The Write Stuff
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Most people cannot spell… they think they can but they cannot. So a whole irrecoverable generation is basically unable to pass on a valuable treasure-house of true word meanings… thanks to that delinquent Whitlam who was besotted with phonetics.
To be able to express yourself at capacity you must know the apt word.
You must know how to spell that word in order to determine the derivation or the true meaning, or all is lost forever… in one generation.
A simple example is the misused word, “decimated”.
It doesn’t mean “wiped out”, it means to reduce by only one tenth.
“Decimation” was the cruel practice used by Roman generals. When a battle was lost they would kill one tenth of their own soldiers. By doing so it ensured the 90% remaining would in future fight to the death without question.
“De’tente”, that beautiful French word for a diminution in military tension, was the order given to archers to release the tension on the bow string with the arrow still in place.
Much like cocking and uncocking a loaded gun. Whitlam would have us spell that word …“daytont”, with no allusion to derivation.
Every newscaster and journalist (without spellcheck) says, “comaraderie”. The word is “camaraderie”. It is a French word and should be known by those who teach.
“Iridescent” has only one “r” because it refers to the eye’s iris, yet everyone spells it with two “rs”.
“Irre” prefix has a negative connotation…no-one cares.
Try asking any person who claims they can spell, or even an English teacher, to spell just ten words.
Restaurateur (Fr. no “n”)
Jodhpurs (Jodhpur, India)
Acquisition, and, if you think any of those are unfair throw in ecstasy, inoculation, liquefy, fuchsia and fulfil.
All have distinctive derivatives that necessitate and explain the correct spelling yet the very best speller will barely get two of the ten.
The art of true explanation can stop a war. A flawed explanation can start one…and don’t expect an interpreter to get it right. They never do.
Phonetic spelling encouraged during the brief Whitlam era lost a generation of children without spelling integrity. Those children are now illiterate teachers perpetuating the same illiteracy. I hate what he did to us.
Grammar has disintegrated. It is loudly abused by newsreaders and commentators. Should it be:
“My mother took he and I to the pictures”? or,
“My mother took him and me to the pictures”?
The answer is simple:
“My mother took him to the pictures” and,
“My mother took me to the pictures.”
Therefore, “My mother took him and me to the pictures” is correct.
“None of the 50 people are injured”? or,
“None of the 50 people is injured”?
“None” is a contraction of “no one”, therefore the subject “None” is singular. A singular subject requires a singular verb “is”.
“No one is injured” or “None is injured” is correct!
The “50 people” is only the subordinate subject.
Whitlam’s Schools Commission, a sop to the rabid lesbian-run teachers’ unions, ensured basic RRR education was lost forever. Can there be a greater example of his vandalism?
My daughter Melanie arrived home from school when she was 8 with a semester summation from her teacher suggesting, mainly, that Melanie should try to be more assertive, gregarious and outspoken.
I corrected nine spelling errors in the summation, in red biro, wrote 1/10 on it, and sent it back.
Words are pictures. That’s why we need to write a word in an attempt to spell it.
Let’s say you had two different paintings on two different walls of your office and the cleaners inadvertently switched them overnight.
If, when you walk in the next morning, something feels immediately out of place, you can spell.
If you don’t notice anything, you can’t spell.