George Ade

(1866-1944 / the United States)

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The La Grippe

I am not hypercritical on points of punctuation;
A misplaced comma now and then is surely not a sin;

I overlook the sundry breaks of common conversation
And do my wincing inwardly when some ' I seen ' creeps in.
To wretched double negatives some friends are quite addicted;
They knife the good King's English and then revel in its gore;
These crude idiosyncrasies are never contradicted,
For I would not seem pedantic or appear a learned bore.

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