Geek Talk

Recently I published a piece about Criminal Minds. It happens to be one of my favorite shows. The plots are interesting and full of suspense and the acting is excellent. But there is something terribly wrong and I don’t know if it’s the actors or the writers who are the guilty ones. The characters are supposed to be clever and bright, yet their dialog portrays them as  illiterate at times.

Penelope Garcia, brilliantly played by Kirsten Vangsness, is the ultimate geek, able to use her genius and high-tech gear to accomplish anything, literally. Nevertheless,  that intelligence does not carry over to her use of language. You may fast forward to minute 28 on the latest episode to hear her total lack of understanding of personal pronouns. She said “Her and (name-1) did this.” In the next sentence she said  “Her and (name-2) did that.”

Is the actor following the script? If so, why did the writers use bad grammar? Is that the way geeks speak? Perhaps there are only a few of us left who know how to use personal pronouns correctly.


About stanleygraphics

I am a veteran graphic designer who started at the time when cut and paste meant an X-acto knife and rubber cement. I use my experience to educate others. I have an intolerance for ignorance and stupidity.
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