NotWords Vlog and Crog

So, wiki–Hawaiian for quick–has now made the [tag]Oxford English Dictionary[/tag].  No surprise.  These Oxford people are the same folks who put their imprimatur on using they as a generic pronoun for persons and things of singular or plural nature alike.  In other words, to say, “They want to fire everyone” is the same thing as saying, “The company wants to fire everyone.”  Not!  However, it’s all acceptable to the Oxford judges, whose standards have gone down with the British Empire. 

(Wiki, I actually don’t have a problem with.  It’s been around long enough to deserve accreditation, but because of its Hawaiian roots, not because of the Web usage to which it has been subjected.)

Nonetheless, I’m holding out that slang contractions such as vlog–video blog–and crog–carefully researched blog–do not enter the Queen’s English, or anyone’s English for that matter.  I may be old fashioned, but I think that popular constructions and contractions do not (don’t, to iterate) have to be incorporated into proper English.  Is duh in the dictionary?  Let’s hope not, but to me these two terms are in the same NotWord category as duh.  (Read a discussion of this issue here.)

Sadly, it’s a losing battle to try to maintain English as a real, time-honored language.  As e-mail takes over for letters and conversations, all grammar usage will become null and void–in short, anything goes!  Heaven help us.

One thought on “NotWords Vlog and Crog

  1. John says:

    er, “they” has been used with singular antecedents for at least 500 years. The OED is simply reporting a well-established usage.

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