Bad Language

old time reference
old time reference

I’ve been noticing quirks in my use of the English language lately.(Oooh, reaalllly?) In writing, I’ve been reproducing blips of thought and expressions that don’t really have a place in any dictionary. Other people do it, too. :-0 We all tend to run through word fads. Even the Online Slang Dictionary can’t keep up with us.

Tweeting has its own shorthand. The texting world accommodates finger agility in trying to express human ideas. 🙂 😛 It seems to me a bottomless pit of possibilities. Once I understand the new stuff, it will all change and I will have to understand a new bunch of stuff all over again. Bad idea?

At one time, I had the veeeerrrry distinct and unusual privilege of attempting to teach English to college students in Ukraine. They were interesting, smart and captivating. They already knew English quite well. But they had been taught according to an almost antique English Grammar rulebook that had been used throughout the Soviet Union. The publishers’ purpose, to my thinking, should have been suspect, but to the students, a rule book is a rule book and you don’t break rules. I spent several weeks laughingly trying to explain that McDonald’s choice of the commercial words “I’m lovin’ it!” reflected a current flare in American English and was perfectly acceptable. To them, the phrase was unacceptable as everyone knew it broke the rules of correct English language usage. When I answered the students’ responses by stating, “Soooo, you’re hatin’ it?”, they didn’t laugh.

Aaaannnnywaaay, I would like to take this moment to congratulate American English speakers, and writers, for their fluid, changeable, honest rendition of the language. It may not be elegant. It may break more rules that any language should have. It may take a bitta gettin’ used to. But, ain’t that a cryin’ shame.

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5 thoughts on “Bad Language

  1. I have teenagers who throw the gauntlet every day “Mom, try and keep up…” So I do. With my blog I try to write visually and audibly – as if my readers could see my expressions and hear the inflections in my voice. Sometimes that involves breaking grammar rules, using text or Facebook friendly icons, and deliberately misspelling things or using all CAPS. I want people to recognize my sarcasm, my joy and excitement, my indignation when they see it. I realize it won’t get me published, but I think it helps create and maintain my authentic voice -plus it can be fun, and funny. Life’s too short to be taken seriously all the time. ;). Great post, I liked it a wicked lot!!

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    1. Say what you will about young people’s language skills, they are definitely keeping up the American tradition of change at a rapid pace. Good for you in trying to keep up. I don’t often admit this, but I’ve never tweeted and have no plans to. Keep on havin’ fun with language – I love what you write!

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      1. Thanks! I enjoy reading your posts and thoughts too! I started tweeting and facebooking more or less as a way to stay current with what my kids were doing. (they couldn’t have facebook or twitter unless I was friended or followed) but I’ve found both media a pretty awesome way to make new friends and stay connected with old ones. – as well as keeping a weather eye on the girls (which I still do,whether they like it or not) Then of course theres the blogging. For me, I only wish I had more time to devote to it. I love writing.

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