Grammar and Vocabulary

I try very hard not to be a “Grammar Nazi” when reading Facebook and similar things on the internet.  As to Facebook I realize not every writer has the education level, or for whom English is a second language.  As for the grammar used in posts on Yahoo and Google, that’s another matter.

These two entities like to provide news stories that after reading them I’m not sure what the article was about.  Was the writer pro or con on this issue?  I hoped the bad English would eventually be weeded out, but I decided I would just stick to the more reliable information sites:  CNN, Al Jazeera, Politico, Huffington Post, etc.

Now with Trump in power we can kiss our vocabulary and grammar good-bye.  Just like we have to accept “alternate facts” as real.  Now our anti-bullying campaign is a complete waste of time, money and effort, since our Commandeer-In-Chief has the diplomacy of a 6th year old playground bully.

I read an excellent, though dated, article  from Politico on Trump’s vocabulary, and it got me thinking: just how many words does Donnie have in his repertoire?  So I did a little more looking and found another, more recent, article from the Washington Post.  But no one actually counted the words Donnie uses.  Excluding articles (I, me, he, she, them, from, to, an, and, etc.) I decided to put together a list of his most frequently used words:

big, huge, bigly, biggest, best, worst, sad, bad, stupid, weak, lousy, horrible, deal, good, terrible, loser, hater, moron, dumb, smart (only when referring to himself), tough, dangerous, worse, lies, fake news, media, amazing, tremendous, terrific, zero, out of control (OK, I know it’s a phrase), beautiful, classy.

That’s just a taste.  Now, try to read the transcript of one of his speeches:

“Look, having nuclear—my uncle was a great professor and scientist and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes, OK, very smart, the Wharton School of Finance, very good, very smart—you know, if you’re a conservative Republican, if I were a liberal, if, like, OK, if I ran as a liberal Democrat, they would say I’m one of the smartest people anywhere in the world—it’s true!—but when you’re a conservative Republican they try—oh, do they do a number—that’s why I always start off: Went to Wharton, was a good student, went there, went there, did this, built a fortune—you know I have to give my like credentials all the time, because we’re a little disadvantaged—but you look at the nuclear deal, the thing that really bothers me—it would have been so easy, and it’s not as important as these lives are (nuclear is powerful; my uncle explained that to me many, many years ago, the power and that was 35 years ago; he would explain the power of what’s going to happen and he was right—who would have thought?), but when you look at what’s going on with the four prisoners—now it used to be three, now it’s four—but when it was three and even now, I would have said it’s all in the messenger; fellas, and it is fellas because, you know, they don’t, they haven’t figured that the women are smarter right now than the men, so, you know, it’s gonna take them about another 150 years—but the Persians are great negotiators, the Iranians are great negotiators, so, and they, they just killed, they just killed us.”

Help Us Diagram This Sentence by Donald Trump! This is probably the world’s longest run-on sentence ever! Nineteen lines and the man didn’t even say anything!

Our world is in chaos and we are being lead by an ignorant beast!  We need to find a child therapist to help us interpret and clarify what he says, not Sean Spicer, who speaks nearly as well as Trump.  But given the material he has to work with, I guess he does pretty well.

Please help us or we are doomed!  We Stand

Surprise!

Despite a rocky Friday night enduring stoney silence, things are going all right.  Though S and H haven’t talked about Thursday, but they are talking.  Son’s birthday is next week, so today we bought him a new stereo for his car.  He hasn’t had a working stereo for a long time, which lead him to use my car for long rides (you can’t drive in LA without music).  Now he can take his own.  Well worth the investment.  It puts the burden of gas and maintenance back on him.

I honestly don’t know what we did wrong raising S.  Maybe we were too lax.  S recently told me about his many difficulties at school that I never knew about.  And I was active in his education.  I volunteered time to his classes, called teachers after hours, pissed off some of them.  Yet there was bullying to be endured, horrible daily threats that the bully made about killing him, killing his family.  He was about 11 I think he said.  He never told either me or his dad about it.  No wonder I never knew about how early his drug years began.  By the time he gave them up at 25, he’d been using for almost 15 yrs.  And I never knew.

I feel pretty stupid about that.  How could I not know?  Well S never informed me, but I never sensed something going on?  I never noticed some evidence of the bullying and difficulties at school.  I was pretty quick to condemn the parents of the Columbine shooters.  How could they not know their kids were this troubled?  Now I understand it.  How well kids learn to cope with difficulties, how quickly they learn to hide.  I’ll never understand that.

Husband and I didn’t make it to the beach today (cold and foggy there), but we had breakfast out together before we bought Son’s gift.  Now I think we’re going to take a nap together.  Then we plan to order pizza and watch a movie together, with Son.