The Vanishing Verb


| September 10, 2001

The Vanishing Verb, Terence Smith, Online NewsHour
Is America losing its verbs? Terence Smith, writing for the PBS' Online NewsHour, suggests we may be. Using actual quotes and commentary from leading television news anchors, Smith argues that our 'warp speed' society is gradually paring down even our language. As Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith puts it, 'We're telling more stories in our hour than any national newscast in the history of this business, I think. We're darn close to it if we're not, and sometimes verbs just get in the way.'
--Al Paulson
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