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>Woman to man this evening, overheard as I’m jogging by: “Your English skills are deplorable.”

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. Anonymous says:

    >I’ll bite. Anonymously. I see the rudeness, but where’s the irony? Is there a usage error? My dictionary says: deplorable, adjective, deserving strong condemnation.

  2. Roger Sutton says:

    >Well, my point was that you probably wouldn’t use an SAT word like deplorable to tell someone his English wasn’t good.

  3. Anonymous says:

    >RS has missed her point. She isn’t misusing the word – she wants to hurt him by criticizing something which she knows he takes pride in: his usage.

  4. Roger Sutton says:

    >I think Anonymous has missed MY point and is reading more into this overheard exchange than we possibly can. (And so may I be.)

  5. first anonymous says:

    >Ah, I get it.

    Maybe his vocabulary is excellent even though his usage is deplorable?

    Let’s move on.

  6. Anonymous says:

    >I don’t think of “deplorable” as an SAT word. My kids would use it.

  7. >Dude, sign my kids up for whatever her kids are having.

    My kids would use it.

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