thinking in his presentation. No definition of what it is or the various methods involved (adductive, inductive, deductive). It was a touchy feely imploring of people to utilize each others skills and take advantage of the benefit of diversity. And this from the CEO of a major regional health care organization in the Pacific Northwest. The whole thing was just weird.

Blogger Whitecloak August 06, 2019 1:09 PM  

@1 Kidspeak and Newspeak are one in the same.

They're taking our capacity for precision and depth in the simplicity of the sort they propose.

Blogger The Cooler August 06, 2019 1:14 PM  

Because Brawndo's got electrolytes.

Blogger SouthRon August 06, 2019 1:27 PM  

They don't desire deep thought. Mindless followers easily led. One could make the argument our entire education system was setup for this purpose from the start.

Blogger Karen took the Kids August 06, 2019 1:35 PM  

Who needs grammar when you was kangz and shit?

Blogger VFM Bear August 06, 2019 1:36 PM  

And this is why rhetoric is increasingly more important than dialectic.

Blogger pyrrhus August 06, 2019 1:39 PM  

Given that all segments of the US population are losing at least 1 IQ point per decade, 5th grade will soon appear to be too challenging...

Blogger maniacprovost August 06, 2019 1:47 PM  

The funny part is there was nothing about critical thinking in his presentation.

I've heard about the importance of critical thinking since the early 1990s I suppose and at no point have its proponents defined or explained what it is. I am quite confident that 90% of people can't explain what critical thinking is, and 45% can't do it at all.

Based on what we read on the internet, 99% don't try.

Blogger gamma secret kings reddit August 06, 2019 1:48 PM  

Isaiah warned what trouble there is when women and children reign over men.

Forget the SD communication gap, cursive is a secret language some American youths can read and millions need a tv, tell lies to your vision, these screaming huge black boxes everywhere.

I cannot escape the crayon adults in Halloween clown world. I erased a previous comment that gulled me, I saw a tshirts: "get your dysfunction family reunion shirt here."


Which was funny then the next shirt was a - I'm speechless to explain it, it read, "I'm not adulting today."

I got in trouble recently by repeating something instilled in our family, the kids growing, we are all now over 38, we kinda hold to what makes a man a man and a woman a woman is marriage and having children. Now I mean no harm for single, divorced etc., adults this is a sidebar thing this week.

8 They are incapable of arguments, also due to tv featuring yelling, murders, blood, a culture of easy aggression etc., some Americans believe its totally normal to become violent over anything.

Be careful and still shine the Light, smiles.

Blogger Doktor Jeep August 06, 2019 1:48 PM  

these people vote

Blogger Geir Balderson August 06, 2019 1:48 PM  

Imagine America ruled by a hoard of Betos? If i am not mistaken, 'beto' is mexican slang for horse's ass?

Blogger gamma secret kings reddit August 06, 2019 1:50 PM  

Edit: American youths cannot read cursive. Gulled used in error, I meant appalled. Hate new laptop.

Blogger Thomas Bateman August 06, 2019 1:58 PM  

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Blogger binks webelf August 06, 2019 1:59 PM  

At the nearby undiversity-- pricey tuition and all-- they have sophomore classes for remedial English, reading, writing, math.. you name it.

Blogger Heian-kyo Dreams August 06, 2019 2:07 PM  

I have no direct knowledge, but from what others tell me more and more jobs in the tech field boil down to diversity babysitting.

The senior programmer does his job, then spends most of the evening fixing broken code from Indians.

The junior programmer's job is to "help" the Indians in the office.

If this is true in the medical field, it's a miracle when people come home well.

Blogger Gregory the Tall August 06, 2019 2:07 PM  

Thank God electricity generated by solar and wind power can now be conveniently uploaded and stored in the Amazon cloud.

Blogger Balkan Yankee August 06, 2019 2:10 PM  

"Rhetoric is more effective the more primitive it is."

Follow the bouncing ball!

Anonymous Anonymous August 06, 2019 2:16 PM  

@1 - And we're getting kids, like that Thunberg girl and that Desmond freak, as "spokespeople" (and convenient shields) for globohomo destruct and destroy schemes. It can't be coincidence.

