When did we start losing our articles? Indefinite or otherwise, they are dropping like flies. I don’t even think it’s a collective laziness on our part, it appears to be a concerted grammarcide.
I was watching a television advert the other day – it could have been for Argos, which is horrendous enough with its arse-clenchingly contrived ‘Argos it!’ punchline – the advert included the sentence: “Get £99 off Xbox 360 with Kinect!”
When did an Xbox 360 become simply Xbox? And more to the point, how have we allowed this to happen? I blame our education system, and I blame the parents. In no particular order.
We have a similar situation at work, where we have taken a style guide decision to ignore the Driving Standards Agency’s efforts to call itself simply ‘DSA’. DSA does this, DSA announces that.
I realise we live in a time of increasing government frugality, but slashing reasonable use of the word ‘the’ is certainly not going to save the billions that the chancellor needs in order to meet his spending commitments over the next five years.
Whilst the entire establishment and much of academia scratches around for a meaning behind the ridiculous riots of July 2011, I suggest we put it down to bad grammar. I might write to prime minister and tell him so.
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