When I write a post I think have these words already been written, much better, by learned authorities on the subject, educated people who understand the complex syntax and grammar of the English language. Then a fearful thought crosses my mind, do I want to put more writing out into a world already overloaded with rubbish written by know-all dunces. Next I question is it worth the effort, when I am not sure my words will be under stood. To quote Humpty Dumpty in Lewis Carroll’s book “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in a rather scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean neither more nor less.”
Will I get it right and write the right, right, the spell-check will not tell me? How does the spell-check affect the effect? The order of words in a sentence needs to be carefully considered. Words need to be in the right order. It is easy to put the right word in the wrong place. Sentence structure is what syntax is all about. I thought syntax was what a prostitute paid the Inland Revenue Department. As for grammar I thought it was the way they spelt grandmother in the U.S. I know how to get a colourful comment from the spell-check. I may stop ignoring the correction because the “u” is superfluous. But I have this aversion to some American ways, especially their slang it is taking over Australia’s colourful language.
Aussies are noted for their habit of using crude adjectives, even to the extent of popping them in the middle of a word. A couple of examples are wheel-bloody-barrow and Kooka-bloody-burra. Aussies may use bastard inappropriately, bastard can even be used as a term of endearment in Aussie, if you smile and have the right tone of voice. In the U.S.A. slang is far more offensive. One common insult is to accuse people of incest with their mother. The U.S. can be given the credit of spreading the English language to many countries by way of the movie industry and advertising. The down side is advertising encourages greed and envy and some movies use offensive, crude gutter language.
The ignorant, with a limited vocabulary copy, the educated that are too lazy are also at fault. Our speech has become offensive, impolite, coarse, inappropriate and unbecoming. Degraded by the over use of the improper words and punctuated with “you know”, I am not a mind reader, I do not know unless you can tell me. Over use has made “shock words” lose all their attention grabbing qualities. As for advertising, it has created a monster that causes cravings as bad as drugs. People commit all kinds of crime because of habitual cravings. Wanting far more than we need has created a wasteful greedy society. Sorry to say this Uncle Sam because your people are mostly good, caught up in a monster of your own creation. I am also sorry that people from all around the world are following your example.
Natures pendulum swings in a wide arc, mans time is but a heart beat in eternity, natures time is limitless. Nature’s pendulum swings back and forth, driving the hands on the clock that point to the fate of empires that rose and fell. Is this the right metaphor? What wind’s the spring that swings the pendulum, that drives the hands pointing to the doom of empires? Who will the clock chime for next? What happens after one revolution, will the clock proceed into darkness then to a new dawning? Here is where I say “I am perplexed if I know, you know what I mean.”
Did I write it right, original, understandable, has it all been said before? You had better tell me because “I am foiled if I know, you know what I mean, foiled, frustrated and fumbling for a fitting four letter word, you know what I mean,” and these words are on the tip of lots of celebrity’s tongues. Many people in the public eye substitute the word freaking, but you know what they mean. Some people may not agree but this is the way I see it. It is not that these words have no place in speech, used appropriately any word is acceptable. The point is people who know better and are in the public eye are setting a bad example.