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A Catholic who follows Rome & the Magisterium. I'm against gay "marriage", abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, human cloning. Altar girls, Communion in the hand, Eucharistic Ministers and "Protestant" music in the Church doesn't bother me at all. A proud American retired submarine sailor. Our borders should be secured with a 10 ft. high fence topped by concertina wire with minefields out to 20 yards on both sides and an additional 10 yards filled with warning signs outside of that Let's get energy independent NOW! Back Israel to the max, stop appeasing followers of the Pedophile Prophet. Pro 2nd Amendment, pro death penalty, Repeal all hate crime legislation. Back the police unless you'd rather call a hippie when everything hits the fan. Get government out of dealing with education, childhood obesity and the enviornment. Stop using the military for sociological experiments and if we're in a war don't micromanage their every move. Kill your television, limit time on the computer and pick up a book. God's will be done and may He have mercy upon us all.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

My PMG about reading classic lit.

PMG=Piss, Moan & Groan.

It seems I'm less impressed with our level of education in this nation every day.

The wife bought me a few hardcover books for Father's Day. They were "Dracula", "The Time Machine" and "The Invisible Man". I read them all a very long time ago and expressed an interest in doing it again.

Leaving aside the conclusions about Stoker's sexual preferences made by the chick who wrote the foreword of that book, every one of them seems geared to a 7th grade level. The original story is there but every one is loaded with footnotes giving definitions for words used (e.g. "draughty" as meaning breezy. The context alone will lead to that conclusion.

Did the public in general forget what dictionaries are used for? Or did they never learn? Maybe I don't want to know the answer to that one.

FWIW, I remember reading "Paradise Lost", "The Iliad", The Odyssey" and a few others with a dictionary by my chair. It's a wonder what the effort of looking up a word does for your vocabulary. Even a turdchasing, knuckledragging, alcoholic sub sailor will start improving in that regard. I didn't read the damned things except too many of the other books I had referenced a lot of classic literature. Even the writings of Louis L'Amour had that.

Using a dictionary was a skill drilled into me both at home and at Our Lady of Perpetual Payments Elementary School. Did that practice fall into disuse?

Sorry, just venting. I look at things like this and worry about my kids. Happens a lot lately.


MightyMom said...

wikipedia babe.

Harry said...

Ahh, dictionaries. I use them as a torture device against my students. Any word I ask them to define hides from them and only becomes visible when I look for it. It's quite maddening.

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