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Slang rampant

Dear Mr. Editor:

Language is the tool to express/communicate our thoughts so we may understand each other’s volition.

Noah Webster and his Webster dictionary are well-known to most, but this statement of his may not be: “The bastardization of the English language is the greatest crime against the English-speaking people.”

You may observe, in your local courthouse, the following conversation. After the Crown Attorney reads the report on the crime, the judge asks the defending lawyer: “Are these facts correct?”

The answer of the defending lawyer states: “These facts are substantially correct, your honour” or “These facts are more or less correct, your honour.”

Well, this is the lawyer’s answer, who has at least five years of university schooling!

Since language is a two-edged sword, it would be safe to say that the judgments of the judges are “substantially correct” or “more or less correct.”

Does this sloppiness in language communication (can’t state/accept evidence) constitute the absence of justice in the courtroom, where justice is supposed to be served equally for all?

Every written act, policy, treaty, law, and/or contract that is created by lawyers is subject to interpretations/opinions! How could the people with the best intentions “keep the law” when don’t even know what the law means?

Ambiguous/slang language is rampant in the judicial system (foundation of society) and it enforces personal opinions (judgments), private interpretations/opinions of the laws (that are already ambiguous) with favouritism! Yes, favouritism!

There is a serious educational and moral problem at hand that must be addressed if we want to live in a peaceful and equal society!

It is every citizen’s duty to report wrongs and stop wrongs by not participating in them so corrections may follow A.S.A.P.! If the wrong-doer can’t correct the wrongs, then vacate/step aside and give room to those who can!

The fact that slang English language is used everywhere and practised by professionals, who have the most schooling, indicates the problem is in the classrooms! Did education take the back seat in favour of attending school (get the “paper”) to make the statistical charts look good?

Does Mark Twain’s quote applicable today? “Don’t let school interfere with your education.”

Thank you,

Andrew Szell

Fort Frances, Ont.

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