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March 27th, 2013
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“Eve’s story is more rare than it should be in Canada” -

Chris Sorenson, MacLean’s, March 25th, 2013.

There has been a spate of articles written recently, notably in Maclean’s, about the gap between required workplace skills and those regularly produced by our universities and colleges. MacLean’s went so far a few weeks ago as to identify what amounts to a lost generation of youth that will “never” be fully employed.

Colby Cosh, in the same March 25th edition, wonders why Canadian universities still produce thousands of journalism graduates every year when the number of actual paying journalism jobs is dwindling. Colby is too polite to nod at his colleague Mr. Sorenson who, despite an informative article, perpetrates what is now one of the classic Stupidisms of the age – the “disappearing E-R”. That is the replacement of suffix “E-R”, as in “larger”, with the adjective “more” – as in “more large”.

Or perhaps Sorenson is unwittingly contradicting Colby by proving that maybe there are legitimate vacancies in paid journalism, or at least one at MacLean’s anyway. To be kind, perhaps this is just another result of slashed budgets in publishing (and education?), rampant Stupidism. Take your pick.

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By John Weissenberger