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A little ‘edikation’ can be dangerous

Published:Monday | December 9, 2019 | 12:12 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

Jamaica is already a backward nation.

We do not need persons like Nadine McLeod – in her column ‘Use radio to develop the J’can language and vice versa’, published in The Gleaner on Saturday, December 7, 2019 – encouraging our worst tendencies by giving us reasons not to learn and use standard English.

Patois is corrupted English suitable only for semi-literates. It does not merely ‘borrow’ words from the English language. It depends on the English language for nearly everything it tries to say. So it is pure rubbish to talk about a Jamaican language.

Use of Creole, with rare exceptions, prevents most Jamaicans from achieving mastery of standard English. Intellects can deny this until they turn purple, but facts are facts.

Feeble-minded people have somehow convinced themselves that they can only be authentically Jamaican if they talk like uneducated slaves. These are some of the same people who continue to eat unhealthy ‘slave food’ even when they could afford to do better.

A little ‘edikation’ can be a dangerous thing.

CHAD CHEN