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Word Crimes

I have not always cared for "Weird Al" Yankovic's parodies, but one that I absolutely love is Word Crimes. It is a brilliant parody of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines . For those writers here at Persona Paper, who have not heard it, it might be link that you choose to visit. It is a good lesson in grammar. I have even been guilty of a couple of the crimes.

Many of us pay more attention to the rules than our counterparts. Others, like me, do not always remember the definitive rules. A few ignore them. Yet, may I be so bold to say, fewer people have been taught the same rules that the Baby Boom generation was taught.

I hope that we all will take a moment to listen. We might just learn something that would be helpful here on Persona Paper!

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inertia4 wrote on July 18, 2015, 4:53 PM

Nice!!! I like Weird Al. I always did. One of my favorite by him is Amish Paradise. That is hysterical. This one is real good about spelling and grammar.

Kasman wrote on July 18, 2015, 5:30 PM

Excellent - I literally choke'd to death laughing! The young generation today have been weaned on a diet of text speak and all sorts of abbreviations, contractions, coined words and miss-spellings can be found in texts and on Facebook. I do not deplore this development since language is all about communication and provided everyone concerned understands I see it as simply the evolution of language. Writing online and in the real world, however, is a different matter. Certain standards should be adhered to and the use of proper English is to be encouraged on emails, letters - and Persona Paper!

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Paulie wrote on July 19, 2015, 12:41 AM

I have never heard or seen Word Crimes, but I will check it out knowing that it can make me be a better writer.

CoralLevang wrote on July 19, 2015, 8:24 AM

I appreciate parody, but most of what he does I don't like. This one, however, was brilliant.

CoralLevang wrote on July 19, 2015, 8:25 AM

Exactly!

CoralLevang wrote on July 19, 2015, 8:26 AM

I had never heard of it either, but was perusing the internet and stumbled upon it.

lexiconlover wrote on July 19, 2015, 10:04 AM

I hope the Weird Al version is better than the actual song . Ugh so annoying, haha.

CoralLevang wrote on July 19, 2015, 11:58 AM

lexiconlover I think you might like this version. emoticon :winking:

inertia4 wrote on July 20, 2015, 7:34 AM

I think he's funny. I remember as a kid my and my cousins would do the same exact thing. And that as way before Weird Al was ever known.

jiangliu1949 wrote on July 21, 2015, 6:49 AM

I can't wait to see "Word crimes ",but sorry ! can't open the link .However I think for me ,a native speaker of Chinese ,surely have a lot of this kind of word crimes.

CoralLevang wrote on July 21, 2015, 9:16 AM

jiangliu1949 I never take issue with non-native speakers who try. Having been an ESL teacher, I think it is first important for you to be able to communicate in the new language. If you are coughing, holding your throat, and can only utter the word, "Water," and I give you a glass of it, then you have communicated the proper word. If you used any other word, you may not have gotten what you needed. It was not necessary to say a more formal, "If you please, may I have a glass of water? I seem to be choking and need something to re-hydrate my parched throat."
As one learns the new language, that may eventually come. Please, do not worry about that. The "Word Crimes" parody is making fun of those people who did not pay attention to what was drilled into us in the old days. emoticon :winking:

jiangliu1949 wrote on July 22, 2015, 5:12 AM

Thank you for teaching me how to do it !I know it takes time .Here I have no opportunity for communicating with somebody in English face to face ,so my spoken English is poor too, besides written English .

CoralLevang wrote on July 22, 2015, 9:39 AM

I can guarantee that your English is better than many Americans I know. emoticon :winking:

jiangliu1949 wrote on July 23, 2015, 2:10 AM

Thank you for the words of encouragement !I will plough on with it .