ozarque (ozarque) wrote,

Recommended link; "WordGirl"....

Mark Liberman has a post at Language Log -- http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/004878.html#more --
that fits perfectly into our ongoing discussion of the effects of language choices. It's titled "GendergapGirl," it's about the new "WordGirl" YouTube feature from PBS, and here's a sample:

"The quality of the jokes aside, it seems that WordGirl teaches vocabulary mainly by correcting other people's word choices, or using (and condescending to explain) a rare and formal word when a commoner and less pretentious one would have worked just as well. This reinforces the idea that knowledge serves mainly to one-up or impress other people. It also reinforces the idea that intellectuals are snarky and obnoxious."

Highly recommended; I'd be very interested in your reactions.
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