As if we needed any more evidence of the decline of literacy in this country, this sentence appeared in an article in the Tooele Transcript Bulletin, of Utah.
“Even if he could toss this Slider 2.0, he wouldn’t have the full endurance to consistently throw it for strikes and keep a solid arm for a good amount of time, just ask Minnesota Twin rookie, and new disabled-list regular Francisco Liriano what breaking balls do to your arm, and then tell me you can thrown a candy-cane-like pitch better than Greg Maddux can hurl a change-up.”
This has to be one of the most poorly constructed sentences I’ve ever seen in a newspaper. Now, granted, the Toole Transcript Bulletin is not exactly the national newspaper of record, but it’s still a newspaper, dammit! I do not think it too much to ask of the print media to at least adhere to basic standards of literacy. Where was the editor? Or is he or she as illiterate as the writer? In an era when our nation’s teens cannot even spell or construct a basic sentence, the media has an obligation to set a example of the proper way to express thoughts through the written word.
The whole article is written like this, which is a shame because the subject matter is actually rather interesting, at least to a baseball fan. It’s here if you’re interested.
This is by no means an isolated occurrence, either. Every day I see examples of incorrect spelling, grammar, and syntax in my newspaper, and I wonder what the hell is happening to this country’s educational standards. As John Lennon once wrote, “It gets on my tit!”