Windows is Shutting Down
by Clive James
Windows is shutting down, and grammar are
On their last leg. So what am we to do?
A letter of complaint go just so far,
Proving the only one in step are you.
Better, perhaps, to simply let it goes.
A sentence have to be screwed pretty bad
Before they gets to where you doesnt knows
The meaning what it must be meant to had.
The meteor have hit. Extinction spread,
But evolution do not stop for that.
A mutant languages rise from the dead
And all them rules is suddenly old hat.
Too bad for we, us what has had so long
The best seat from the only game in town.
But there it am, and whom can say its wrong?
Those are the break. Windows is shutting down.
"Windows Is Shutting Down" by Clive James from Opal Sunset: Selected poems, 1958-2008. © W.W. Norton & Company, 2008.
I'm pretty attune to grammar mistakes, and the Windows phrase never appeared on my radar. Windows has been around as long as I have (well, it was announced 2 months before I was born, and version 1.0 was promised to be released 4 months after I was born. In typical Microsoft fashion, it wasn't released until I was almost 2.) so the phrase didn't register. "Windows" has always in a singular, proper noun in my experience.
As a programmer, I'm a stickler for proper, clear grammar in error messages and other user prompts. My coworkers laugh at me.