Recently, I was charged with some self-studying by my supervisor. This was regarding one of our services and we were due to have a discussion after we both had read up on the topic. So here I am, I click on the link he sent me and I get directed to what looks like a well-designed blog post. The title is bold and clear, the layout is pleasing if not, quite standard – I am looking forward to this education, as I am sure you can understand. Not even 20 seconds after landing on the page and taking in the aesthetics, my excitement immediately turns into a vulgar bitterness in my mouth as I realised the extent to which this author has butchered the English language.
I assure you that this is not a melodramatic moment of hysteria, I gave this blog post every chance I possibly could. Yet, in nearly every sentence I found a word or two that I had to reread multiple times and attempt to decipher its meaning. It is truly a disenchanting experience to have to rely on your own comprehension of the language, the letters used, and the context of the sentence in order to understand what is being said. It makes me wonder if some self-proclaimed bloggers just occasionally slam their skulls into their keyboards every handful of words.
Joking aside, language is something that is taken for granted on a daily basis, with people seemingly growing more content with not just communicating with each other with increasingly idiotic shorthand, to some of the nations most respected and vital media outlets publishing simple spelling errors. This simply can not be allowed to happen, people. Anyone who has picked up a book at any point in their life and found themselves getting immersed in the story, felt the goosebumps make your skin crawl or feeling your pulse racing as your favourite character narrowly escapes a threat – this is the power of language, to convey so easily, something as difficult and complex to convey as an emotion.
For a long time I was under the assumption that blog authors made ‘mistakes’ on purpose, so as to discourage anyone from directly plagiarising their ideas, because it would be too much work to correct all the mistakes. Yet, the more blogs I peruse, the more I am forced to realise that there is a growing acceptance of a lower standard of language. If one had to look at where society today places value, compared to where society in the past placed value – one would be forced to conclude that there has most certainly been a shift toward the superficial. Idiotic shorthand has become the language of the day with everyone from children to 35 year old adults using the term “Lit” to describe something – an item of clothing, a personal experience etc.
In conclusion, I am in no way stating that society today has no values whatsoever, nor am I stating that society in the past has not chosen to place value in concepts that society in their past did not – It most certainly happened. In a personal capacity, I just can not understand how people can stand by and have their very means of communication – the thing that separates us from animals, butchered on an ongoing basis. I, for one, find it motivational to stay clear of these movements and choose to uphold the sanctity of language that we have been gifted, and so, choose to pollute.
How do you feel about language today?
How do you choose to communicate?
Which of the modern terms (E.g. “Lit”) do you like or dislike?
Let us know in the comments.