Chapter 18

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What I hate is when....

What I hate is when people say "What I hate is when..." It demonstrates a negative attitude. It's even worse when people interpret all observations as complaints. It presumes a negative attitude.

Having said that, here is a recent trend that actually does bug me: The illiterate combinations of pairs of words that change the meaning of the expression. It hits me like a bee sting whenever I see them, and sometimes I see some real howlers.

"This article was used to display the change in intelligence overtime in American Society."

So intelligence is changing more than 40 hours a week? No. He means "over time".


The classic error, probably the groundbreaker in this trend, is the use of the word "login" to mean "log in". That example is pretty harmless -- if people stop for a second, they can figure out what the writer meant. But it has been followed, over time, by ever-increasingly stupid connect-togethers, and this can't be good. Anything that clouds and confuses language and thought is not good.

And no, these aren't innocent typos. They are of specific and consistent form. I'm guessing that people who never read, who only communicate in speech and hearing, just don't know what the words mean when they're written down. It's scary. Because the intelligence in America is indeed changing. Downward.


PS I just read an article. The measured IQ on Americans is indeed decreasing. And, it wasn't high before.