A Dying Breed

I find the grammar and vocabulary (or lack thereof rather) of young people quite disturbing. I do understand the need to shorten words in texts, as there is obviously limited space. But it just works on my last nerve if I go on Facebook and every second status update is something to the effect of: “lmfao i DiDN’t du mAh hOmewuuurK!” or “1 L0V3 mY b@B1e s0 Much!” Sometimes I can’t even make sense of it at all. It takes you more time to figure out what this person is saying than reading The Republic by Plato. It’s terrible! I can’t stand it. It’s not only a waste of time trying to type in alternating capital letters, but to try to figure out all the ways you can really murder the English language is so time-consuming.

No wonder the kids aren’t doing well at skul (ahem, school). They don’t even know how to spell anymore. They grow up with a shortened abbreviated disfigured language, and they can’t be bothered to pay enough attention to learn how to properly spell or use tenses. I saw a paper handed in by a grade 12 student. It was atrocious. Spelling aside, the grammar was terrible. 

I pride myself in having a good vocab, to know my spelling is correct and be well read. I wish the young people would realise nobody will care what you have to say if you don’t have anything of importance to say. So come now, stop reading Twilight over and over again. (Relax Twi-hards, I have read all of them, and enjoyed it) I’m just saying that instead of reading it again and again, read something else. By another author. Try something that’s on the best-selling list. Just because you are a teen, doesn’t mean you have to read teen novels. Try something with substance. And do it earnestly.

If you do, you’d be surprised that the next time you open your mouth and have something worthwhile to say, your parents might not dismiss you and actually listen.

Any recommendations on a good read?

Much Love 


2 thoughts on “A Dying Breed

  1. I agree, but I do believe language should evolve. If it is readable and understandable, the objective of the text is obtained. Successful communication means that you have reached your recipient and you have conveyed your message to the extend that the 2 parties involved have mutual understanding – mission accomplished.
    Anyway, like I said before: your talents are hidden behind cautious words and own and acquired paradigms. Writer you are

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