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Broken English and Bad Language — November 21, 2017

Broken English and Bad Language

Now I am quite an old-fashioned, traditional woman as some of you might have noticed. I am also partial to using some out-dated words or phrases as we have such a rich and beautiful language. It is a shame to let them disappear into the mists of time, shrivelling up with lack of use.

I have noticed something disturbing over the years, however, that has become more prevalent as technology advances and the world becomes smaller. The fact that I have a young daughter who likes to keep up with the latest fads and trends also brings this home to me, and I don’t like it one bit.

I may not be the best at writing, I understand that my grammar leaves a lot to be desired at times, and I am careless and shoddy with my proofreading (I know, being the Typo Queen is not something to be proud of). However, I do try to make sure that I at least make some use of the language that I was brought up with. I become very annoyed that my mother-tongue is being messed about with, chopped up and put in a blender, then coming out with chunks in it that I am unfamiliar with!

Now, I do not wish to offend anyone at all, this is my opinion, and being a bit of an old ‘stick in the mud’ I like the language just the way it is, thank you very much.

To illustrate my point, here are a few examples

Text Talk WTF??? (See, I can do some of the trendy abbreviations). You will probably not be surprised to know that when I text someone, I write the whole lot out in full, complete with punctuation. I know, I am extremely uncool, (but I do love a smiley face). I hate all of this cul8tr stuff. I mean, what the hell is that? The first time I saw it I tried to read it as a word, thinking it was ‘culture’ and that someone has pressed the 8 by mistake and did it in a hurry, (Something I am always guilty of).

All these abbreviations are fine,(if you can understand them), but I do worry that our kids are losing the art of writing. I remember when I was at school we had to learn how to write all the different types of letters, like formal, business and personal using the appropriate greeting, and signing off correctly, which I am not sure they still teach despite the fact that letters do still need to be written on occasion.

The other thing I get annoyed about is nicking words from other languages when we have perfectly good ones of our own! Miss Hap does it all the time (she knows it annoys me).

“Mum, have you got any Bobby pins?”

“What? Oh, you mean hair grips”!

Grrrrr.

 

You get the idea. Or this habit of calling each other ‘bruv!’ I am not your bloody bruv, nor am I your ‘mate!’

I know I am getting to be a moany Old Codger but I can’t help it. Is it just me or do you despair at the way language is evolving?

Just Jot It January 1st- Persnickety. — January 1, 2016

Just Jot It January 1st- Persnickety.

I am excited to be taking part in Linda’s e where we get to write a post a day throughout the month of January. We can choose whether or not to use the prompt words as we wish. Why not have a go, as it is not too late to join in.

Now I don’t think that I am a ‘persnickety’ person at all. In fact, I would go as far as to say that I am quite easy-going. However, I looked at the word for today and thought that something was not right. It didn’t look quite right to me but I was not sure why. After all. ‘persnickety’ was spelled correctly, but something was off. Then I found it. That hidden ‘s’ that had sneaked in.

You see, over here in the good old UK,  we say ‘pernickety’ and that is what I am going to stick to. I know North Americans say ‘persnickety’ but I don’t like that ‘s’ so am going to ignore it!

So yes I am pernickety, and in fact, whilst we are on the subject, I also get mad about the apostrophe. Yes, such a small and inoffensive little thing, but it can cause me to get very cross when incorrectly placed.  Cafe’s over here love to advertise their ware’s, using my little friend with joyful abandon. Who wants burger’s and chips? They sell tea’s and coffee’s too you know! Grrrrrr enough already!

Do you realise how much it pained me to write that? Hmmm, I am far more pernickety than I thought over things that most people just laugh about!

Episode 449: Broken English. — August 8, 2015

Episode 449: Broken English.

Now I am quite an old-fashioned, traditional woman as some of you might have noticed. I am also partial to using some out-dated words or phrases as we have such a rich and beautiful language. It is a shame to let them disappear into the mists of time, shrivelling up with lack of use.

I have noticed something disturbing over the years however, that has become more prevalent as technology advances and the world becomes smaller. The fact that I have a young daughter who likes to keep up with the latest fads and trends, also brings this home to me, and I don’t like it one bit.

I may not be the best at writing, I understand that my grammar leaves a lot to be desired at times, and I am careless and shoddy with my proofreading (I know, being the Typo Queen is not something to be proud of). However I do try to make sure that I at least make some use of the language that I was brought up with. I am proud of being English and as such become very annoyed that my mother-tongue is being messed about with, chopped up and put in a blender, and coming out with chunks in it that I am unfamiliar with!

Now, I do not wish to offend anyone at all, this is my opinion, and being a bit of an old ‘stick in the mud’ I like the language just the way it is, thank you very much.

To illustrate my point, here are a few examples

Text Talk WTF??? (See, I can do some of the trendy abbreviations). You will probably not be surprised to know that when I text someone, I write the whole lot out in full, complete with punctuation. I know, I am extremely uncool. (but I do love a smiley face) but I hate all of this cul8tr stuff. I mean, what the hell is that? The first time I saw it I tired to read it as a word, thinking it was ‘culture’ and that someone has pressed the 8 by mistake and did it in a hurry, (Something I am always guilty of).

