Language And Acceptance Culture


Let me vent. While I understand that languages evolve over time (if not we would be speaking English as Shakespeare wrote it) but sometimes I have difficulty with the current usage.

However, perhaps diametrically opposed to cancel culture, a movement that applies today’s values to historical events and calls for cancelations (see Le Pew, Pepe), we have accept culture . This I use to refer to the acceptance of “words” based on repeated usage.

… perhaps diametrically opposed to cancel culture, a movement that applies today’s values to historical events and calls for cancelations (see Le Pew, Pepe), we have accept culture

I discovered this insidious caving in while I was once writing a post about what I find an egregious misuse of the English language. To wit, That’s a whole NOTHER thing”. Just for the hell of it, I checked to see if nother is a word. Sure enough, when I looked it up I found that, according to Merriam-Webster at least, it now is acceptable. Egad.

Evidently, as was the case with the baseball park in Field of Dreams, if you build it they will come, well, if you use it enough, it will be accepted. When I was a boy, they taught us to say “The woman/man WHO built the house. The house THAT was built”. Not “the man/woman THAT built the house”. Yet, it has now become commonplace to hear that particular usage. I hear it so much that I guess it’s accepted now.

So, like, thanks for allowing me to, like, get this off my chest, I feel better now.

Please, don’t get me started on the ridiculous use of the word “like”. As for starting sentences, almost every sentence with the word so …..

So, like, thanks for allowing me to, like, get this off my chest, I feel better now.

Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

3 thoughts on “Language And Acceptance Culture

  1. Don’t let me get started on the misuse of “less” and “fewer”……!! Lin

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  2. I can cope with changes in language. It’s the substitution of emojis (or social media abbreviations) instead of words. First, I don’t have a clue what they mean and I have no interest in learning. Finally, I LIKE words. Words have power. and used well, they are powerful. Emojis and abbreviations just hang in the middle of sentences and don’t mean anything.

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