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I Don't Speak What Passes for English

I am old.  I no longer speak or understand the language that has evolved (or devolved?) from English.

 

Scripts?  About a movie or tv plot? Nope.  A "prescription".  T-Child?  HUH--a hip-hop artist?  Nope.  A brand name I guess--or short for one.

 

Lippie? Initials all over the place?  People don't try to communicate with everyone now.  They just leave little coded messages for the in-crowd, followers, or true believers of something.

 

To heck with anyone not on the "in" Woman Wink  I guess they just our kind of folks anyway. . . you don't know, you don't matter.

 

It certainly lessens the feeling of community and makes people not on the in crowd feel more left out.  Sort of the "mean girls" syndrome. . . Woman Sad

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Re: I Don't Speak What Passes for English

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I remember watching My Big Fat Fabulous life and Whitney telling "The Frenchman" she need to check her sched because she was taking a vacay with the fam. 

Really, how much longer would it have taken to say she needed to check her schedule because she was taking a vacation with her family?

 

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Re: I Don't Speak What Passes for English

Some people just need to feel like or give the impression that they're 'hip'. I guess it feeds their ego?

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Re: I Don't Speak What Passes for English

@Sooner  @CelticCrafter    I get it. My teen granddaughters speak a "foreign" language. 

 

No they'll "call me", but rather "reach out". Talk is "chat "  and their shortened words and abbreviations are crazy!!! I'm lost talking (uh, chatting) with them and have to keep asking what they're saying......

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Re: I Don't Speak What Passes for English

I'm old and no kids but I have no problem understanding the words scripts, vacay. chat etc. they make sense to me. 

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Re: I Don't Speak What Passes for English

Interesting topic!

If you Google "words and phrases coined over the last century", there are several interesting articles that illustrate how our language has changed over the years. We don't use words like "jolly" "blotto" and "fancy" any longer- we say "happy", "drunk", "want" these days. Hundreds and hundreds of words and phrases are added to the dictionary every year.

Interesting to see new words and phrases added as society and (mainly) technology changes. It's not a plot to leave anyone out, it's the natural evolution of experiences put into language.

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Re: I Don't Speak What Passes for English

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No issue here.  We didn't grow up using phrases from the turn of the century either.  Language evolves as technology and world events move forward.  No need for anyone to feel "old" or not included.

 

 My Dad was 98 when he passed and was thrilled to have a smartphone, use an iPad and have FaceTime calls with his grandchildren.  If someone born in 1920 who wasn't even a HS graduate was able to stay in touch with language and tech, anyone can.  

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Re: I Don't Speak What Passes for English

Time marches on and some are determined to lag behind. I'm happy to say my mom is still up for trying and learning new things, including language. She inspires me to be a life-long learner.

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Re: I Don't Speak What Passes for English

Agreed @Tori3569 

 

Staying curious = Staying current 

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Re: I Don't Speak What Passes for English

Language evolves.   You either evolve with it or not.