The Sad Demise of the English Language
The Power of words
According to a recent statistic ( link ) The English language is the 3rd most spoken language in the World,with 312-380 million speakers. The top 5 are as follows:
1. Mandarin Chinese – 882 million 2. Spanish – 325 million 3. English – 312-380 million 4. Arabic – 206-422 million 5. Hindi – 181 million
A statistic I saw on Television a LONG time ago, I am unsure of its weight in todays world, however back then it was said that 80% of the content online is in English. This may have fallen drastically, however, let us assume it is still correct.
Words are a beautiful thing, I get dizzy every time I try to ponder on how a spoken language was invented, and even dizzier when I ponder how that language was transcribed into text.
I used to have a habit of writing out words that were unfamiliar to me, from the many books I have read over the course of my life, find their meaning and then attempt to incorporate them into my every day speech. Such words included lexicon, plethora, chagrin, apropos..
My Arabic teacher at school once told of how some words, in the Arabic language, (however it would be impertinent to believe that the same is not true for the English language as well), have gone extinctas a result of lying dormant for extended periods of time, unused, unspoken, unuttered, undisturbed in their hibernation, so long so that they had died out.
The opposite is also very much true, for many a new word has been created, born out of the unimpeded development of the modern era.
The namesake of my blog, MyBloogle, a play on the words My, Blog and Google, is a case-in-point.
The definition of Google, as per the Oxford Lexicon (i.e. dictionary) ( link ) is :
verb [with object] informal, to search for information about (someone or something) on the Internet, typically using the search engine Google.
If you were to go back 20 or so years into the past, and tell someone that you are Googling something, they will immediately suggest you make an appointment to see an ophthalmologist.
The English language, much like the esteemed Noble Prize, is supposedly sacred, and any addition to the elite list of the Oxford dictionary must be monumental in proportion.
One would think, and one would be wrong.
It has been reported that the following words have gained admission onto the once hallowed texts of the Oxford dictionary: Woot –an exclamation of triumph and success (most probably born on an MMORPG), Retweet –to pass on a message on Twitter, and perhaps the greatest culprit of them all, the word responsible for hammering the final nail in the proverbial coffin of the English language as we know it: Textspeak -noun [mass noun] language regarded as characteristic of text messages, consisting of abbreviations, acronyms, initials, emoticons, etc.
Textspeak, brought about by advocates of Generation Z (for lazy), who’s time is so previously important that they cannot see to it to spell like a normal human being, instead, they butcher and carve the words down into mere morsels of their former selves to rd lk so. They carry the mutilated carcass of this once brazen language, a mere shadow of its former self.
Those who grew up reading Shakespeare, and true English Literature, lament the times in which such words as sextingand aslhave joined the ranks of words most used in the English Language.
It is futile to deny progress, the Oxford English Dictionary was intended to be an evolving, modern catalogue of words, and hence it is only understandable that new words are added.
However, to some such as myself, this remains a sheer fact of butchery and debauchery.
It is with a heart that we bear witness to The Sad Demise of the English Language.