All The More Reason

Where’s our wonder?
June 17, 2007, 2:28 am
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Sometimes when I think about the vicious debates between liberals and conservatives I ask myself where the wonder has gone. Why do I have a knee? Why two eyes and one mouth? Not why is the sky blue, but why is there a bloody sky at all? I wouldn’t want someone to think that I’m suggesting that these political debates are not of importance, but it does raise an eyebrow when some of the more vociferous of them choose not to explore any other territory but “the left” and “the right”.

For example, I caught myself in mid–phrase this afternoon completely breaking the infinitive. “It would be better to not have that option”.  If you listen to anyone over the age of 50 talk I’d bet good money that that infinitve is as solid as a rock. How did that happen? Is there a subtlety that’s developed between “not to have” and “to not have” which didn’t exist before or is this indeed an example of the weakening of the language? Isn’t that just as worthy of a debate as any other?



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