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To wonder why people are still so woefully misinformed?

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Lucia39 Sun 14-Jun-09 16:01:26

We now have access to more information than any previous generation. An entire reference library is available at the click of a mouse, public libraries were still free last time I checked, and general reference books are readily available and comparatively cheap.

Why then is the apparent standard of general knowledge and informed opinion amongst many people in Britain [especially the younger generations] so abysmal?

cornsilk Sun 14-Jun-09 16:02:16

For example....?

cookielove Sun 14-Jun-09 16:02:45

yes please do tell?

Lucia39 Sun 14-Jun-09 16:08:35

"Reader, if you seek a monument, look around you!"

Trikken Sun 14-Jun-09 16:09:30

I didnt realise it was. Have you an example to back up this claim?

LackaDAISYcal Sun 14-Jun-09 16:11:21


PortBlacksandResident Sun 14-Jun-09 16:11:49

Oooh ooh that's a parody of Sir Christopher Wren's 'monument' in St Paul Cathedral.

Does that make me clever?

cornsilk Sun 14-Jun-09 16:12:12

That explains everything. I agree totally. hmm

PortBlacksandResident Sun 14-Jun-09 16:14:18

It is cool to be thick and uninformed and never to have read a book among SOME young people.

Of course those same youngsters could secretly be hiding 'an apocryphal history of the Popes St Peter - John Paul II' behind their copy of Nuts grin.

Goblinchild Sun 14-Jun-09 16:16:30

What's the profit in it?
Will it help you grab your 15 minutes of fame as a reality TV show contestant, or become a WAG?

Those who have a wide general knowledge and an enthusiasm for learning new things tend to flourish in an environment that encourages it.
Otherwise the level of ridicule, disbelief and 'Wot yew goin on about?' tends to squash it out of them.
Hard to keep going with little or no support.

Lucia39 Sun 14-Jun-09 16:17:05

It's not a "parody" it's a paraphrase! You appear to be providing evidence to prove my point! smile

cornsilk Sun 14-Jun-09 16:19:25

How rude.

Goblinchild Sun 14-Jun-09 16:19:47

Sir Christopher Wren's epitaph at St Paul's reads "Lector, si monumentum requiris, circumspice"

Did you misquote intentionally, or did you half-remember it and are attempting an intellectual fudging exercise?

Trikken Sun 14-Jun-09 16:19:58

does it really matter that it a paraphrase not a parody?

BoysAreLikeDogs Sun 14-Jun-09 16:20:15

Lucia either tell us the point you are labouring or bugger orf, please

playftseforme Sun 14-Jun-09 16:20:18

hmm unpleasant

cookielove Sun 14-Jun-09 16:21:08

this seems rather pointless hmm

Trikken Sun 14-Jun-09 16:21:24

Well said Boysarelikedogs

nickytwotimes Sun 14-Jun-09 16:23:49

I wonder why some people like to make obscure, self-righteous comments on internet forums. Perhaps in an effort to make themselves look clever, Lucia?

Trikken Sun 14-Jun-09 16:24:53

It doesnt make you look clever, just snobby

nickytwotimes Sun 14-Jun-09 16:26:01

(that was directed at Lucia, btw!)

PortBlacksandResident Sun 14-Jun-09 16:26:26

A paraphrase can also be a parody.

So nerr <sticks tongue out>


Goblinchild Sun 14-Jun-09 16:27:55

Except when you just get your quote wrong.
Then it's a mistake.

Quattrocento Sun 14-Jun-09 16:29:11

I think she's saying we're all uneducated. I'm not sure how the dodgy translation helps to prove that point, of course. I was always taught that quotations needed to be apposite. Perhaps I haven't had enough education to help me make the connection?

nickytwotimes Sun 14-Jun-09 16:29:26

<stands behind Goblinchild>

Yeah, Lucia, and you can't even speak latin! Ha! How smart are you now?

<Hides "I know no latin" badge under cardi>

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