Illiteracy in the music industry

The music industry has made a mockery of the English language
BySarah Hedley HymersThursday , 10 September 2015
Illiteracy in the music industry

One Direction’s Harry correcting a fan’s grammar is the exception to the rule in ‘showbiz’; more often, chart-toppers corrupt vocabularies. The music industry has made a mockery of the English language for years, sometimes as cacography (deliberate comic misspelling), but mostly due to laziness, lack of education or a misguided attempt to sound edgy (put your Bangerz away, Miley!). Fergie was so convinced her fans wouldn’t even be able to pronounce the word duchess that she launched her solo career as ‘The Dutchess’. Dolly Parton couldn’t spell the word limousine, so the album White Limozeen was released. Ghostface Killah wasn’t a hit at his local spelling bee either (the clue’s in the name), and his The Big Doe Rehab wasn’t about female deer – he was referring to money, also known by the slang term ‘dough’. Doh! Hasn’t he seen The Sound of Music? Possibly not…

Famous role models may be too busy rolling around in the money they can’t spell to bother about language skills, but few of their followers will have as lucrative careers, and if they really love their fans as much as they say they do, they’d try to further their educations, rather than hinder them. 

 

 

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