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In protest of ‘modern-day gibberish’
Josh L. Sivitz is a man after my own heart: an individual who listens carefully to words! (“Resurrecting ‘Tucky’,” Feb. 4)
He devotes a large portion of his essay to his incredulousness over the use of the word “so” to begin a sentence. He is on target, and he has only scratched the surface of modern-day gibberish.

There are so many ridiculous fillers in the speech of even the most erudite, educated individuals in this era.

What do we make of “I’m, like, …” and my favorite foolish phrase of this era, “kind of”? The declarative statement has died. Today, everything seems to be “kind of” or “sort of.” A local meteorologist tells us that a weather front will “kind of” come in, that it will be chilly enough that we will “kind of” want to take a jacket with us. A local reporter tells us that he will step out of the camera shot so that we may “kind of” see the action behind him.

A local news anchor referenced a religious figure as having been subjected to “beautification” rather than “beatification.”

I also prominently note the endangered species of the noun, which is so often missing in action. A meteorologist tells us that he will deliver his “seven-day,” people suffer with “Alzheimer’s,” and a recipe uses “marinara” and “provolone.” Phrases must be shortened — Sept. 11, 2001, has become “9/11.” I imagine that if the attack on Pearl Harbor had occurred in this era, it would be known as “12/7.”

Of course, there is the old favorite, “you know,” which continues to rage. Many individuals are unable to utter a sentence without it.

The English language is deteriorating in this age of, “If you know what the person meant to say, there is no reason for the individual to have stated it properly.” I must laugh lest I weep.

Oren Spiegler
Peters Township

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