LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Autor:||Dale - USA|
|Data:||24/AGO/2013 5:40 PM|
Is it wrong to write or say
¨Raining like crazy"? I would say it is and it is not. The normal or
standard way to express the thought is "It is raining like crazy."
Especially in email, it has become very common to read and write the
phrase without ¨"It is." Are the writers stupid, ignorant slobs? Some
probably are, but my experience has been that almost everyone who uses
this form of English would never dream of writing that way in other
contexts such as a letter, school paper, etc. They know when the
context is right and when it is wrong because they have been hearing and
reading the language all their lives.
call this form of the language "Headline English" due to its similarity
with newspaper headlines. Have you noticed that headlines in English
seem to have grammar rules of its own? You
can bet the editors know their American English grammar and are quite
aware that the headlines are not gramatically correct. Forgive
me for repeating myself, but I think you
can also bet that most of those who shorten phrases in email are
perfectly aware that what they are writing is not gramatically correct
in most contexts but generally accepted in email communications.
my surprise, I have learned recently that many articles have been
written about "Headline English". One article I found was written about
1930. In addition to finding it in headlines and emails, "headline
English" is also found in greeting cards and postcards. I saw an
example recently in a Christmas card for the year 1942. Did the printer
or editor make a mistake"? I doubt it. At least in the USA, one of
the most common postcard messages is "Wish you were here." Headline English was probably used to make the message in the card sound more personal, intimate, warm, affectionate. Where is the prepositon "I"? It is understood. The same message is often written "Wishing you were here." And the preposition? It is understood, of course.
The importance of context cannot be over emphasized.
Hoping* you are having a great month,
*("I am" if you must insist.)
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