THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO
24 JUNE 2013
ThingsThat Make You Go
Call My Bluf
was a long-running British game show between two teamsof three celebrity contestants. The point of the game is for the teams to take it in
turn to provide three denitions of an obscure word, only one of which is correct.The other team then has to guess which is the correct denition, the other twobeing "blus".
Among the rst things we learn in school are the rules of grammar — the building blocks of
proper communication which underpin the English language.
Among the rst things we forget when we leave school are the rules of grammar — the
infuriating and extremely irritating rules rendered completely unnecessary in a world in whichtexting seems to be the most popular form of communication and where most sentiments canbe adequately conveyed by acronyms, abbreviations, and the ubiquitous emoticon.
It's amusing therefore to watch as "the market" (a collective expression of the grammaticalcompetence of billions around the world) tries to dissect every utterance made by the likesof the Federal Open Market Committee, which itself spends an inordinate amount of time
structuring its prose so as to convey, via the most intricate inection imaginable, exactly what
it intends to do.