Don Bauder 6:30 p.m., Sept. 16
Memo to Fred Sainz: Clean Up Your Language -- But First Learn How To Spell
In the now-infamous email of September 7, 2007, mayoral flack Fred Sainz sent some naughty words to his close associate, Union-Tribune editorial writer Bob Kittle. Here are some of the words that Sainz put in the email to Kittle: "bullst," "hell," "hell-bent," "fks," "fking," "fk." Sainz shouldn't have put them in an email; maybe even he understands that now. My mother was an English teacher from a Victorian family of school teachers and poets. She married a stockbroker who used salty language, to put it euphemistically. So the family compromised: earthy language was OK, as long as the grammar was correct. In that context, Sainz's letter offends me. He uses the spelling "farsical." Ugh! It's "farcical." He uses the spelling "hair-brained." Double ugh! It's "harebrained." I will forgive him "elelected." It's a typo. Tsk, tsk.