Blogger VFM #7634 August 06, 2019 2:17 PM  

At the nearby undiversity-- pricey tuition and all-- they have sophomore classes for remedial English, reading, writing, math.. you name it.

I'd still bet that most of those in those classes are nonwhites, since they're often in university on scholarships for women 'n minorities.

Blogger Jeff aka Orville August 06, 2019 2:18 PM  

Old news. The Feds have had that requirement for years for any program that involves the great unwashed.

Slightly related, I just finished reading Nick Coles "Old Man and the Wasteland". One place had signs that had to be read and followed or automated death would rain down to filter out the savages. Now that's how government publications should be written.

Blogger Unknownsailor August 06, 2019 2:19 PM  

I don't think I could write at 5th grade level if I tried. What's more, I don't think I would, even if I was ordered to.

It was just a couple of years ago I took my English 101 and 102 classes, and some of the papers I saw other students write.....

It is getting to the point where possessing the ability to express a coherent written thought is a super power.
-Unknownsailor-

Blogger Azimus August 06, 2019 2:21 PM  

I've noticed in the last year or two the journalistic style of reporting has been completely abandoned for a cinematic-style "picture this" shock scene.... yu usually have to wade through 3-4 paragraphs of pulp novel schlock before they actually tell you what the story is about. Same with the "Teaser Headline That Baits You Into..."

Blogger Jeff aka Orville August 06, 2019 2:32 PM  

It also explains why everyone now wants their content in A/V format instead of print. Vlogs over blogs.

Blogger AT August 06, 2019 2:42 PM  

Remember when the airlines used to warn passengers about unexpected "turbulence"? Now every time I fly Delta they warn passengers about "rough air".

Blogger Bucephalus August 06, 2019 2:44 PM  

Idiocracy is fast becoming reality.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd August 06, 2019 2:53 PM  

Unknown wrote:It is getting to the point where possessing the ability to express a coherent written thought is a super power.

Merely having a coherent thought is a superpower. Expressing it? That's superpower^2. Most brains are scrambled, judging by what oozes out.

When I was writing for the Alaska Legislature, I was told to write at the 8th grade level. That apparently meant short declarative sentences, with no clauses. It also meant short, simple ideas expressed in short, simple words. All of the preceding three sentences are too complex.

Blogger Ingot9455 August 06, 2019 2:59 PM  

Now we know why Trump gives speeches at the 4th grade level.

Blogger Gen. Kong August 06, 2019 3:05 PM  

Jab Burrwalky wrote:

In the legal field they are pushing for judicial opinions to be written at a 3rd-5th grade level. That's not even really possible, the various national and state-level legal associations are pushing for it.

Reminds me of the old Q and A:

Q. What do you call the guy who graduated at the bottom of his med school class?
A. Doctor,

Q. What do you call the guy who graduated at the bottom of this law school class?
A. Your honor.

In light of blackrobe behavior in general, writing at a 3rd to 5th grade level might be an improvement.

Blogger sammibandit August 06, 2019 3:07 PM  

My city's complaint line has an audio recording disclaiming callers to be patient and not to abuse the staff. When you actually get a live one on the line you quickly appreciate the disclaimer.

Blogger Warunicorn August 06, 2019 3:17 PM  

Video games like RPGs usually have this on their case:

"Basic reading ability is needed to fully enjoy this game."

I'm thinking, Wait, this is a problem now? I could see those that are dyslexic, of course, but then I remember how college students have to take remedial English.

Blogger OneWingedShark August 06, 2019 3:19 PM  

Gen. Kong wrote:In light of blackrobe behavior in general, writing at a 3rd to 5th grade level might be an improvement.
At least a 3-5th grader is capable of forming a coherent, logical stream of thought. I'm convinced that law-school is training/indoctrination to obliviate this ability and instead train them to look at what someone said that the law says instead of what the law actually says.

