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Mayor Bloomberg to Kids: Learn to ‘Speak Grammar’ or You Won’t Succeed
Politicker ^ | June 7, 2013 | Jill Colvin

Posted on 06/08/2013 6:25:55 PM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi

Mayor Michael Bloomberg–who previously suggested so-so students skip college to become plumbers–dished out some more advice to young people Friday morning during his weekly radio show.

Mr. Bloomberg, whose own syntax has sometimes been the butt of jokes, warned kids to pay attention to their grammar lessons or risk losing opportunities later in life.

“Kids have to learn to speak grammar,” said the mayor, in response to a caller who suggested kids weren’t being taught the subject in schools.

“If you don’t speak good grammar–English with good grammar–you’re not gonna get the kind of jobs that you want,” said the mayor. “You can make an argument that it shouldn’t be the case, it’s not fair, whatever, [but] people judge each other by how well-spoken they are. And if there’s a lot of jargon, and if you can’t–double negatives and things like that–they hurt your career prospects.”

That’s one of the reasons, he argued, it’s so important to have good schools. “It is an English-speaking country and, like in My Fair Lady, we do judge each other based on how well we speak.”

Host John Gambling said he hoped that message was getting through to young people.

“People think it’s cute to jive. And it may be for entertainment, but you just still have to have a command of the English language,” concluded Mr. Bloomberg, who admitted he was never good at the subject at school.

“I could never figure out a dangling participle,” he joked.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: michaelbloomberg; nannybloomberg; newyork; newyorkcity
First, Bloomberg was right when he said that this 'everyone should go to college' mindset is crazy, and some kids would be better off learning a trade. Now, Bloomberg is spot-on saying that you'll get nowhere in America speaking jive or Spanish. It's odd to say, but Bloomberg is on a roll.
1 posted on 06/08/2013 6:25:55 PM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

I ain’t got no use for no inglush books.


2 posted on 06/08/2013 6:28:37 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

However, you could become mayor of NYC. Apparently, proper grammar is no prerequisite.


3 posted on 06/08/2013 6:29:19 PM PDT by newheart (The worst thing the Left ever did was to convince the world it was not a religion.)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Bloomberg is one of my least favorite humans, but he is right on this.


4 posted on 06/08/2013 6:29:52 PM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Bloomberg is a neo-Nazi traitor. When it comes time to hang traitors, I guarantee you that Bloomberg the Nazi will be begging for his worthless life.


5 posted on 06/08/2013 6:35:16 PM PDT by sergeantdave (No, I don't have links for everything I post)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Sounds racist to me.


6 posted on 06/08/2013 6:38:35 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
Then why don't we require that all citizens and immigrants learn and become fluent in ENGLISH (that's what it's called Bloomie) so they can be functional in society, schools and the workplace.
The #1 step out of the slums and ghettos is to know the language and customs of the nation you live in, not just your immediate 'hood.

7 posted on 06/08/2013 6:48:43 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: sergeantdave
Bloomberg is a neo-Nazi traitor. When it comes time to hang traitors, I guarantee you that Bloomberg the Nazi will be begging for his worthless life.

Bloomberg may be a totalitarian, but I'll go out on a limb and suggest that BloomBERG is not a Nazi.

8 posted on 06/08/2013 7:02:55 PM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

I think he’s wrong.

I’d be having my children learn Chinese.


9 posted on 06/08/2013 7:08:42 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

“Kids have to learn to speak grammar.”

Umm... That word is “grammatically”. I’ll let the use of the word which means “baby goats” when he should have used “children” slide.


10 posted on 06/08/2013 7:08:59 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: sergeantdave

...but at least using proper grammar.


11 posted on 06/08/2013 7:09:15 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi; Tax-chick
Mayor Bloomberg to Kids: Learn to ‘Speak Grammar’ or You Won’t Succeed

Larn yur grammar gudly or you could grow up to be a leftist tyrant busybody!

12 posted on 06/08/2013 7:09:16 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

If Weiner wins the mayoral race, can we call him a dangling participle?


13 posted on 06/08/2013 7:10:10 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun

Rectum, hell, damn near killed him!


14 posted on 06/08/2013 7:11:29 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
Learn to speak and more importantly learn to worship freedom. For example don't focus on banning soda, smoking, eating while at the same time fanatically promoting bicycle riding to kids because then people will know that you're a power hungry despot who doesn't give a rats ass about the publics health.

