Colleen Figg

He said, she said, you said

2008-03-28 09:57

Colleen Figg

I can't help feeling rather bogged down by all the goings-on in this country but I do not want to start enumerating them for fear of creating another 'political' column where people will take the opportunity to hurl insults and racial epithets at each other. I am very, very tired of reading such columns and also, the by now very predictable results of such columns.

The ultimate arguments (no matter the main point) will boil down to: all whites oppressed all blacks, so now all blacks need to set the balance right; you hate, we hate, this country's going or gone to hell in a hand basket and some are leaving while others are staying. Those leaving berate those who are staying; those staying call those leaving cowards.

Anti-New SA people slag off the government, the crime rate, the corrupt police force, the devalued Rand, the evils of muti murders, the ever spiralling descent of this once glorious country into madness while the pro brigade insist all these are only teething pains and that all will be fine at the other end of the rainbow once we get there.

It's all rather dull once you have read thoughts like these for the fiftieth time in a row. I predict that one day we in South Africa will not be able to discuss any issue, no matter how innocuous, without this kind of puerile he said/she said argument coming about and without the final decline into insults and name calling.

Grammar Nazis

That said, I do not want to see News24 or other media sites moderating or censoring this commentary in the hope that one day we may all get fed up to the back teeth with it and start creating something better that we can all work with, mould and shape; something that will foster understanding across the current apparently unbridgeable chasms of thought and opinion that exist now.

I'm also well pleased with the Grammar Nazis out there, keeping us columnists on our collective toes. As tired as I am of all this political bickering I get even more tired of seeing glaring grammatical blunders that many seem not to notice, or more alarmingly, seem not to care about.

Over the past months I have seen the word 'peak' used in place of 'peek' as if the two are interchangeable when the first has to do with the top of a mountain/brim of a hat/highest point of achievement and the second means a quick or secretive glimpse. Enough to send me into a fit of pique, I can tell you. Does no one read dictionaries anymore?

This is but one of many mind boggling errors I encounter regularly and one day I will dedicate a column to more of them in the interests of Maintaining Standards.

In ending, though, I must say that without reader comments, my own enjoyment of writing my column each fortnight would be diminished and so I ask all of you to keep on commenting, keep on participating, and I'd like to thank all of you who do.

Send your comments to Colleen.

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