Strictly Speaking

Posted: October 6, 2005 in Personal

Currently I am reading a book called ‘Strictly Speaking’ by Edwin Newman. It describes the usage of English in the present times- how English had changed to just a few ‘cool’ phrases and how the language is manipulated to describe simple situations in complicated terms to gain importance and how wrong English is used today as if there was nothing wrong in using it the way it is. I can very well identify with most situations described in the book. Using phrases like ‘funner’, ‘name of the game’,’ like this… like that…like like…’ does not and should not make you cool. Not using them does not make a person less funny or less interesting to talk to you but the use of these words in your day to day speech decide whether you are amiable or not. Spellings do not matter as long as you can convey the word. I purposely said ‘convey the word’ because I cannot understand how you can convey the meaning of a word without knowing the spelling. Words are not generated form phonetics; they are rooted in the meaning of your action or description of something. I have pointed out errors to my friend who often misspells words and does not find it worthwhile to pay attention to her spellings. ‘Everyone does it and nobody cares’ is the reply. Well not everyone does it and some people care. Think about it this way. ‘If I were to rite a leter to your compani and descryb myself as metyculous and efactive in comunication and that you would greightly benifit if you higher me’ what would you think of me? A person hiring you will definitely notice these controversies. What you write reflects on you as an individual. Words have the strength to characterize you for someone who reads what you write without knowing what kind of a person you are. They convey much more about you than their mere meaning. Words are not complete without their correct spelling, form and pronunciation.

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  1. Shantanu says:

    ‘If I were to rite a leter to your compani and descryb myself as metyculous and efactive in comunication and that you would greightly benifit if you higher me’

    This is hilarious! On more serious matters, I should get this book from the library and browse through it over the weekend.

    -Shantanu–>

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