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"This network of tunnels were designed ..."

This abomination was uttered by Stephen Johnson, a professional writer, highly intelligent and well educated, in the course of a prepared speech.  Somehow it got by his editors.  Indeed, it may have been an editor who forced him to say it, against his better judgment.

What is wrong with it?  In case anyone doesn't see it, the verb must agree with the subject.   The subject is "network", not "tunnels";  "tunnels" occurs in a prepositional phrase that modifies the subject.

I learned to describe sentence structure in such terms in school, but I don't need that to perceive the above sentence as wrong.  I learned correct English at my mother's knee.  But hardly anyone speaks English any more.
This phrase is perhaps best known for its occurrence in the New Testament.   But suddenly it seems everyone is using it, and as usual many are misusing it.  One stock-market "analyst" used it two or three times in the course of one interview;  most such people would have said "in the long term" until now.   It strikes me as extremely pretentious.
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Automation makes our lives easier and safer, but it also makes us dumb. Pilots are lulled into complacency as autopilot gets passengers to their location safely, doctors rely on streamlined, computerized processes to diagnose patients and drivers prefer looking at their GPS instead of street signs.

Not a new thought.   A passage in some science fiction story by Robert Heinlein made the point that the better technology gets, the more things we can forget how to do. (Incidentally, that has been true for thousands of years; technology is not just digital electronics.)

A possible antidote to the process is to become and stay involved in the development of software.   Maybe that's too much to ask of a lot of people;  it could be argued that Microsoft's software became popular largely because it made it possible for a lot of people to use computers without actually learning anything about software.   In that sense it has done us all a vast disservice, though some of us have resisted the temptation.

On the other hand a major ambition of mine is to make computer programming obsolete as a handicraft, so I am -- or will be if I succeed -- as bad as anyone.
A slangy colloquialism, sometimes annoying, but very useful.   Must say, I don't know of a better way to convey the meaning.

I am often surprised, sometimes annoyed, to find that people think I mean more than what I say.   They think I've made a joke, or insulted them, or whatever, because they read into my words something more than what I said.   I suppose that's just how people are.

The other side of that coin is that people often expect me to understand more than what they said.   That I don't is, I suppose, one of the things that make me different from most people.   There's nothing I can do about it.
There is today a very widespread idiom, or slang construct, in which one says, "I'm like ...," or "He's like ...,"  or "He goes ..." followed by a more or less theatrical reenactment of one's own, or someone else's response to some information or event.   This instead of saying, "I said X," or, "I thought X,"  "I was surprised,"  etc.

Twenty or thirty years ago, such expressions were seldom heard, and forty or more years ago, they were never heard at all.   Since I perceive it as something novel and abnormal, and a loss of expressiveness in ordinary speech, and especially writing,  I am constantly and severely annoyed by it.

For a long time I've wondered how on Earth people got started saying such things.   I guessed it might have been promulgated by some very popular movie star or other entertainer, but who it might have been, I couldn't guess.

Now I'm wondering whether it could have been Robin Williams.    By now I've had an opportunity to hear some extended examples of his speech.   Instead of just engaging in ordinary conversation, he constantly interrupts himself with little skits, parodies, impressions etc.  For many examples, see   These outbursts are highly entertaining, and nobody else I know of does them nearly so well.   Perhaps they inspired imitation?

  

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"This network of tunnels were designed ..."

This abomination was uttered by Stephen Johnson, a professional writer, highly intelligent and well educated, in the course of a prepared speech.  Somehow it got by his editors.  Indeed, it may have been an editor who forced him to say it, against his better judgment.

What is wrong with it?  In case anyone doesn't see it, the verb must agree with the subject.   The subject is "network", not "tunnels";  "tunnels" occurs in a prepositional phrase that modifies the subject.

I learned to describe sentence structure in such terms in school, but I don't need that to perceive the above sentence as wrong.  I learned correct English at my mother's knee.  But hardly anyone speaks English any more.

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Do you think that this illustration about procrastination is correct? :D
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golem1 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
LOL this late reply is not an instance of procrastination. Really.  I just don't often read my front page, I usually go straight to the Messages menu.

I don't understand the illustration, maybe because part of it is cut off.

The mechanism of procrastination in my case is usually the "But first --" ploy.   I set out to do what I know is important, but first there is this other little thing, which ends up taking all the time I have to spare that day.    It may go several levels deep, thus:      X1 butfirst(X2 butfirst(X3 butfirst(X4 butfirst( ... ))))
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