Blogger Thomas Bateman August 06, 2019 4:03 PM  

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Blogger PG August 06, 2019 4:12 PM  

That's what happens to the tree of knowledge when rot goes untreated for fifty years.

Blogger Silent Draco August 06, 2019 4:34 PM  

Find some old episodes of "The Beverly Hillbillies." Jethro Bodine was supposed to be a caricature. Now, he is a desired outcome of the education system. We may have to conceal the real libraries as carefully as other stockpiles.

I will cease making jokes about crayon, that I uaes over the past few years. I'm not the regular noted above, but I have seen similar dumbing down in key technical work. Colleagues were unable to explain results simply and clearly, making me wonder just how they received at least one advanced degree. "A Canticle for Liebowitz" way not require the Flame Deluge to begin the lamentations.

Blogger rumpole5 August 06, 2019 4:35 PM  

This process has been going on for a long time. Two examples:
Firstly, when I was a kid, I really enjoyed our 1950s family set of Colliers Junior Classics, especially the volume on Greek and Norse myths. So, when I finally produced a son, I located a 1940s edition set for my son. When I took a trip down memory lane and read a few stories out of it I realized that the 40s edition had a more complex and rich vocabulary. The 50s one that I grew up with had been dumbed down!
Secondly, A couple of years ago I read a 1940s Agatha Christie mystery story. The plot revolved around the fact that one of the characters was a really ignorant person who did not know about "the Judgement of Paris" (a greek myth wherein Paris had to decide which of several Goddesses was the most lovely) Apparently, I missed that one in my Junior Classics because the mystery story did not make sense to me until I looked up "the Judgement of Paris". The point is that in the 1940s Christie assumed that all of her average readers would know about "the judgment of Paris" as part of an average government education. She was a popular mystery author producing material for the average middle class reader.

In short, we have lost a great deal of cognitive power over the last 60 or so years. Maybe AI will save us.

Blogger VFM Bear August 06, 2019 4:39 PM  

"It is getting to the point where possessing the ability to express a coherent written thought is a super power."

No, it's white privilege, teh patriarchy, etc., and the fastest way to be called a notsee.

Just look at what happened to black science man.

Blogger rumpole5 August 06, 2019 4:42 PM  

If you are concerned about these issues for you own offspring I recommend a book that a teacher in my son's classical Christian school used:

Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know
Book by E. D. Hirsch

Blogger Mark Stoval August 06, 2019 4:54 PM  

rumpole5 wrote:This process has been going on for a long time. Two examples:

...

In short, we have lost a great deal of cognitive power over the last 60 or so years. Maybe AI will save us.


Yes indeed this process has been going on for a long time. Letters written by men in various major wars from our history to wives and sweethearts tell a big story.

I have been teaching math at the secondary level since the early 70s. Everything has been getting worse and worse the whole time. I don't see how this Lucifer run Empire can survive the cognitive decline, much less the moral decline.

I notice here that we love to use a big scapegoat for all our woes. Lucifer loves that.

Blogger James Dixon August 06, 2019 5:07 PM  

> I don't think it's the Americans who are the problem, for the most part. At least, not Americans of the non-Paper variety.

Oh, they're a problem. In that they're uneducated and aren't capable of educating themselves. Not the least because everything they've been taught leads them away from doing so. But they're not the real problem, no.

> Given that all segments of the US population are losing at least 1 IQ point per decade,

I don't believe that's the case. Maleduction of the type and degree we've witnessed over the past 50 years would give the same appearance as a drop in IQ.

> In short, we have lost a great deal of cognitive power over the last 60 or so years.

See above. It's impossible to know how much we've lost for certain.

Blogger Dark Herald August 06, 2019 5:12 PM  

The following is a few sample questions from an eighth grade final examination from 1895.

How well would a typical college graduate of today do on it?

1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.

2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?

3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts. per bu, deducting 1050 lbs. for tare?

4. District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?

5. Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.

6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.

7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $.20 per inch?

1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic orthography, etymology, syllabication?

2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?

3. What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?

4. Give four substitutes for caret ‘u’.

5. Give two rules for spelling words with final ‘e’. Name two exceptions under each rule.


The whole thing is at the link.

