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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Shō ga nai "it can't be helped" or "nothing can be done about it"


This is an old blog response talking about changing the English language to better accommodate grammar.  The blogs I was responding to has long left the web now and with it went the company the published it and a number of odd books.

I can’t say this is all that interesting reading but sometimes I just need to put things up to clear my head.

29th January 2011

Shō ga nai  "it can't be helped" or "nothing can be done about it"

Lily, Lily, Lily, the world of words has never been one friendly to me, and changes in it are as vexing as rules that I don’t understand. It doesn’t help that I got the back of my head batted around like a baseball, and that I can’t process words the way normal people do as a result. In fact, I wouldn’t be able to respond to your blogs coherently without the use of a program to read my writing back to me.

The rules I learned in high school are now wrong. I’m sure they were wrong back then as well, but the teacher didn’t bother to brush up. Changing things will only bring us poor spellers further off the mark. Even worse, I have to deal with people regularly who don’t understand that I have a real problem and insist that I’m just lazy. I don’t think you can know what it feels like to have to relive the violence and years of pain I went through every time some idiot sticks their nose in the air and tells me I have a problem with words. Tell them you have a learning disorder and they sneer, tell them you have an injury and they don’t want to talk about it any longer.

Even in college, when I do turn in work that is free of spelling and grammatical errors I’m often shocked to find my grades are no hire.

I don’t want words to change; I just want them to get along with me. I’d just like to find a reliable source for grammar rules that I can understand. English has been around for a long time, we should have put it together right by now.