Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ableist Grammar Snobs Unite!

Over the next few days, pretty much everyone on the Internet will have seen and/or heard "Weird Al" Yankovic's funny/not-funny new parody song, "Word Crimes." In his lyric, Yankovic appeals to the grammar snob in each of us. Or in most of us. Some of us? A few? And that's all good and well, but I'll be looking for backlash against the song for its callous use of a term for people with cerebral palsy to put down someone by saying "you write like a spastic."

"What's wrong with that?" you ask. Google answers with this and this and this and this, for starters. Ciao!