Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy
cathy_edgett

May we use it honestly, ethically and well -



There has never been a more critical time for the use of language.  Through the internet, we often exchange words with those we don't know and without gesture and sight. 


This comes from The Writer's Almanac:

The English language has gone on accepting additions to its vocabulary ever since the Norman invasion, and it now contains more than a million words, making it one of the most diverse languages on Earth. Writers have been arguing for hundreds of years about whether this is a good thing. Walt Whitman said, "The English language is the accretion and growth of every dialect, race, and range of time, and is both the free and compacted composition of all." On the other hand, the critic Cyril Connelly wrote, "The English language is like a broad river … being polluted by a string of refuse-barges tipping out their muck." And the poet Derek Walcott, who grew up in a British colony in the West Indies, said, "The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself."



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