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Continued: Readers Write: (Aug. 28): Syria, oil pipeline, data privacy, teaching, grammar

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‘WE WAS ROBBED’

And to think we was gonna let it slide …

Hey ya Strib! Yer shure gonna git whatcha want on this ’un that ya run fer fun. I mean bunches of letters. (“Why knowingly print incorrect phrase?” Readers Write, Aug. 24)

“We was [wuz] robbed” comes from the world of boxing, most likely. Try “I shoulda stood in bed” and many more from our vastly entertaining field of baseball (also most likely). And a multitude of others from the world of sport, generally.

The letter writer might find fun and prophet in reading “Strictly Speaking” by Edwin Newman, subtitled “Will America be the Death of English?” It’s a witty bestseller of 1974. And, hey, dontcha be put off by the date, ’cuz it’ll bring ya up ta date. Almost, anyway, given the new electronics which is a current influence.

Whatta heck, maybe we oughta be as careful to demand logic (actual correctness) in our world of politics as the writer is with demand for correct (standard) grammar.

RODNEY HATLE, Owatonna, Minn.

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