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Diatribe Revisited: Return of the Word Police / Nicki Minaj, You’re Under Arrest.


During a long-overdue and internet-free vacation with loved ones, please enjoy several days’ worth of “Best Of …” posts from the archives … an opportunity to re-share some of the blog’s most popular posts from the last three years with readers who may not have been around at the time that they were first published.  Enjoy!

Originally published on November 1, 2011 “Diatribe: Return of the Word Police / Nicki Minaj, You’re Under Arrest” is still a popular post.

In addition to previously discussed violations, The Word Police have determined it to be critical that 1) we not say “Impore-Dent” when something is truly important, 2) we remember that cows give us milk, not melk, and 3) we all know the difference between a “pin” and a “pen”.

Please be reminded, also, that a pitcher is either the player who throws the baseball to the batter or the serving container from which one pours orange juice or margaritas … it is not a photograph.  That would be a picture.  If your pitcher is taken, you will undoubtedly lose the game … or make do without margaritas.

Furthermore, role models that slaughter the English language in the name of “art” must be discouraged.  For instance, Nicki Minaj in her hit, Super Bass, teaches her fans the following phrase …

Yes I did, yes I did
Somebody please tell him who the eff I is
I am Nicki Minaj, I mack them dudes up
Back coupes up, and chuck the deuce up

Seriously … when I hear “I is” it, literally, makes me cringe.  I find the use of Ebonics in popular music to be completely unacceptable.  Poets and lyricists have properly used the English language to artistically write  beautiful and expressive rhymes for hundreds of years.  So why has it, recently, become acceptable to  butcher the language and call it “art”?  Like anything else this music, as a commodity, is subject to the laws of supply and demand.  So, as long as there is an audience that is willing to purchase the music of artist’s like Minaj it will continue to be created.

Does this drive you nuts, too?


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