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Pridemore press release NOT written in crayon

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Pridemore press release NOT written in crayon

Postby jjoyce » Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:12 pm

State Rep. Don Pridemore (R-Erin) announced his intention to form a committee to explore running for state Department of Public Instruction superintendent with a curious press release today.

It reads as follows, unedited (see the link above for the PDF of the release on the Wheeler website):

November 28, 2012
Madison- State Representative Don pridemore (R-Erin) has filed papers to form a committee to explore to possibility of running for the position of DPI Superintendant this coming spring.
“The status quo is simply not working. After spending billions of dollars on education in Wisconsin, we have not moved the needle a bit. I believe it’s time for a fresh set of ideas”, Pridemore said. “Our children’s education has suffered as a result and I believe it’s time to change that.” Pridemore added.
Pridemore went on to say that he expects to reach a decision on the race very soon.


Might/could have had a teacher look at that before punching the SEND button, huh?

Pridemore went to a private Lutheran high school (Milwaukee Lutheran) and a private Catholic college (Marquette), which doesn't disqualify him from running the Department of Public Instruction in any way. Same goes for issuing a poorly written press release.
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Re: Pridemore press release NOT written in crayon

Postby Mean Scenester » Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:29 pm

Raises the question: Is our children learning?

One hopes better so than their forebears if this guy is any kind of representative example.
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Re: Pridemore press release NOT written in crayon

Postby kurt_w » Thu Nov 29, 2012 5:22 pm

How many errors do you see in there? I count at least four, not even including the questionable usage of "a bit."
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Re: Pridemore press release NOT written in crayon

Postby snoqueen » Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:30 pm

I got five, again disregarding "a bit," which I find acceptably colloquial.

Spellcheck is no help when you can't punctuate and won't proofread.

Worse than editing details, though, is his purported reason for running. What's the gauge upon which this non-moving needle sits? In what regard is our children's education suffering? Why is Mr. Pridemore better qualified than the incumbent to solve such vexing problems? And why did he hire a semiliterate campaign consultant to write his press releases?

Inquiring minds want to know, Don.
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Re: Pridemore press release NOT written in crayon

Postby minicat » Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:34 pm

are we SURE it wasn't written in crayon originally?

He's right that education is suffering under Walker, but I'm pretty sure that's not the point he wanted to make.
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Re: Pridemore press release NOT written in crayon

Postby DCB » Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:24 pm

kurt_w wrote:How many errors do you see in there? I count at least four, not even including the questionable usage of "a bit."

Are you counting the all-lower-case 'pridemore'? because that might be a literary homage to e. e. cummings.
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Re: Pridemore press release NOT written in crayon

Postby lukpac » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:24 pm

DCB wrote:homage


Correct pronunciation or the artsy fartsy way?
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Re: Pridemore press release NOT written in crayon

Postby fennel » Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:13 pm

lukpac wrote:
DCB wrote:homage


Correct pronunciation or the artsy fartsy way?

Wow, I've never heard homage pronounced with a hard h. The OED says it comes to us via Old French, so the h has probably been silent for quite a while. They do note a US variant, though.
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Re: Pridemore press release NOT written in crayon

Postby lukpac » Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:20 pm

fennel wrote:Wow, I've never heard homage pronounced with a hard h. The OED says it comes to us via Old French, so the h has probably been silent for quite a while. They do note a US variant, though.


There's that, but I was mainly referring to (H)OM-ij vs. oh-MAZH.
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Re: Pridemore press release NOT written in crayon

Postby snoqueen » Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:36 pm

It doesn't rhyme with porridge any more?
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Re: Pridemore press release NOT written in crayon

Postby DCB » Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:47 pm

lukpac wrote:
fennel wrote:Wow, I've never heard homage pronounced with a hard h. The OED says it comes to us via Old French, so the h has probably been silent for quite a while. They do note a US variant, though.


There's that, but I was mainly referring to (H)OM-ij vs. oh-MAZH.

In my mind, OM-ij is the usual pronunciation, but oh-MAZH is reserved for smug movie directors making cute references to other movies - I'm talking about you, Tarantino.

I'm guessing pridemore thinks that the silent 'h' is for sissy French types. Real Americans pronounce the hard 'h', the way God intended when he created the world 6000 years ago.
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Re: Pridemore press release NOT written in crayon

Postby fennel » Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:49 pm

Yeah, I guess I have somewhat noticed that progression. But then triage doesn't have the hard j sound. It's a more recent contribution from French.
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Re: Pridemore press release NOT written in crayon

Postby Ducatista » Sat Dec 01, 2012 1:51 pm

It swings both ways to my ear:

Pay AHM-ij to...

It's an oh-MAZH to...
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Re: Pridemore press release NOT written in crayon

Postby lukpac » Sat Dec 01, 2012 4:29 pm

Ducatista wrote:It swings both ways to my ear:

Pay AHM-ij to...

It's an oh-MAZH to...


Yeah, people like to say that, but "it's an AHM-ij to..." is just as correct as "pay AHM-ij to..."

Of course, if something comes into use, it becomes "correct" whether curmudgeons like it or not.
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Re: Pridemore press release NOT written in crayon

Postby Ducatista » Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:35 am

lukpac wrote:Yeah, people like to say that, but "it's an AHM-ij to..." is just as correct as "pay AHM-ij to..."


Yup. Hence "to my ear." I pick the pronunciation based on how it feels and sounds (to me) with the preceding syllable.
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