Monday, September 03, 2007

Addendum

Johnny

I'm not lobbying to ban colloquialisms and slang words. I'm not jumping on the same kind of bandwaggon as the French by banning all words English. It's just that our country will have some version of apartheid. We will be separated even more so than now because of language. Just like in places in China or India where there are scores of different dialects and no one understands the other. Each little village with their own language. Is that what Americans want? That's not good if it is. It's bad that our senior citizens aren't understanding the boy behind the counter at the Mickey Dee's. I heard a senior struggling with his version of English a couple years ago. Our senior citizens don't understand what's going on on a MTV special or Pimp my ride . All my friend's mother kept saying was....I don't get it. What's he saying? while watching t.v. with her daughter. (The lady wasn't hard of hearing either) Slang is replacing English as we knew it. More and more I'm hearing people talk lazily as well, and it's being accepted.

I'm gonna go get my hair did.

I took my baby his bath.

Why you not be listening?

How come you always gotta be so late?

Wow, you be styling wit them threads?

And I'm gonna pimp my ride.
My peers don't even get that one.
But like I said before, the slang terms aren't what bothers me. It's the use of double negatives and improper English. Not the slang. I guess I got use to it. I just feel sorry for the old senior citizens who don't have a clue. There are people over 40 who don't have a clue as to what twenty somethings are saying. It's gotten ridiculous. Furthermore, when I'm 68, I will want to understand the nurse who is giving me instructions for pre or post surgery. Or my pharmacist on how to use my medication.
Just watch the movie Burning Down the House with Steve Martin and Queen Latifa for a prime example of what I'm saying.


2 comments:

Vjeko said...

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Deb said...

A pet peeve of mine is how the simple word "the" with emphasis on E has morphed to be "th-uh" (rhymes with "duh").