King’s English

As young journalists, grammar is one of our main concerns.
Which is why I messed up that last sentence.
Hopefully, this post will start an interesting and informative conversation on grammar and spelling. If you have a grammar problem, put on a comment about it. Then the mighty Teen Takeover staff can begin a discussion/debate that just might result in an answer.


And here’s the grammar message board’s first question: Since the United Kingdom currently has a queen, who is the “king” in “King’s English”? (If the girls on the staff don’t object)
I don’t have an answer, but I know who isn’t the king: Elvis.
How do I know? He says, “Thank you very much.” I’m not sure that’s the right word to use. Of course, “Thank you very many” would sound incorrect, but consider the phrase, “many thanks”. It’s not “much thanks”. So the real question is this: Does the word “thanks” refer to a quantity of something (like five oranges), or a measurement of something (like a certain amount of flour)?
Now that I’ve thought about it, maybe Elvis is the king of english if he got this right.
Bring on the comments!

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3 Responses to King’s English

  1. Brittany says:

    haha I LOVE it Jake. It reminds me of ‘Eats Shoots, and Leaves.’

  2. Mom says:

    This reminds me of Robert Watson, the eccentric author of your english/literature curriculum who insisted on using southern spelling! Although he was excellent at teaching grammar, he would probably prefer that you called this post “English of the South.”

  3. Mom says:

    I don’t know if I dreamed this, but I remember being taught that you should say, “If I were” instead of “If I was.” However, no one ever says, “If I were president” or “If he were to go.” Which is it?

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