Stanley Cooper

Rookie - 20 Points (August 4th,1926 / New York City)

Linguistic Anguish - Poem by Stanley Cooper

I suffer so with linguistic anguish
At corruption of our English language
Spouting double negative pollution
Ascertains no positive conclusion

There ain’t no sense, I have to say
In speaking in this kind of way
I seem to find it most confounding
Why double negatives remain abounding

I kind of wonder, “like” what’s going on
When filler “likes” encroach upon
Each and every sentence spoken
Replacing thought, “like’s” just a token

“Like” ain’t no good, when not comparing
Or not expressing loving caring
When used as filler, why can’t they see
There ain’t no like-ability

Our culture thrives, I must convey
When ideas and thoughts don’t go astray
It ain’t no good to speak no good
To use poor english, you oughten should

by Stan Cooper…10/21/05

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 1, 2005

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