Friday, May 22, 2009

21st Century Grammar Breakdown.

The other day two of my co-workers were having an argument. I was walking through the area at exactly the wrong time....they pulled me into the argument because they just knew I'd have an opinion on this issue. The one co-worker was whining about how he didn't want to listen to Green Day because they were "uneducated" and "had not gone to college" and so, therefore, why should they be allowed to speak with any authority about political issues? The other co-worker argued that Green Day can talk about whatever they damn well please if they didn't go to college, hadn't taken online classes, or gone to Harvard. I argued that it was not necessary for a people to have attended college in order for them to be educated, and that freedom of speech allows Green Day to talk about whatever they'd like, and that, furthermore, if someone doesn't like what Green Day has to say, then that person is not forced to listen to Green Day talk about their political beliefs.

Today's post illustrates one facet of my argument. I'd be willing to bet that whoever wrote this Green Day article is a college-educated journalist, yet he was not educated enough to realize that who's doesn't mean the same thing as whose. Even without a college education, I'm willing to bet that Billie Joe Armstrong himself is smart enough to know the difference between the two. Poor Billie Joe was obviously misquoted here--I'm sure he said who's, which, of course, sounds just like whose, the word the writer erroneously wrote instead. Sigh.

14 comments:

mama grammarphile said...

That's the beauty of living in this country. It does not, and should not, matter whether or not one has a college degree. We are all entitled to have an opinion, and we are guaranteed the right to voice that opinion. Green Day uses music to focus on issues which matter to them. One is free to choose to buy or not buy their music. They should not be dismissed simply because they do not have college degrees. As you well know, this is a very touchy subject for me. All people, college-educated or not, deserve to be treated with respect. Personally, I have far more respect for a non-college-educated person who works hard and treats people with respect than I do for college-educated folks who treat people badly and disrespectfully, and spend their free time either being condescending to others or playing WOW.

Secret Drinker said...

I've never been to college and I'd like to think that I'm intelligent and educated. Still, it's amazing how many people discount my opinion just because I don't have a piece of paper to say that I know things. Weird.

jblue said...

Hey, I posted this one yesterday! Earlier in the quote: to think that to get record your out in places like that. What?

Also, earlier in the article: sold about 215,000 copies since it's debut.

Rimpy said...

I'm trying to figure out what's going on in this sentence: "...to think that to get record your out in places like that..." Huh?

Just Another Shitty Old Man said...

'I was a young boy who had big plans'

John said...

never mind the crappy your above it too. Someone really can't spell.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Mama Grammarphile: *snicker* No idea at all who you're talking about here, but CLEARLY the person in question must totally suck at life. ;)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Secret Drinker: From what I know of you, you seem quite educated and intelligent. You, and many other people just like you in this respect, don't need a damn piece of paper to prove your intellectual worth!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ JBlue: Great minds think alike! :)

Yeah, I noticed after I posted it that there were other errors in the article. Total FAIL!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Rimpy: I *still* haven't figured out what's going on in that sentence.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ JASOM: Nice! Nimrod-era Green Day!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ John: Yeah, that article was full of crazy writing!

Anonymous said...

I find this interesting, as I usually see people using the possessive incorrectly. This is a refreshing, albeit no more gratifying, change of pace! :D

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

LOL! Glad you enjoyed this instance...sort of...! :)