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The Slaughter Of The English Language

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In George Orwell’s essay “Politics of the English Language”, Orwell argues that the English language is in ruins. What is to blame for the collapse of the English language? The answer simply lies within technology. Technology in many ways has a adverse effect on the English language. Young kids are now allowed to carry cell phones with texting being their main source of communication. Often times these kids butcher the English language through their text messages. They use improper grammar and often times do not punctuate at all. Technology such as texting, facebook and instant messaging work hand in had in the destruction of the English language. Technology has not made people more ...view middle of the document...

Some text speaking phrases include, OMG, LOL, BFF, LMAO, BRB and, these invalid word forms are only the hurting the language itself. Text speaking has become so prevalent in society that now the Oxford Dictionary’s newest edition includes several of these phrases. A lot of teen aged kids would have no struggle with defining these abbreviations. However, the older generation such as the baby boomers may be scratching their heads in confusion, this is not the English language that they have known or grown custom to. Point being, we are in the generation of texting and the old ways are no longer relevant. The generation of texting has created new phrases and slang that they can more easily identify themselves with. Now it is seen as awkward to not place these phrases into a text message. If someone placed a phrase like “What you just typed was very funny. At this time I am laughing out loud” (Brockenbrough 149). the reader would view that as awkward. When the largest dictionary within the English language is starting to input text messaging phrases, clearly there is a problem. English is slowly making its way to its demise, in place of it is text speaking.
The English language is also in decline because of the use of slang. In text messages, instant message, and facebook, one is able to find countless example of slang word. Slang words are used as a shortcut to bypass the actual spelling of a word. Examples would be typing "u" instead of you, and "b4" instead of before. For instance, in the Martha Brockenbrough essay “Does IM Make U Dum”, she gives a valid example of where a student emailed a technology savvy professor using slang. The student wrote “do u still have those blank postcards cuz I need to put my final postcard on one… if u do can u bring it to class on Friday?” (150). Even the professor who was technology savvy thought that the email was a little overkill. One would not speak to their professors the same way as they would speak to a friend. This is proof that some people do not know how to distinguish the proper times to use slang. With that said, why does society use slang within the technology community? Is it because these abbreviations are faster or more convenient? If one was to go back and fix all of their slang it would probably only take a matter of seconds. It is not worth sounding less intelligent due to the...

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