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Seriously, Diane, I am like with you like on this phenomenon. I often like think that like some people like must be like out to lunch about this stuff.
I plead guilty to the use of the phrase “spot on.” I just think it has a nice ring to it. I, however, must admit to a fondness for the genres of British mysteries (Agatha Christie, P.D. James, Conan Doyle, et al), and British comedies (“Yes, Minister,” “Yes, Prime Minister,” et al.) I also like the way with words exhibited by Tony Blankley, in his columns.
Another thing is that I do very definitely decry the slovenliness and laziness of our modern discourse. I often wonder if the ever present use of obscenities in conversation (oral or written) today isn’t at least partly due to a lack of facility with the English language as to its rhythms, its forms and usages, and its generous vocabulary.
I would just say two more things. First the whole subject of modern conversational phraseology is ripe for a column here, not just a letter. Secondly, “You go girl!”p>Have a great day, gentle lady. br> — Ken Shreve br> Someone who once flunked English in high school /p>
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?