The issue? The potential proliferation of the letter 'x' as a means of further bastardizing the English language. My curmudgeo-dar (on full gain) picked this up today while watching a commercial for age-defying skin cream (creme?). By the way, why didn't spell check catch 'curmudgeo-dar'? Is that actually a real word? Or is spell check just crap?
The commercial featured an attractive lady whose perfect skin was obviously the product of a very great deal of expertly applied make-up; she had no visible pores, not a single distinguishable feature on her eyelids (everyone has wrinkled eyelids for goodness' sake!) and equally obviously was wearing lipstick and eyelash enhancing paint. However, as I alluded to; this wasn't was stuck in my mind the most.
The product in question (the name of which has fled my memory - great advertising) contained the label 'Correxion'. Oh dear. This is the kind of 'cool' messing around with the language that makes me grind what teeth I have left and kick the cat. Actually I haven't got a cat so I just have to grind my teeth. Soon I will have but one tooth in which case I will be forced to gum it.
What's worse is that I foresee more of this kind of lazy screwing around...the possibilities seem endless. It fits with a cultural movement of abbreviation and bastardization of language borne of the need to text incessantly about nothing, and therefore the need to abbreviate all those meaningless words. I have teenaged kids...I know about this stuff.
After all, thinks the lazy good-for-nothing semi-literate youth; why bother spelling something properly when the person reading it has to go to the effort of deciphering it anyway? They may as well get some more mental exercise and correct all the mistakes themselves, right? Wrong. Very wrong.
Nevertheless, since educators seem unwilling to or incapable of correcting such behaviour, I'm sure we will soon be assailed with nonsense such as:Afflixion, Connexion, Subtraxion etc.....not forgetting of course; Dixionary.
All of which makes me wonder, was the real name of that famous civil rights leader actually Malcolm Ct?