When Dr. J. saw this post by Kevin D. Williamson, he immediately thought of the Castle Grammarian, Torturer and Executioner, The Czar. He was quite pleased that The Czar penned something on the subject before Dr. J. awoke this morning. The Czar, having lived through the evolution of the English language is something of an expert on it.
Dr. J., on the other hand, types rather quickly, and as the thoughts transmit to the fingers, they sometimes bypass Broca’s area, and consequently incurs the wrath of the Czar for typos, incomplete edits, and of course the ‘its vs. it’s’ thing, which is more of a recurring typo thing due to a twitchy right pinky finger than any sort of intellectual deficiency.
Nevertheless, when Dr. J. was a junior at Ivy University, he took a class in Gothic Literature with an awesome professor. Now when Dr. J. was in college, the political correctness movement was beginning to take momentum. The gender police were screaming like harpies from the highest mountains, and some of Dr. J.’s classmates were getting away with spelling women as ‘womyn’, and history as ‘herstory’ in their scholarly treatises.
Good gravy, even Lion is correcting these politically correct spellings as Dr. J. tries to type them.
Anyway, Dr. J.’s professor was a Goth girl who looked not dissimilar from the picture in the upper right hand corner of this post. While Dr. J. was expecting her to be a typical Feminist Marxist Deconstructionist literature professor, she was surprisingly open minded, and wanted each of us to approach literature as we saw it. She, you see, had a rather close minded Chaucer professor back at Yale, and vowed never to be that way with her students. And, the dirty secret of being a successful literature professor is, as she put it, that you have your own authentic voice as you write and publish, publish, publish.
Professor Mondo, Dr. J. is sure, is going to opine on this.
Nevertheless, she returned the rough draft of Dr. J.’s treatise on anti-Catholic sentiment in Protestant-penned Gothic Literature with corrections and suggestions. At one point in the paper, Dr. J. used the third-person plural they in lieu of a grammatically correct he. She circled the word they in blood red ink (perhaps it was blood, one cannot be sure).
She wrote underneath it, “Being politically correct does not trump being grammatically correct…please fix.”