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What Have We Done

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LindsayP
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        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
© Copyright 2008 Lindsay P Wilson - All Rights Reserved
Joyce Johnson
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1 posted 04-22-2008 10:10 PM       View Profile for Joyce Johnson   Email Joyce Johnson   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Joyce Johnson

Very good.  I hope we get back to good English some day.  My mother did not allow us to use slang at all and we survived.  Joyce
shyvl
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2 posted 04-22-2008 10:50 PM       View Profile for shyvl   Email shyvl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for shyvl

Aahhhhhhhhhhh! for the good old days of the OED.  These days the language changes faster that my sheets.  I just struggle to keep up.
sharyn
Larrysmom
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3 posted 04-22-2008 10:58 PM       View Profile for Larrysmom   Email Larrysmom   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Larrysmom's Home Page   View IP for Larrysmom

Oh I love this Mr. Lindsay… Excellent!

Tammy<333
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4 posted 04-23-2008 12:17 AM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

My dear Aussie Man, I do so know what you mean!

That poem was really "bad" ~ which nowadays means really "good"! lol

I enjoyed the read ~ and your sense of humour!

Love & a big smile,
Linda
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5 posted 04-23-2008 02:18 PM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness

I think we're getting pretty old, Lindsey
when we can remember the original meaning of so many words. Sometimes you have to be careful what you say to some people these days or all you get from them is a blank stare. Enjoyed your words.
                             Ida
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6 posted 04-23-2008 02:48 PM       View Profile for gilead   Email gilead   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for gilead

Long live the patient and diligent lexicographers! For without them, in the distant future, the earth's inhabitants will think this generation tried to repeat the tale of the ancient Tower of Babel! This is a great poem, crafted from time well spent by a "thinking" mind!

Regards,

Art
Artic Wind
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7 posted 04-23-2008 04:44 PM       View Profile for Artic Wind   Email Artic Wind   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Artic Wind

I Enjoyed the Write Lindsay!

ARCTIC WIND
Seoulair
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8 posted 04-23-2008 05:10 PM       View Profile for Seoulair   Email Seoulair   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seoulair

Very very good. truth in humorous poem. Love the read.

have u c those nu typing 2?
I don't think that this trend is good.
Sunshine
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9 posted 04-23-2008 05:10 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

quote:
And a big Mac was a raincoat, oversized.


I was smiling all the way until this...
and then I was outright laughing.

Such a truth in all of this, thanks for the smiles, Lindsay!


Robert E. Jordan
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10 posted 04-23-2008 05:27 PM       View Profile for Robert E. Jordan   Email Robert E. Jordan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Robert E. Jordan

LindsayP,

The English Language has been constantly evolving, and expanding for centuries, and will continue to do so.  It is the dominate language in the world.

Check out “The Compact Oxford English Dictionary”, it’s a gem.  It comes with an excellent little magnifying glass.

Bobby
LindsayP
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11 posted 04-23-2008 11:08 PM       View Profile for LindsayP   Email LindsayP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LindsayP


Dear Joyce, Tammy and Sharon, it sounds like you were raised in the days when English was English, I'm so glad you liked it. many thanks.
LindsayP
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12 posted 04-23-2008 11:17 PM       View Profile for LindsayP   Email LindsayP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LindsayP


Dear Linda, Ida and Art, your're response to my poems is always a great pleasure to read and I sicerely thank you all. Have a great day and may the sun shine upon you always.
LindsayP
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13 posted 04-23-2008 11:32 PM       View Profile for LindsayP   Email LindsayP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LindsayP


To my very good friends Arctic Wind, Seoulair, Sunshine and Bobby. I appreiate your kind response far more than you realise, it's what keeps us writing, take care and may God bless you all.
Earl Brinkman
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14 posted 11-30-2010 09:08 PM       View Profile for Earl Brinkman   Email Earl Brinkman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Earl Brinkman

I believe that languages live and evolve to adapt to the circumstances of the times.  Once a language ceases to grow it is dead and unspoken.
 
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