Language is universal but there is no “universal language” unless you count love. I have always heard love is the universal language but I think what they really mean is sex. But that’s a whole ‘nother post!
I will be the first to admit that sometimes I gauge people by their use of language. Not necessarily by the language they use but how they use the language they speak. I will also be the first to admit that I sometimes intentionally misuse language for the sake of getting my point across in my posts. Sometimes slang or colloquialism comes across better than the proper use of language and proper spelling.
I will also admit that misuse of language is one of my biggest pet peeves. I know that sounds like a HUGE contradiction and maybe it is but that’s just me. I think a lot of people judge others by how smart they think they are or how smart they appear to be. When you misuse language and horribly misspell words, let’s face it… you just appear less than intelligent.
As a prime example, the misuse of the words to, two, and too probably makes me the craziest. Using the wrong one in a sentence drives me go batsh*t. Such as, “I was going to do that two!” Unless they mean they were going to do something two times then I’m not down with that. Or “I’m going too the mall.” Are you going to the mall also or are you just stupid? I know that’s kind of harsh but it’s just one of those things that gets under my skin.
I also have a problem with people interchanging the words there, their and they’re. To use all three in a sentence would be “They’re going over there to get their friend.” NOT “Their going over thar to get there friend”. Insanity alert!
I have long tried to instill in my children the importance of using English properly to get their point across. When they were little I always had books, magazines and newspapers readily available for them and I often spent (and still do) much more money on books than on toys unless it was educational toys. Heck, we even talked to them and read to them in utero. I tried to teach them all to read and write before they started 1st grade. I think that is why now they all three enjoy reading so much. In fact, my oldest ended up being an English major and I can’t tell you how proud that made me. I felt like I must have done something right!
There is also (in my humble opinion) a big difference in misspelling words because you weren’t taught properly or learned English as a second language and just being too lazy to learn. Granted, I know there are people who just aren’t as intelligent but there are also those who just don’t care and I really don’t understand that.
I can’t tell you how many times (especially on FaceBook) when I have wanted to correct someone’s post when they’ve used the wrong word or misspelled it. To me (again, just my opinion) it shows a lack of class. Maybe it was just a lack of paying attention in class?
It particularly drives me crazy when the people who are misusing and misspelling words are teachers. No wonder our youth can’t learn to speak, write and spell properly if the people in charge of teaching them can’t do it correctly. Or just don’t care to. Does that make me a language snob or am I just too picky? Do I expect too much from others?
I know English is a very difficult language to learn but I feel that if you grew up here (in the United States) then you should at least be able to put a half way decent sentence together and use words in their proper term or tense. That’s all I’m saying.
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