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What Have We Done to Our Language

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0 posted 07-25-2008 09:34 PM       View Profile for LindsayP   Email LindsayP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for LindsayP

       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
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1 posted 07-25-2008 09:38 PM       View Profile for XGarapanX   Email XGarapanX   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit XGarapanX's Home Page   View IP for XGarapanX

Ha ha! What a clever and witty write, Sir Lindsay. Loved it!


Robert E. Jordan
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2 posted 07-25-2008 09:57 PM       View Profile for Robert E. Jordan   Email Robert E. Jordan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Robert E. Jordan

Yo LindsayP,

Nice poem.  However--

The English language has been changing for literally ages.  It is a work in progress, and thanks heavens, always has been.  Most likely, you would not be comfortable at all with true "Old English".

Ya dig me Daddy-O.

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3 posted 07-25-2008 11:59 PM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

That was bad ~ really bad! ~ Which nowadays means good ~ really good! ~ Go figure! lol

I always enjoy reading your thoughts!

Love to you, my Aussie friend!

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4 posted 07-26-2008 02:48 AM       View Profile for OwlSA   Email OwlSA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for OwlSA

Lindsay, I enjoyed your poem and its humour and sadness.  

However, whilst I, too, bemoan the rape of vocabulary and grammar, I must, nevertheless, agree most vociferously with Bobby.  

English is a living language, and as such, it has to grow, reflect the usage (be it good or bad) of the now, and commune with its users.  

Whilst I am empassioned by the little I learnt of classical Greek and Latin, they are dead languages and one of their beauties is that they are stalwart in their never-changing strength.  

Dead languages are beautiful Gardens of Eden, but living languages are exquisite pathways that lead from those gardens onwards to the destination of forever, picking flowers and weeds as they go.  Some of the flowers and weeds are discarded as time goes by, some remain for a while, some remain forever in essence, but mutate slowly.  A living language reflects human nature, with the good, the bad and the ugly.  Every age has its slang, and some of it very poetic and/or effective.  I believe that human nature doesn't improve or worsen, just different aspects do, but the balance is always the same.  And so, with a living language.  It is up to each one of us, to help pick the flowers of the language that we discover, and celebrate them and pass them on to everyone, and to discard the weeds.  At the same time, we need to give a living language its freedom, and lift our heads in awe, as we watch it fly.

- Owl
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5 posted 07-26-2008 07:01 AM       View Profile for Prasad Nataraj   Email Prasad Nataraj   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Prasad Nataraj's Home Page   View IP for Prasad Nataraj

Hi Lindsay, change is the only phenomenon that doesn’t change, everything else does. Enjoyed your poem. Prasad

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6 posted 07-26-2008 11:49 AM       View Profile for Artic Wind   Email Artic Wind   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Artic Wind

Interesting Write Lindsay!

I REALLY liked it

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7 posted 07-26-2008 02:27 PM       View Profile for Honeybunch   Email Honeybunch   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Honeybunch's Home Page   View IP for Honeybunch

Hi, Lindsay.  We ourselves may not have changed the language but somehow or other we end up using it.  In my country we are faced with changing pronunciation and when heard it hits like a bolt of lightening.  A simple word like arguement sounds like agreement.  There are many other words similarly changed so perhaps it's better to be happy with just changed meanings.  Enjoyed your look at the language!

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8 posted 07-26-2008 09:22 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Enjoyed...some changes for the better and some for the worse...James
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9 posted 07-26-2008 10:19 PM       View Profile for LindsayP   Email LindsayP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LindsayP

Dear friends of mine, Garapan, Bobby, Linda, Owl, Prasad, Michael, Helen and James, I can see by all your responses
that I will have to change my thinking
on my ideas on the english language.
Maybe it's a sign that I'm getting old,
and that's why I'm so pleased with your remarks for they will help me to move with the times and I must admit that I do use most of them myself. God bless you all.


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10 posted 01-26-2011 07:14 PM       View Profile for Earl Brinkman   Email Earl Brinkman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Earl Brinkman

I have heard that if Shakespeare could be brought forward to the present by a time machine he would have trouble understanding our conversations.  Languages evolve.  
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