Blogger Ford Prefect August 06, 2019 5:48 PM  

To put grade 5 into perspective, for those of you who recall The Beverly Hillbillies, Jethro Bodine had a grade 6 education.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd August 06, 2019 6:05 PM  

Cataline Sergius wrote:The following is a few sample questions from an eighth grade final examination from 1895.

How well would a typical college graduate of today do on it?


Most of those questions aren't difficult, they simply rely on knowing info that is no longer commonly known or taught, like how many bushels in cubic foot, or how many pounds to a bushel of wheat.

If you were briefed on the assumed knowledge, you would have no problem passing that test. Today we teach to a different test.

Blogger Heian-kyo Dreams August 06, 2019 6:23 PM  

@Sherlock, who confirms a bleak outlook:

How long before people start insisting on white and Asian only medical staff for dear old dad?

Blogger PG August 06, 2019 6:25 PM  

@ 44. Cataline Sergius

1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic orthography, etymology, syllabication?
2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
3. What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?

Here teachers don't know those.

From my own experience asking teachers questions.

Q. "How do you teach kids to read?"
A. "crickets"

Blogger Wario's Mart August 06, 2019 6:29 PM  

Reading John Taylor Gatto on the destruction of the Liberal Arts and pedagogical practice in the 19th century by social engineers was enlightening.

The difference between the Liberal Arts education available to my father (which was still highly converged) and me, is the difference between 'Hamlet' and 'Ophelia must dié'. It's disgusting. We are being reduced to caricatures.



Blogger Brett baker August 06, 2019 6:34 PM  

It's useful to remember that most Americans hadn't completed 8th grade in those days.

Blogger Wario's Mart August 06, 2019 6:34 PM  

Ominous Cowherd wrote:The following is a few sample questions from an eighth grade final examination from 1895.

How well would a typical college graduate of today do on it?


Most of those questions aren't difficult, they simply rely on knowing info that is no longer commonly known or taught, like how many bushels in cubic foot, or how many pounds to a bushel of wheat.


They would still be difficult due to the number of operations. As well as knowing the Bushel conversion you would need to be able to perform a division of the Bushel's into the 3D container.

Look up how many Americans per Jim Flynn are capable of working out how much carpet they would need to carpet a room, and how to multiply that quantity by a price.

Blogger Dark Herald August 06, 2019 6:35 PM  

Unknown wrote:Ominous Cowherd wrote:The following is a few sample questions from an eighth grade final examination from 1895.

How well would a typical college graduate of today do on it?


Most of those questions aren't difficult, they simply rely on knowing info that is no longer commonly known or taught, like how many bushels in cubic foot, or how many pounds to a bushel of wheat.


They would still be difficult due to the number of operations. As well as knowing the Bushel conversion you would need to be able to perform a division of the Bushel's into the 3D container.

Look up how many Americans per Jim Flynn are capable of working out how much carpet they would need to carpet a room, and how to multiply that quantity by a price.



Exactly.

Blogger PG August 06, 2019 6:39 PM  

I emailed the leading academic in this country on systematic phonics. I asked for the best reference to use to determine the correct IPA for our accent. He replied that he had to ask one of the others what IPA was as he'd only heard of it as a delicious beer. He had no idea of any reference and advised me to contact a lady working on a phonetic project in the private sector.

I phoned her and asked what reference I should use. She informed me there was none. I asked her what I should do. She said to "just make it up", it's what she was doing. She said I spoke well so go with that.

I concluded that we had a serious problem and proceeded to "make it up".

Blogger Clay August 06, 2019 7:07 PM  

PG wrote:I emailed the leading academic in this country on systematic phonics. I asked for the best reference to use to determine the correct IPA for our accent. He replied that he had to ask one of the others what IPA was as he'd only heard of it as a delicious beer. He had no idea of any reference and advised me to contact a lady working on a phonetic project in the private sector.

I phoned her and asked what reference I should use. She informed me there was none. I asked her what I should do. She said to "just make it up", it's what she was doing. She said I spoke well so go with that.

