You know I don't claim to be any sort of an expert on the English language, at least not as much as the well educated Mr. Vandersluys whom I believe has a University degree in it. And the Mrs. Randall Friesen(.com) does remind me that the English language is a very difficult thing to learn, well especially if you're native tongue is Arabic or Chinese or some such thing.
But good grief, why can't some newspapers just say what they mean?
Today while picking up some juice on the way to work I scanned the newspaper headlines. The Saskatoon StarPhoenix carried the headline;
"U of S, faculty close"
Now I know there have been contract negotiations happening there for a while, with the teaching faculty, and I know those discussions haven't always been going easily. In fact I've been a little concerned because Hillary, our daughter, has been enrolled there for the past year and is nearly ready to complete her year. How much of a kick in the head would it be if the Faculty went on strike at this point in the game, and they lost the year.
I've been keeping my eye on that news.
So when I saw the news headline report that the University was closing, well I nearly had a bit of a fuss right there.
Upon further reading, which I expect was their plan in the first place, to get me reading it that is, the headline was trying to communicate that the two sides were indeed CLOSE to an agreement, not that they had to CLOSE.
With all the experts in the world and with people who do know where to place their apostrophes, before or after an "S," why can't someone get to work on the English language so that we don't have words that have double use, like "Close?"
(By the way, what do we call words like that which have double meanings?? For a big star.)
It shouldn't take a lot of work really, just some creativity is all. Words like live and live need to be set free to be who they really are.
We should make a list so that these English Majors have something other to do than read Shakespeare, or tell people where to stick their apostrophes all day. They could work on this idea.
Any words to add to the list?