The frailty of man, as reflected in the daily paper

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Friday, March 11, 2011; 6:15 PM

Regarding letters published on the Saturday Free For All page:

I am offended by being considered, as a reader, kinsman of letter writers who are without senses of humor and who are perfection bigots. Ditto to the women who write to demand that mailmen be called personpersons, or the equivalent.

For those who rail at editors for missing a typo or wrong word, I wonder whether they are perfect in their jobs when under the gun to get things out under time pressure. And those who rant at common usage instead of schoolbook grammar probably do not understand that language continually changes, especially languages spoken by large populations. Repeated attempts to freeze English grammar and spelling into a King's English have failed, from the Middle Ages to the present. I loved a letter I read in translation from Latin, dating to about 100 A.D., in which the writer complained about the poor Latin spoken in Gaul, which was early French.

For those who comment on what page news appears on and who feel that every death deserves front-page attention - what an awful newspaper that would be. When we live in a nation of 300 million, it is not disrespectful not to run every violent death on the front page and no human-interest or sports news.

The Post maintains a superb editorial balance that makes scanning the lead articles interesting and often fun. Folks, lighten up. It is not the editors who appear as fools when such minutiae are picked on.

Philip Schaenman, Potomac


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