This may fall under the department heading of "beating a dead horse to death," but I think it's way too sad to pass up. Meg, in a comment to the last post Britney & Paris Einstein, found this incredible piece of tape for us.
Diction: the clarity with which somebody pronounces words when speaking or singing. Thank goodness for the subtitles because Miss S.C. Teen never learned to speak any variation of the English language. The questioner is marginally better; her question is, "Recent polls have shown that some Americans cannot locate the U.S. on a world map. Why do you think this is?"
It's a damn good thing they didn't ask this girl a difficult question like "What is your zip code?" or "Do you want to super-size that?"
Savannah, in another comment from the last post, said:
". . . [T]hese 'pageants' are not about pretty girls who happen to be smart and wanting to win scholarships - they are celebrations of the superficial and transitory."
Superficial and transitory is exactly right, but how many of our fellow Amer'cans would watch a contest of intelligent girls and women?
(Regular programming will return to this blog in a day or two—I've had enough of clueless bimbos with Valley Girl Syndrome.)