I concluded that we had a serious problem and proceeded to "make it up".



Am I supposed to believe this drivel?

Blogger Unknownsailor August 06, 2019 7:08 PM  

The Last of the Mohicans was a best seller in the early 19th century, when most Americans had at best an 8th grade education. It is a bit... dense, and most college students would have a hard time with it now, if they could finish it at all.

John Taylor Gatto should be mandatory reading at this point. Any of you with kids out there, if you send them to public school, you are permanently damaging them, and destroying their natural love of learning.
-Unknownsailor-

Blogger Ominous Cowherd August 06, 2019 7:17 PM  

Unknown wrote:They would still be difficult due to the number of operations.

True enough.

When I was leading a recitation section for Econ 101, I found that quiz questions which required a single step to solve were doable for a majority. Two step questions were not. Only two percent or so of the Econ 101 students could solve a question which required three steps.

It didn't matter how simple the steps were. MPAI.

None of that changes the fact that those are all simple questions, if you have the assumed knowledge.

Blogger Thomas Bateman August 06, 2019 7:54 PM  

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Anonymous Anonymous August 06, 2019 7:59 PM  

Whitecloak wrote:@1 Kidspeak and Newspeak are one in the same.

They're taking our capacity for precision and depth in the simplicity of the sort they propose.


Well, that's...that's just doubleplus ungood! And it's....it's....ugh, I have no words....DOUBLE doubleplus ungood!

Blogger R Devere August 06, 2019 8:00 PM  

"In high school we were told the newspaper was written for a 7-8th grade level.

Last month in our corporate meeting we were told the new standard is 5th grade.

Next step: crayon.

'Merica!"
_____________________________

NO! Teachers'Unions!

Blogger justaguy August 06, 2019 8:06 PM  

When college was for that top 15-20% with a small % extra for the rich or connected, college actually meant something. Can anyone read the first few chapters of "The Best and the Brightest" and not realize how smart our elites or those used by our elites used to be.

Now with the leftist takeover of the university and the dilution to 75-80% college--there is no way to actually get a good education outside of a few disciplines (Physics, chemistry, engineering, material science-- subjects that take at least 2 semesters of differential equations).

When liberal arts went from actual thought to propaganda is hard to tell-- depending on the eliteness of the schools where the elites went crazy first, it was sometime at Gen x to Gen Y. Most of the schools in the 60s and 70s at least taught western civ-- but not by 1980.

Blogger Dave Dave August 06, 2019 8:14 PM  

@22. Been happening for a long time. Severn Suzuki was a globalist puppet pushed extremely hard a couple decades ago.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash August 06, 2019 8:45 PM  

What the colleges need, what every school needs, is classes in how to think. It's a skill. It can be acquired. Those with talent can hardly be stopped once they start.
Of course for high school on down, you'd have to hire non-teachers to teach the classes.

Blogger Dirk Manly August 06, 2019 9:16 PM  

@53

"
I phoned her and asked what reference I should use. She informed me there was none. I asked her what I should do. She said to "just make it up", it's what she was doing. She said I spoke well so go with that.

I concluded that we had a serious problem and proceeded to "make it up".

----

Not believing that load of BS for even one second.

Even Wikipedia completely documents the International Phonetic Alphabet (and I know this without having to look it up, as I have seen it in the past....and since it's not even tangential to a political controversy, I can state with supreme confidence that it is still there).


Your story presumes that you think we believe that you are geniunely interested in phonetics and the IPA, but at the same time, both you, and we, are too stupid to understand the use of search engines.

Troll score: 0.5/10.

Blogger Hieroglyph August 06, 2019 9:29 PM  

They appear to be targeting young girls\women in particular. Or maybe that's just The Guardian. I can speculate why. The 'Kids in Cages' line appears to work devastatingly well on school, college age feminists, who don't know any better. And, guess what, they are the ones being shoe-horned into leadership roles.

Sometimes I really do think there is some, if not immortal, then certainly very old, entity pulling the strings. It's all about long-term, whatever it is.

