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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wondering About Our Language Degeneration

“May all good men hear the sound of my voice and respond to my pleas!” This first sentence was soon replaced with “Hey You” or just “Help”. Now it is “Ho”. It seems to me that our wonderful language, that can paint beautiful pictures, has degenerated to the point that a whole paragraph can be said in a word or two. So some of you may say this is progress. Yes, I suppose it is, but it is not as beautiful. I believe that our smart phones, tablets, etc. have contributed to the abbreviated language by the way people text and send messages. I had the texting part of my cell phone turned off. I didn’t want to receive a text and sure didn’t want to send one. If they want to communicate with me on a phone, they should talk! Now, I love email but I don’t use any of those texting abbreviations. In fact, I don’t know what most of them mean. I write my emails like I talk (maybe not the best grammar in the world and without a spell checker, usually miss-spelled) with full sentences and paragraphs. To do otherwise would be to show disrespect to the person I am communicating with.

Maybe I am old fashioned. Maybe I am just stuck in a rut. Maybe I ought to listen to “hip-hop” or “rap”. Hell No, I am who I am and change is not easy for me. No, I don’t write in the fancy old prose, but I do enjoy hearing it and reading it.

Well, got a rush job finished for my old favorite customer yesterday and have to go see the new customer again this morning. Hope I can get his project finished up soon. Like I said before, if I had known it would have taken so long (been two months now), I would have not taken on the project. Still have some things I have to take care of on the new RV before I can hit the road.

You all have a great day now, you hear?


  1. Hey!! I'm with you on this language thing 100%
    And hope you get that job from hell out the door soon , you got more fun things to be doing!!! :-)

    Speaking of the tree that you took out.
    Another blogger posted about a cut down tree. Tree Slab That not part of YOUR tree is it?

    Stay well.

  2. Schools are fixing to quit teaching cursive writing. Talking about it anyway. Heard that couple of weeks ago, can't believe that would happen.

  3. I agree with you. I don't text on my phone -it's just a phone, for talking.

  4. I agree with everything on this blog and comments today...1000%!!!

    Hate the shortcut versions of English, hate the texting, hate the idea of students not knowing how to write cursive!

    I can remember when they gave you grades on "penmanship!" I also remember when we actually had to look up words in the dictionary!

    Guess I'm just getting too old but at least I'm in good company!

  5. I'm with you 100% on this subject, DD. I love words and beautifully constructed sentences. And my favorite book has always been the dictionary. The print version of the big old dictionary contains much more than any online version. Technology is dumbing down our people in many ways, in my opinion, or maybe I should correct that to say "the use of technology. . ."

  6. en, I saw Jule’s slab and I believe it must be the same kind of tree. Dang thing was hard as a rock. Would have been good for woodworking.

    Trouble, can’t believe that no one will be able to write. Do you think that they will be able to print? What about signing their names?

    6bears, my eyes are only good at distance and I don’t want to have to hunt for a pair of glasses to read text on a small phone.

    Hermit, I remember the same things. We are better off for it, too.

    Gypsy, I still have a big dictionary that I use quite often. I prefer to read from a real book.