NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:
Here’s a polite suggestion for smoothing relations with newspaper readers. Two choices perhaps: Finish page references after the final makeup of the paper. Or change all the page guesses to “inside.”
Rather than write another letter, may I add that I don’t think correct spelling changes much in a person’s lifetime. And there are so many words; our kids must learn spelling mostly by exposure to correct written language. But there’s no proofreading any more, right? Let’s reduce the time pressure on our writers so we won’t have such annoying errors ad “duel” for “dual” in both the headline and the story. They’re both words and computers can’t handle that yet.
Grammar, of course, does change, and this generation I judge from well educated speakers, is killing the verb “to lie” (down), and has decided never to use “me” after “and” for direct objects.
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