Blogger English Tom August 06, 2019 10:09 PM  

@Geir Balderson

I thought Beto was slang for up the ass!

Blogger Dirk Manly August 06, 2019 10:28 PM  

English Tom...


Considering that the Democratic Party is literally ALL ABOUT SEXUAL PERVERSION, I wouldn't doubt that
1) you are correct
and
2) O'Rourke is fully cognizant of this meaning, and uses it with pride.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash August 06, 2019 10:46 PM  

English Tom wrote:@Geir Balderson

I thought Beto was slang for up the ass!

I think you're mixing it with Buttigieg.

Blogger Ska_Boss August 06, 2019 10:48 PM  

The bell curve is a helluva drug!

Blogger Thad Tuiol August 07, 2019 12:55 AM  

A great way to see how far we have declined is to crack open what were considered books for children a 100+ years ago. Take a look at Kipling's "Jungle Book" - he wrote that for his kids and their friends, but the language used in it would baffle many so-called educated adults today.

Blogger PG August 07, 2019 2:48 AM  

@ 63. Dirk Manly

How about you do your zip up and stop flashing me with your fallacy.

Blogger PG August 07, 2019 3:08 AM  

@ 54. Clay

It's true, but I'm not fussed if you believe it or not.

Anonymous Anonymous August 07, 2019 5:41 AM  

When college was for that top 15-20% with a small % extra for the rich or connected, college actually meant something.

Remember when "college boy" was an insult in the mouths of working men?

Blogger flyingtiger August 07, 2019 10:06 AM  

The actor playing Jethro Boudin had a PHD in Philosophy. If you knew this, the character is even funnier.
The actor who played Boss Hog had two graduate degrees from Ivy League schools. Yet each week, he was outsmarted by the Duke Boys.

Anonymous Anonymous August 07, 2019 10:33 AM  

It's not even 'Kidspeak'.
The "news" reporters are the
flagrantly treasonous, propaganda
arm of the D.C. Uniparty.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd August 07, 2019 2:10 PM  

Snidely Whiplash wrote:What the colleges need, what every school needs, is classes in how to think. It's a skill. It can be acquired. Those with talent can hardly be stopped once they start.

Them that can, can. The rest of 'em can't.

Half the population is below average, and isn't going to benefit at all from that kind of class.

I read somewhere that in 1900, about 5% of the US population got a university education. In 2000, 60% of the US population went to university, and about 5% got a university education.

You can lead a dummy to education, but you can't make him think. He's not equipped, not equippable.

Blogger Dirk Manly August 07, 2019 2:59 PM  

PG.. if you're using the internet, and at the same time somehow not smart enough to lookup up IPA phonetics alphabet using google or duckduckgo or some other reasonable search engine, you're as rare as a mermaid riding a unicorn.

Blogger PG August 08, 2019 1:26 AM  

76. Dirk Manly

Perhaps I didn't make myself clear enough during my first post.

I'm in an English speaking country that isn't England and isn't America. Accent factors into the equation, which is why I was looking for a specific reference, one which does not exist for this country.

Blogger Dirk Manly August 08, 2019 1:57 PM  

"Perhaps I didn't make myself clear enough during my first post."

There seems to be a lot of that going around the internet.

Blogger Dirk Manly August 08, 2019 2:07 PM  

Uh, yeah... here's a good guide.

When you tell a story with an surprising ending, and there is a condition or situation at hand which makes that surprising ending relevant, it's a good communication technique, to, you know.... include that condition or situation in your story, rather than waiting for people to tell you that you're lying before revealing the important little tidbit of information that you left out the first time.

Doing so makes your writing much more enlightening for the reader.

The above is somewhat related to a similar problem:

"And another thing, when you tell a story .... have a point! It makes things far more interesting for the listener." -- Neal in Trains, Planes and Automobiles.

Blogger Dirk Manly August 08, 2019 2:45 PM  

By the way, the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) is neither country, nor even language specific.... that's the whole point of it.

Blogger PG August 10, 2019 11:39 PM  

80. Dirk Manly
How annoying to find a Gamma in here.

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