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100 years ago in the Inland Northwest: University of Idaho students slaying the English language

A report from the University of Idaho found a butchering of the mother tongue on Nov. 16, 1920.  (S-R archives)
A report from the University of Idaho found a butchering of the mother tongue on Nov. 16, 1920. (S-R archives)
By Jim Kershner The Spokesman-Review

Freshmen at the University of Idaho seemed “intent on murdering the mother tongue,” said a report out of Moscow.

Students insisted on using slang and “other derelictions” in a recent survey.

The most common offenses included the words “ain’t” and “gotta.” The former was by far the most common and was used “persistently and promiscuously.”

However, other grammatical mistakes were even more common than slang words. The survey found a wide variety of misused pronouns, double negatives and plural subjects with singular verbs.

From the holiday beat: Spokane’s orphanages were planning special Thanksgiving feasts.

The Spokane Children’s Home was preparing a “sumptuous dinner” including turkey and other traditional treats.

At the Hutton Settlement, a full Thanksgiving turkey dinner would be followed by “musical entertainment.” At the county infirmary at Spangle, North Central High School students were planning a holiday entertainment.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1776: British troops captured Fort Washington in New York City during the American Revolution.

1914: The newly created Federal Reserve Banks opened in 12 cities.

1933: The United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations.

2004: President George W. Bush picked National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice to be his new secretary of state, succeeding Colin Powell.

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