Please don't fall for the self-loathing. Many of the early differences in English were because British English continued to evolve while American English (and Noah Webster's dictionary) stayed closer to the British English at the time of the establishment of the American Colonies, so perhaps it was the British who were "dumbing down" many words. In reality, both American English and British English have continued to evolve.
For a modern take on whether Americans misspell/mispronounce, check linguistic experts Patricia T. O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman.
Why can’t the Americans learn to speak?
Did the Bard speak American?
Would someone translate that to English please?
The slashdot title should have been, "Man completely misunderstands the Monkey Shakespeare Theorem."
I noticed that the linked website has comments off, so no one can help the author understand what the theorem really means.
I think that the goal is that one of the many monkeys types an entire work of Shakespeare, not that many monkeys each type a very small segment of Shakespeare mixed in with gibberish, and then the many very small segments of Shakespeare are cut from the surrounding gibberish and combined by a person of intelligence into a work of Shakespeare.
The notice is very emotionally charged and very confrontational. To me, the tone communicates that the author, Russ Herrold, is not interested in reconciliation.
He uses phrases such as "You seem to have crawled into a hole
He also throws around words such as "fear" and "kill." These are very emotionally charged words.
I don't know any of the details or background other than the notice, but the attacking wording sounds more like a blackmail, extortion, or coup attempt than a legitimate plea to find the project leader.
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I used to work at a corporately owned radio station (full disclosure: not for Entercom, KDND's owner. I was a techie in radio in a previous life). But I can tell you from experience that most of the people fired were most likely not responsible for this event. At my station group, no events happened without the express consent of #1, the station manager, and #2, the promotions director. They're the ones ultimately responsible. So why isn't John Geary the one getting the boot? Is this just an example of Corporate America scapegoating the peons? What if you had been commissioned by your boss to write code that ended up being a danger? Would you be culpable, or your boss?The hosts of KDND-FM's "Morning Rave" — who go by the on-air names Trish, Maney and Lukas — were fired a day after the station announced it was suspending the show and investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Jennifer Lea Strange. [...] John Geary, vice president and general manager of KDND parent company, Entercom/Sacramento, made the announcement Tuesday in an e-mail to reporters.
"Effective immediately, the 'Morning Rave' program is canceled and ten employees are no longer with the station."
A company spokesman, Charles Sipkins, confirmed the three DJs, as well as two other on-air personalities, "Carter" and "Fester," were among those fired. Five other employees who worked on the "Morning Rave" also were let go. All 10 were fired, the spokesman said, for violating terms of their employee agreements.
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