All these abbreviations are fine,(if you can understand them), but I do worry that our kids are losing the art of writing. I remember when I was at school we had to learn how to write all the different types of letters, using the appropriate greeting and how to sign off, which I am not sure they still teach, despite the fact that letters do still need to be written on occasion.

The other thing I get annoyed about, is nicking words from other languages when we have perfectly good ones of our own! Miss Hap does it all the time (she knows it annoys me)

“Mum, have you got any Bobby pins?”

“What? Oh, you mean hair grips”!

Grrrrr.

Trash/garbage- rubbish

Cotton candy – candy floss

Gotten – got

You get the idea. Or calling each other ‘bruv!’ I am not your bloody bruv, nor am I your ‘mate!’

I know I am getting to be an ‘Old Codger’ but I can’t help it. Is it just me or does it wind you up that written language is becoming so informal and casual?

Episode 229: Spiffing Words That Need To Be Used More! — March 18, 2015

Episode 229: Spiffing Words That Need To Be Used More!

Further to my earlier post ‘Word for Wednesday’, I have now got a few more words rattling around in my brain, begging for release into the mighty blogosphere to be enjoyed. So here they are in all their glory!

Hobbledehoy. What a great word this is. My mum used to favour this word when warning us not to hang around with undesirables! Actually it means  ‘clumsy or awkward youth’ (that part summed me up pretty well actually) usually a boy. (You can’t win them all)!

Flighty. This word always makes me laugh. My two grandmothers had quite a bit of rivalry going on and my mum’s mum used to refer to my dad’s mum as being ‘flighty’. The reason for this was that my nan never married and nobody knew who my dad’s father was. This was rather shocking in 1929 and it was rumoured that she rather favoured the odd dalliance with a soldier! Flighty has a few definitions amongst which are: ‘irresponsible or silly behaviour, easily excited, skittish and flirtatious!

Cripes! This sounds very Enid Blyton to me! It is a kind of exclamation. As in. “Oh Cripes I forgot to bring along the ginger beer!” Or perhaps ” Cripes, I’ve just stubbed my toe, and I have an ingrown toenail)! A little on the namby-pamby (we’ll do that one next) side to me. Not much venom attached to it for my liking. It doesn’t quite cut it when you are hopping around in agony with a throbbing toe! That is where your good old ‘f’ word comes in handy!

Namby-Pamby. This is a lovely word. I like it even better because it rhymes (I am easily pleased). It can be used to describe a person as well, for example. “Oooh, look at him writing all that flowery poetry, he’s a bit of a namby-pamby.”  The meaning for this wonderful word is ‘weak, spineless, or sentimental.

Spiffing. This is a word that was used a lot by posh people in the past. Something like, “Oh Penelope, it would be simply spiffing if you could come to the Masquerade Ball” It just means ‘excellent’ or ‘splendid’ – but spiffing sounds so much better to me!

Rambunctious. Fabulous word, this one. It would probably have been used for something like this. ” Look at those rambunctious louts over there, causing a disturbance. Somebody had better call the Police!” The general meaning is ‘turbulent, difficult to control. noisy and out of hand.’

Well I hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane of seldom used words as much as I did writing it!

Episode 166: Fairy Grandmother! — February 16, 2015

Episode 166: Fairy Grandmother!

When I was younger, my parents were pretty strict about swearing (or rather us not swearing) as I wrote about here. It was pretty unheard of to hear bad language on the TV, and I never ever heard my parents use really bad language. Yes, my step-dad loved ‘bloody’ and ‘shit’,  and my mum was partial to ‘for Christ’s sake’ but there was never any ‘f’ word or similar. Ever.

Nowadays it is so much more commonplace. we hear it all the time, On TV, listening to music, even young kids on the street seem to bandy swear words about with abandon, as it is part of their everyday vocabulary.

Many of the older generation still do not like to hear people constantly swearing, and one grandmother of 73 landed up getting herself in trouble when she tried to make a stand.

It all started when her daughter’s boyfriend couldn’t control his language in front of the woman, her daughter and granddaughter. She had finally had enough when the 6ft 2 chef loomed over her swearing in her face. Quick as a flash, she pulled put a bottle of ‘Fairy’ washing up liquid from her bag (God knows why she was carrying it around, unless it was for just such an occasion) and squirted the liquid towards the 38 year old’s mouth.

Now, most of us as kids were threatened to have ‘our mouths washed out with soap’ if we were caught swearing by an older person, and being of that generation, she followed through on it, probably intending to teach him a lesson in manners.

Unfortunately, his poor feelings were hurt and he called the police accusing her of assault; sure enough they came out and charged her! She will be up before the magistrates court facing prosecution and a criminal record.

How times have changed. Forty years ago this woman would have been commended for her actions, and the foul-mouthed ranter, berated by the police for wasting their time, and for using abusive language!

Is the Crown  Prosecution Service getting a little over the top wanting to prosecute this woman, or do you think she ‘assaulted’ the man and deserves what she gets?

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