Wednesday, January 26, 2011
When Did We Lose Our Language?
"Seriously, dude," I laughed, "if you think I was leading you on you're a total moron."
Jane Austen wrote in the early 1800's, which, in the grand scheme of things, wasn't all that long ago, folks. Especially when you really internalize that the Colosseum was constructed 2,000 years ago and it still stands today.
So within the last 200 years, how did we manage to completely butcher our language? Why is there such a thing as ebonics? Why do we use slang? When did we start using contractions in effort to save time? Why did we let the romance of our speech slip away?
How have our manners gotten so lax? Not that long ago, people wouldn't dream of speaking to someone they had not been introduced to. While these days it's little awkward for a minute or two if your friend forgot to introduce you to someone new, but if they seem like someone you want to meet you'd likely put your hand out and say, "Hi, my name's _____," wouldn't you?
And so many people don't even know how to write anymore. Now that we have television and internet and "gamer" is an occupation, no one sits around penning thoughtful letters or practices their penmanship. Don't even get me started about texting; we hv a lv/ht reltnshp n sometimes i just wnt 2 throw my phone out th win n forget i ever hd 1.
While the modern half of my brain is thankful for "progress" (certainly not all of it positive change), there is a part of me that longs for a kinder and more respectful society (among other things that I might discuss tomorrow....).
Sigh. At least we have our movies.
Posted by Kristin Rae at Wednesday, January 26, 2011