Since the advent of the Internet, the English language has been inundated by a slew of otherworldly words and expressions – meme, facepalm, doge, and LOLcat. While we (or is it just me?) embrace descriptive grammar and welcome the richness of English as it is used, it is nevertheless impossible not to even remotely suspect that the people who like to post comments or even start flame wars on Facebook and YouTube are generally illiterate or “challenged” in one way or another.
“Weird Al” Yankovic – yeah, the one who turned Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” into “Like a Surgeon” and Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” into Eat It” – just released a new music video called “Word Crimes,” a parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” that also manages to skewer the poor use of the English language that’s endemic to the Internet.
I ‘m not sure if you have had the chance to see a recent set of six YouTube videos that attempts to promote good English here in Singapore. but I think Weird Al does a better, more memorable job in just one, without the drama, fake pomposity, and cross-dressing. But hey, that’s just my opinion. Check out the “Word Crimes” music video below. (After that, watch Mario, Fafa, and Johnny T’s equally good “Fix Your Grammar.”)