Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Each day that I live and have contact with people I ask myself WHY? Why has the English language become what it is today.
Many years ago when I was in school our use of the language was closely monitored not only by our teachers but by parents. Ain't was a no-no as were other contractions.
In the 1930's when Roosevelt became president the nation was introduced to such things as CCC, WPA, and other short cuts for government programs. In the 40's and 50's we were introduced to the AFL, CIO, WWl, WWll, Uboat, and the like. As the population grew, and immigration became an issue, most food labels were written in both English and Spanish, as were directions for putting childrens toys together.
In the first near east war we were intoduced to "nukes" - but we also, in this day and age, "nuke" our food. In the dictionary "Prim" means a person with proper manners, or staid of dress, however, many of you collect "prims." When I read your blogs it makes me wonder how many people you have collected and installed in your home. The kitchen must get awfully crowded in the morning!
Now we find ourselves in the computer age. We have introduced ourselves to LOL. OMG, U, R, >3, -), -( and more symbols than I can create here. Seems to me that we are back to the Indian and Egyptian hyrogliphs system. WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE?
Each morning when I surf the blogs it gives me the greatest pleasure to read the blog "From the House of Edward." What a treat to read the beautiful language usage of Pamela Terry. If you have not read this blog, you are missing a wonderful experience.
The English language has a beautiful rythmn to it. What a shame to spoil it with symbols and so many shortcuts. I think it would serve us all well if we took the time to speak our language and to appreciate what we have.
Today's use of the language proves that "what goes around comes around."