For example this.>>> which I see almost everyday in the news about NYC....

Bicyclist dead after being struck by taxis

15 posted on 06/08/2013 7:11:42 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Judy Holiday in “Born Yesterday” reminded of I am.


16 posted on 06/08/2013 7:12:42 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

What an Idiot.


17 posted on 06/08/2013 7:13:21 PM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: combat_boots

When we listed an ad for a position in our Hollywood company, we got hundreds of applications. Unfortunately, 80% of it was ‘text’ language and most of these grads do not have a professional command of the English language. It pissed us off to no extent.

The good part was that we discovered a few gems from applicants from small schools in middle America I’ve never even heard of.


18 posted on 06/08/2013 7:17:19 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: max americana
It pissed us off to no extent.

None at all?

19 posted on 06/08/2013 7:19:19 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Re bicyclist dead:
one less.


20 posted on 06/08/2013 7:21:58 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: newheart
However, you could become mayor of NYC. Apparently, proper grammar is no prerequisite.

Compared to some other big city mayors, Bloomberg is an English scholar... faint praise, I understand.

But the man does have a good point. I run into far to many young people today with very limited communication skills. I'm an old guy I admit, but poor grammar was simply not acceptable when I was in school. Back in the neighborhood, you could revert to the local norm if necessary, but in school, only standard American English was acceptable. We all learned it and prospered.

21 posted on 06/08/2013 7:23:07 PM PDT by Ditto
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To: newheart

To become mayor of NYC you have to have a command of the English language or, alternatively, you can have made billions of dollars. In the latter case, you don’t gotta speak no good English.


22 posted on 06/08/2013 7:23:12 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

“Grammar”? That’s the lady married to Granpar.


23 posted on 06/08/2013 7:26:59 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Bloomin’berg is the Mayor of syntax .... “syns” like soft drinks that are too large, etc.


24 posted on 06/08/2013 7:33:52 PM PDT by mikrofon (NY Bump)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

25 posted on 06/08/2013 7:41:28 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
The Mayor of America should not ask his subjects to use proper grammar. He must order them to with sever criminal penalties if they refuse.

Mix the usage of good and well? $1000 fine.

Use texting shorthand? Get a short term in prison.

Dare to split infinitives? The police are authorized to split your head open with their batons.

And if you don't get the gender of pronouns used for transsexuals correct... well, you don't even want to think of what Burgermeister Meisterbloomberg will do to you.

26 posted on 06/08/2013 7:45:43 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Yeah, learn to say “Seig HEIL BloombergerFuherer”!!!

NEIN guns!!!! Nein large sodas!!! NEIN formula milk!!!!
NEIN salt in the French Fries!!!

This pipsqueak clown is living proof that somebody with a big ego and an maniacal mind can make it big in America.


27 posted on 06/08/2013 7:55:29 PM PDT by ZULU ((See: http://gatesofvienna.net/))
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To: goodwithagun

You can call him anything you like. He has no shame.

But his wife- she’s the one you need to worry about


28 posted on 06/08/2013 8:11:24 PM PDT by stanne
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Bloomberg may be a totalitarian, but I’ll go out on a limb and suggest that BloomBERG is not a Nazi.

So? He’s a collaborator. There are always collaborators.


29 posted on 06/08/2013 8:25:17 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: kabumpo
Tell me about it. I drove a taxi on and off in NYC since 1981 (I quit for good 2 years ago but who knows) The best (or worst) I ever seen was about 8 years ago on Queens blvd when one of these Lance Armstrong clones wearing the tight spandex and the fashionable head gear decided he had the right of way over a truck and decided to cut him off then give him the finger (which they did to me while I was driving about a billion times).

Only problem was the truck didn't see him and you know the rest. It's amazing how much the human body twitches after it's dead. And this was right by Elmhurst hospital in which someone suggested I take what was left of him in my taxi to the emergency room. When I inquired by what method we should retrieve his brains the subject was dropped.

And the thing is, this happens every-single-day under Bloomberg

Even happened to one of his pals Alan Dershowitz. You think that would end his fanatical promo of bicycles? Hellllll no! It's soda and smoking and eating trans-fats which is the killers not riding a bike in between multi-ton hunks of metal going 60 mph.

