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November 1975

Strictly Speaking: Will America Be the Death of English?

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Department of Pediatrics University of Florida College of Medicine Gainesville, FL 32601

Am J Dis Child. 1975;129(11):1365-1366. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1975.02120480075025

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To a former editor of the Journal who in the daily review of manuscripts encountered countless errors in grammar, syntax, paragraphing, paragraph structuring, punctuation, and spelling, to one who has been made weary by excessive redundancy and by the needless repetition of a single word when the language is rich with synonyms, to a reader who has had to conclude that the English language and English composition are poorly taught in our schools and colleges if indeed they are taught at all, to such a one Ed Newman's book has been a fresh breeze on a sultry day. Justification for the volume is found in the sentence, "Those for whom words have lost their value are likely to find that ideas have also lost their value."

It is fervently hoped that those who read this review will be impelled to read the book. They will be rewarded by a feeling

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