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Thread #159749   Message #3786299
Posted By: Senoufou
20-Apr-16 - 12:37 PM
Thread Name: BS: Grammar Police/Pedant alert
Subject: RE: BS: Grammar Police/Pedant alert
I don't mind changes in language at all, I find them fascinating. At Uni, they played us a recording of some bloke who could speak 16th Century English, and the accent was very Northern, and very difficult to understand. Then we studied Chaucer, which needed a lot of footnotes. Our modern English is very different from these, and new words come into fashion daily. 'Twas ever thus... which brings me to:-

Being at Edinburgh Uni, we studied Rabbie Burns. He surely used more apostrophes than anyone in human history. I was a young girl from London and couldn't understand one word in three. This is the last bit of 'To A Louse' (NOT Mouse, Louse!):-

"What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us,
An' ev'n devotion."

If the chap had used a keyboard, his apostrophe key would have seized up!