This week the round up is back to being themed around neat ways to fill awkward silences:
I did try to theme around language, but there are just too many words and far too many obvious things to say about them. We know language is changing, it’s shortening gaining numbers and acronym-ing to such a degree that laughing sounds like a clacking keyboard.
Duh, we know.
I used to mind. I’m still a sucker for well-written texts, but also accept that things change and language inevitably evolves. People were all ‘woah, a printing press?’ once upon a time. It would be nice, however, if things were shifting more towards the Shakespearean or romantic umbrella makers and less towards faster ways to rally fellow looters.
Linguistics is a funny old academic field, which doesn’t help language’s case. A rather confident man named Noam Chomsky has had it on lockdown since establishing his ethereal theory of universal grammar; the notion that all human brains are hardwired with tools to organise all our talky-talk. A man called Everett tried to argue differently. If you can get past the ‘do I really care about this’ emotion, it’s quite a good read.
I just do my best to make the most of the words that are still kicking around. When it comes to the thesaurus argument I side with the users, hoping not to become an addict. Sticking to the heavy print version rather than the easy right-click-synonym helps. As does this marvellous site.
Did I make it about language? No. I just made it about me. That’s all the Internet is really good for after all. Sigh.