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Letters: Pettit hits mark on well-spoken English

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 11:07 p.m.

Dear Stefanie,

Does it bother you at all to see the complete disappearance of the word “might”? As in: “last week, when I was in Seattle, I thought I may go and visit my old neighborhood.” I think my head will metaphorically explode if I hear “may” used for “might” one more time!

And, it is probably too late to point out that the word “impacted” has a very specific medical meaning, and that you really, really do not want to BE “impacted,” you should much prefer to be “affected” by something! As an RN, my … mmmm, sphincters … clench every time I hear the word “impacted” used when the speaker really means “affected.”

My oldest son laments the death of the word “whom”; he has pointed out that “who” is used for both the nominative and the objective cases nowadays.

Loved your column in today’s S-R (“Front Porch: A plea for well-spokane English,” by Stefanie Pettit, Voice section, Aug. 30). Thank you so much.

Fellow language curmudgeon,

Dian Allison,



Dear Stefanie: I have been a faithful reader of your column for years. Today’s article was terrific! I completely agree with your frustration about the lapse of well-spoken English.

My husband has grown accustomed to my grumbling about “egregious” errors and misspelled words on television, in print media, on Facebook, etc. Our educators, political leaders and otherwise professional people are often the worst offenders.

I graduated from high school in 1973, from a small rural high school in Montana. There were 13 students in our class. Believe me, we all learned how to choose words carefully, to diagram sentences, to punctuate properly, and to proof read our written work. I still practice cursive penmanship exercises, for good measure.

Thanks very much for your well-written opinion. Your words really hit the mark for me!

Amy Ammons,


Keep working if you like it

Dear Stefanie,

Thank you for the perfect article about your husband’s work. I know a few people still working in their 70s. I commend them for it, and I tell people if they like working, keep at it.

My husband and I moved to Winnemucca, Nevada, for him to work at what he loved. He was an accountant. I left my work, but volunteered for several agencies there and I loved it.

We bought our retirement home in Spokane. A three-bedroom no basement rancher. I moved here before retirement. Larry rented a room in a friend’s home. Sadly he passed away there six weeks before he was to retire.

That was five years ago. It took about a year to come out of the fog. I have 3 children here and grandchildren, but I’ve been “floundering.” I volunteer but nothing really captures my interest, and I’m too old to get a real job.

That’s why I recommend “keep working” if you like it. You are, and I appreciate your articles.

Kathleen Schlicht,


Theologian’s story encouraging

What a well-written article regarding the accomplishments of this Christian woman, now an assistant professor at Whitworth University (“An unexpected path: Bible Classes started journey toward being academic ‘worth knowing,’ ” by Cindy Hval, Aug. 23). In the anti-Christian atmosphere of most media in America, including The Spokesman-Review, it’s encouraging for those of us in the faith community to read an article that is clearly and without apology reporting on the accomplishments of this woman as it relates to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God.

Jerry O’Callahan,


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