What Have We Done to Our language
The English language is on a spiral downhill,
For many words now don’t mean the same,
Their use is different when we use them today
And we must all share some of the blame.
When I was young and you said something was cool,
It meant it was somewhere between hot and cold,
That is just one small demonstration we see,
As our English Language destruction unfold.
Often when folks say they’re going somewhere,
Perhaps to some place that they’d like to go too,
Instead of pronouncing the words with some care,
They’ll tell you what they are just gunna do.
In bygone days when someone said crumpet,
You immediately thought of syrup or honey,
The word is crudely used by youngsters today
And they all think that it’s really quite funny.
The term we once used as, ‘how we made out,’
Referred to how you went in your latest exam,
Rock music was a lullaby from old Granny’
And no distinguishable word such as spam.
A stud was something you used in your collar
And grass was mown but not smoked,
A joint was a roast you had on a Sunday
And pot was a utensil in which it was soaked.
When we used the term, ‘going all the way,’
It really meant staying on the bus till the end,
A gay person was the life of the party
And of fast food we could only pretend.
Aids was something enhancing our beauty
And time sharing meant togetherness,
Sheltered accommodation was the bus shelter
And meaningful relationship was friendship success.
Coke was something you kept in the woodshed
And a chip was wood cuttings not fries,
Nuts & bolts was what we called hardware
And a big Mac was a raincoat, oversized.
So you can see what we’ve done to our language, the terrible mess that we’ve made
But I don’t think it will ever get better,
It is just something we cannot evade.
Lindsay P Wilson