Playing with Language

Let us soundfully exclaim, “It is the language of us! Let us use it as we wish to!”

Language is about (this is highly simplified) using words and rules (grammar) to communicate meaning to some one else. Each day people use what ever language they speak to do any number of things. How they use their language is oft questioned by so called “language experts.” However, away from such as these people may (and do!) use their language how the see best. Occasionally a word escapes the mind and some replaces it with a different word (sometimes a “made-up” word). This could be called a sort of McGivering of the language. A learner of a new language will usually not have this same freedom. They will stick (usually) to what they have been taught, they won’t make up new words.

Oft it seems that some so called “experts” will demand that some one say something a certain way. This is like making the native speaker a learner. Use only what you’ve been taught never innovate. There is nothing wrong with this if one is writing for a formal school paper, a business report, a newspaper with a strict style guide, &c. However, it becomes a problem when these “experts” prescribe these rules to every situation.

The best guide to a good sentence: if it feels natural use it, unless one is writing in a formal setting (then follow that style guide). Now everyone will have things others say or write the irritate them. By all means peacefully correct someone if they say something irritating. But keep in mind everyone should do this and thus they will likely respond that something one has said was irritating.

As long as one is truly understood then it is not a real problem.

(By the by the top irritation these speaker has is split infinitives [“to boldly go”]. No, just no. {Just personal perference use English or any language for that matter how ever one wishes!})

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