Monday, August 15, 2011

Language Rant

I will not argue that the English language is the most expressive or poetic of languages. But I would love to know how we have been reduced to a few 4-5 letter words to express anger, fear, excitement, surprise, pain, excitement, and nearly every other human emotion. This is a book blog, and I've put down numerous books that had wonderful potential because they had ridiculous amounts of useless foul language. But this post is also about facebook, twitter, text messages, and everyday conversations.

I am not against a well aimed insult, (see my previous post for examples) and under the right circumstance (dropping a sledge hammer on your foot) I understand how a thoughtless explicative could slip. But under normal conditions, I'm begging you, put a little thought into your words. Can we really think of no better insult than to condemn a person's parentage? And does it really need to be said that a December day is colder than a lake of fire? Don't get me wrong, I don't want to carry a thesaurus with me so I can understand you. But a little variety would be nice.

In the words of a good friend: "If you can't say something nice, use rhetoric I can't understand."