Genius Bloomberg: “Kids have to learn to speak grammar”

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 at 10:51 am

On what planet do people speak grammar?

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.”

If a Republican recommended they speak English they’d be called racist. Especially this:

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.

Does anyone speak jive any more?

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3 Responses to “Genius Bloomberg: “Kids have to learn to speak grammar””

  1. Blue Hen on 10/10/13 at 11:32 am

    Every so often, we hear glimmers of the truth from the beautiful people. They like the advantages of responsibility, a work ethic, and the ability to communicate effectively. They also want to use such standards as weapons; demonizing those who call for these same things, but with whom they disagree.

  2. lyle on 10/10/13 at 12:22 pm

    That Airplane! clip is priceless. I remember damn near crying in laughter the first time I saw it.

  3. Redwine on 11/11/13 at 4:24 am

    BTW – Nanny’s grammar is horrible. One speaks “grammatically,” not “grammar.” Additionally, one speaks “well,” not “good.” And, he’s the millionaire? Gimme a break!