Harrisburg Telegraph, 9/29/1915, p. 6
' LET US HAVE ENGLISH From the New York Sun. J This is the season for the opening of schools and colleges, and for that reason reason a humble plea for the English language may not be out of place. We make it shrinkingly and witn deferential deferential regard, to the profounder teachings of Professor Brander Matthews, Matthews, who proclaims tha grand principle principle that "everything goes." According According to this distinguished 'authority language js. made of the people, by the people and for the people, and hence what the people say is good and should therefore be admitted to academic academic society. At this time this people 'call a man a "guy," a woman a "skirt," and a dog a ''mutt." Other samples of the speech of the people are not essential. The truth is that few can say anything anything in the old - fashioned direct way. All have become so accustomed to the use of slang that the common speech is no longer common: it is become a curiosity, relegated to the obscure haunts of the "highbrows" and treated treated with scorn by the workers of the world. While - this undoubtedly gives much joy to Professor Brander Mat - tnews, it saaaens some oia xogies, who mourn the departure of earlier and more elegant ways of speaking, as they mourn the decadenoe of earlier and better manners. Perhaps the two were unrelated, but they were at least companions. Is it probable that if the young ceased to call their eledrs "old guys" or "geezers, to rerer to otner - people s mothers as "skirts" or "rags," and generally generally began to lift their terminology toward levels of a decorum less figur ative, if more prpsaic, they might also improve their manners? At any rate Is there any overwhelming reason why the youth of this time should be almost almost wholly unacquainted with the plain English - tongue ' and unable to say the simplest thing except in slang? It Is a matter worthy of the consider ation of those teachers and nrofessors who mav nerhaDs not aeree with the Columbia sage that "everything goes."