Evolution of language drives me crazy.

Evolution of language drives me crazy.


Me as a kid: “Me and David are going to play hide and seek.”

My mom: “David and I….”

My students: “Me and Tanya are going to the mall on the weekend.”

Me: “Tanya and I….”

My neighbor: “Me and Tom are going on a cruise.”

Me, suppressing a sigh: “Oh, that sounds lovely.”

My students: “I’m gonna get a puppy for my birthday.”

Me: “I’m going to get….”

Sports announcer: “He’s gettin’ to be a really good quarterback.”

Me: “Getting! Getting!”

Elderly lady at the gym: Do you wanna hear sumin interesting?”

Me: Cringing and biting my tongue. “Hm?”

Language evolving or just sloppy grammar? Maybe I’m old fashioned, but this cavalier usage of language feels like a dumbing down of our universal intelligence. Voilà becomes walla. Is walla even a word? How does the song go? “Ooh, ee, ooh ah ah. Ting, tang, walla walla bing bang

Our written language is just as bad. Punctuation and capitalization have fallen by the way side. We’ve gone back to a sort of hieroglyphic with letters and emojis instead of words–real words.

And writers, please, please, please stop using the word “would” for habitual action in the past.

“Every weekend when I was a kid, my dad would take me to the corner store for a treat.” NOOOOOOOOOOOO. Just say: “Every weekend when I was a kid, my dad took me to the corner store for a treat.”

Okay, I’ve had my rant. Your turn. What are your pet peeves with this evolution of language we are experiencing?






By Darlene Jones Posted in Writing

6 comments on “Evolution of language drives me crazy.

  1. I agree with you. It means making more of an effort to keep our language alive. Some change is inevitable, but this sloppy slide coupled with proper language (written and spoken) not being taught/learned in school anymore is sad to see.

  2. I want to correct folks every day and not just young people! The British are just as bad. I often find people with English as a Second Language are more correct as they follow the rules!

  3. Darlene, I often have to bite my tongue out in public and agree, it’s not just the young. When we learn a second language we learn the rules — something we don’t consciously do in our own language. We just have the models of the people around us as we grow up so their usage–good or bad–becomes ours.

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