Look at this: He rips the DA but not Bloomberg. Now *that* is some major ass kissing.

Alan Dershowitz rips Manhattan DA over sister-in-law's bike death: They're stonewalling us!

30 posted on 06/08/2013 8:29:21 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
“Kids have to learn to speak grammar,” said the mayor, in response to a caller who suggested kids weren’t being taught the subject in schools.

Sounds like the Bloomin'Idiot could use some remedial work himself.

"Speak Grammar?"
WTF*?

I assume he meant "Speak Gramatically."

* Win The Future.

31 posted on 06/08/2013 8:32:17 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
Bloomingidiot is SO clueless ...

We speak ENGLIH ... not grammer.

32 posted on 06/08/2013 8:48:54 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I can't prove it, but they're true)
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To: knarf; All

We speak ENGLISH ... not grammer


33 posted on 06/08/2013 8:50:38 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I can't prove it, but they're true)
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To: newheart
THIS is the piece of steaming excrement who is PROUD of NYC being a "sanctuary city" and who impedes the arrest/deportation of illegal aliens. Heck they even have high schools devoted to Hispanic, Chinese, etc. "immigrants". The halls in these high schools are festooned with posters such as "Columbus didn't discover America...he INVADED America" and other such rah-rah-America stuff (not!). Other posters demand immigration rights and a halt to stop and frisk.

What a nerve then, to complain about improper grammar use by NYers. They don't even speak ENGLISH, fool!

34 posted on 06/08/2013 9:01:02 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: max americana

My family has a scholarship that goes out every year. We require applicants to submit an essay. Good command of the English language -> free money.


35 posted on 06/08/2013 9:44:43 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: Still Thinking

LOL!


36 posted on 06/09/2013 5:38:28 AM PDT by Tax-chick (More open defiance is needed.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Thank you for contributing your first hand experience, fellow NYer.


37 posted on 06/09/2013 5:45:36 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks NotYourAverageDhimmi.
"If you don’t speak good grammar–English with good grammar–you’re not gonna get the kind of jobs that you want. You can make an argument that it shouldn’t be the case, it’s not fair, whatever, [but] people judge each other by how well-spoken they are. And if there’s a lot of jargon, and if you can’t–double negatives and things like that–they hurt your career prospects.”
Damn, he's articulate.

Naturally, the coverage will put the (R) behind his name.


38 posted on 06/09/2013 7:12:58 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi; Revolting cat!

My grammar could speak english and polish.


39 posted on 06/09/2013 10:11:20 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: SunkenCiv
Naturally, the coverage will put the (R) behind his name.

There is an (I) behind his name, not an (R.)

40 posted on 06/09/2013 10:53:07 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

Y’think that will stop ‘em?


41 posted on 06/09/2013 7:21:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I don’t give a rat’s rear end if it does or doesn’t - it just needs to be said - and I wish FReepers would remember he was a life long D and only went with the R because even he knew he couldn’t buy his way through the D primary that year, so he bought the R slot on the ballot.

Don’t forget, 9/11/0 was primary day in NYC - Guilaini stopped it and they changed the date, so Bloomin’idiot had enough time to buy enough face time supporting Rudy to win in November.


42 posted on 06/09/2013 7:56:34 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: JCBreckenridge

Good for you. When I took one year at BCIT, I didn’t apply for a student loan. I took odd jobs such as pizza driver dude for one of the pizza stores on Commercial, driver for Madame Cleo’s..umm, forget I said that.


43 posted on 06/09/2013 10:06:19 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: max americana

Not really anything to do with me - my mom wanted to do something for my father. So, we decided he would love a memorial scholarship.

Hehe, I did the same when I worked. Treeplanting was the best though! I made 150 dollars a day, for about 2.5 months planting. We had 70 days of work, so I actually made money in first year.

Pizza delivery was ok. Much easier, but I only made about 100 bucks a day. Working the entire summer got me about 8500 bucks, so I was bleeding about 1.5k a year for school :(

Made enough to pay for 3 years in 3 years, but after that I was out of money. Took me a long time to save up enough to finish off the degree. Took 3 years of saving to finish up that last year. :(


44 posted on 06/10/2013 1:34:31 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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