Story | Jun 6, 2012
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Story | May 3, 2012 | 8:52 AMCommenting from Albion, the estimable Picky recently wrote: "As I look back on a very privileged life I note that although the language I spoke mostly as a child was that of the London streets, my parents (typically of the upper working class in those days they enriched English by reading Dickens and Trollope and Austen to each other in the evenings - anyone do that nowadays?) and my school together provided me also with something very close to standard English, and I traded on that, essentially made my living from it, for the rest of my life. People who tell me that 'ain't' is perfectly good English dating back to Hengist and Horsa or Whoever are right, of course, but more important is knowing when 'ain't' is OK and when it ain't. People who shy from passing that sort of stuff on to others may be very clever and very knowledgeable about language, but they are not doing their fellows any favours at all."
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Story | Nov 29, 2006 | 8:29 PM
The first order of business at colleges and universities is to dispense knowledge. Second may be collecting stuff. And institutions of higher education in California know how to bring in the goods. As the region's schools have proliferated, collections...