I have been knee deep in rumination these days, pondering the way the English language has adjusted in modern day times, albeit not for the much better. I purposefully employed the term “rumination” due to the fact each time I use it, I photograph a happy brown cow, nosing some delectable field greens, jaws grinding. In other text, ruminating. I am not pretty guaranteed how the verb to “ruminate,” which implies to chew the cud, morphed into a verb that implies to meditate or muse, but I’m pleased that it did since I like cows (kind of), and I’m hoping they like me (not definitely).
I deal with phrases each working day. I am consistently trying to get out subjects to produce about, which suggests I pay attention extremely intently to what people are saying: the terms they use, the adjectives they pick out and the cadence of their speech. I also pay shut awareness to words that are overused and/or misused. Farther and further more, for example, are often mixed up, as they should really be for the reason that, definitely, who cares? You say even more, I say farther, let us grab a bite! Steamers and a beer, anybody?
Grabbing a chunk is just not completed anymore, unless you’re one of the appealing vampires that populate the entertainment earth. (Speaking of vampires, is not it time for werewolves and hunchbacks to make a comeback?) The correct phrase for dining out, midday, is “doing lunch.” For the night meal, omit the phrase “lunch” and insert a foodstuff in its position: “Wanna do Chinese? Wanna do pizza or wings?”
Wanna and gonna are two designed-up words that are now spoken by every person. I was gonna elaborate, but I imagine you may possibly wanna know wherever I get off, making light of the way we discuss now. Consonants appear to be on everyone’s naughty listing these days, so not often do you listen to that closing “g” on the text performing, going or dwelling. What ever happened to flowery speech? When did we turn into also active to appreciate talking effectively?
That is a rhetorical issue mainly because we hardly ever talk anymore. We’re as well active texting. Who wants to talk when your agile thumbs can do it for you? I nonetheless hunt and peck with my index finger, although I did glance into shopping for some “new and improved” thumbs on Amazon.
Idioms are a shed artwork. No a single suggests “I was as mad as a moist hen” any more. Now, you’re additional likely to listen to “I was as mad as ___.” Insert whichever profanity you want due to the fact it appears that profanity has changed some of the more vibrant expressions that applied to adorn our language.
Idioms are so appealing and descriptive. They’re also very confusing to someone studying English. How do you demonstrate the expression to be on “pins and needles” or describe somebody termed a “loose cannon”? I overlook idioms and program on paying out next 7 days talking only in idioms since, right after all, I am a bit extended in the tooth.
I was listening to “Fresh Air” on NPR not prolonged back when I read an creator conversing to Terri Gross about new-cue-lur arms, not to be bewildered with nuclear arms. This was a acquired gentleman with copious believability in D.C., and he nevertheless could not say the phrase thoroughly? Together this thread, jewelry is usually pronounced jew-ler-ee, athletes have grow to be atha-letes and Realtors are now Genuine-it-tors. Really do not even get me began on the mangling of my birth thirty day period, Feb-brew-ary.
Lest you imagine I am a language snob, I guarantee you that I have inserted numerous “you knows” into conversation and have been regarded to fall a “g” at the very least after a day. I will also acknowledge to getting stated the most troublesome phrase in the English language, the term “like.”
At one time it was the provenance of teen-speak. Now, it’s, like, pouring out of, like, everyone’s mouth, like, all the time. So, like, I was pondering: Is this, like, a 20th, like, century matter or have folks, like, constantly, like, shoved that term into, like, each sentence?
Upon exploring the word, I learned that it is been misused for quite a when. It was utilised to describe a man’s workspace (“No, he’s received like, a loft”) in a New Yorker cartoon, circa 1928. 1 of the hooligans in “A Clockwork Orange” proclaims, “I, like, didn’t say everything.”
If you find that you are chronically inserting the term “like” in a willy-nilly vogue, you need to have to slow down and think about what you are declaring. This could be difficult due to the fact who would like to sluggish down and actually believe? Who’s bought time for that?
Would you like to do away with that rascally word from your if not smart-sounding monologue? If so, you’re not by yourself. The well-liked how-to web page Wikihow has a nine-move application comprehensive with images to support the visible learners out there. This 9-step method ought to not be puzzled with the 12-move applications out there, except if perhaps you are a material abuser who, like, cannot, like, stop indicating the word like, like all the time. If which is the circumstance, I suppose you are in a 21-stage program, which is considerably also numerous steps for just one flawed human to abide by. I propose you, like, give up now.
Step number one is admitting that you, like, have a challenge. Converse gradually and consider to end yourself right before you use the word “like” inappropriately. If you truly listen to the words and phrases spewing out of your mouth, you may well be ready to capture one or two “likes” before they sully the effects of your verbiage. Then, um, you’re on your have, you know, since I can not be, like, policing the way you, like, converse. I am way much too occupied eavesdropping and impressing children with my amazingly brilliant vocabulary!
Marsia Mason lives, like, in Beach front Haven.