King students urged to preserve the power of English

King College students were urged Monday to treasure and protect the English language, during an opening convocation lecture by a California-based professor and writer. Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, a poet, author and English professor at Westmont College in Montecito, Calif., said the beauty and value of English has become lost in current American culture, which, she said, increasingly rewards people, groups and others who cheapen the meaning of words and skillfully twist them for their purposes. “We’ve come to tolerate the dumbing down of our public discourse with little complaint,” McEntyre told some 200 King students, administrators and faculty members during her campus appearance, which marked the start of the college’s 2010-11 school term. more

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