Changing The American Language Essay

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Changing The American Language

My brother and i are alike in that we both often have very strange dreams. A couple of
months back, he dreamed that he was driving in Mexico with his best friend Jacob, when he
got pulled over by the Mexican police. When asked if he was drunk, he replied with, "Of
course not, sir. I dislike drunk drivers. I disapprove of drunk drivers. I discringe drunk
drivers." Hearing this, the police simply let him go. As he was driving away, however,
Jacob turned to him and said, "Dude...discringe?" After reciting this story to me the next
morning, he asked, "Amber...is discringe a word?" When i told him that it wasn't, he
decided that from then on it would be, and ever since has been using it as part of his
everyday vocabulary. After hearing him use this made-up word as if it were real for
awhile, I realized that he was right. Discringe, although not a real part of the English
vocabulary, ought to be a real word, as should many other expressions used in everyday
vernacular. There simply aren't enough words to express the many varying and complex
emotions we have. Because of the fact that it would add to the creativity of our language,
help students differentiate between proper and improper grammar styles, and let us express
ourselves in ways that before were very difficult to achieve, the English language ought
to be revised to accommodate the changing needs of our society.From "spanglish" to
ebonics, the English language is constantly being manipulated into all sorts of different
forms to best suit its purpose. This is part of what makes the American culture so unique.
Our language comes from three basic sources: what was brought over from the mother
country, England, during settlement a mix of different languages and cultures all brought
together into what is called the "melting pot" of American society and lastly, experiences
and social reforms brought about by the ever-changing needs of a growing country. The
third reason, however, has largely been neglected by professors and bureaucrats alike as a
viable source of new vocabulary. Although many terms that are commonly used in everyday
speech are perfectly functional as well as able to express their intended purpose, they
simply are not acknowledged as part of what is considered to be "proper" grammar. For
instance, the term "How are you doing?" has evolved into "How are you," then to "What's
up," and finally the phrase commonly being used on the streets today, " ŒSup?" Although
these expressions all convey the same message, the latter two are considered to be
inappropriate in formal conversation. This, however, is ludicrous. Just as our culture has
evolved, so has our language. In today's busy world, people often do not wish to take the
time to say "How are you," when a simple " ŒSup" would suffice. Contrary to the popular
belief that this consolidation of terms leads to the degradation of the English language,
I firmly believe that it actually adds to the color and variety that makes our culture so
unique.Even if this were not reason enough, the consolidation and revision of our language
can also ease students' transition between "street" grammar and "school" grammar. One of
the most difficult things for a student to learn is when it is appropriate to use certain
terminology. For instance, one would not turn to a friend at a movie and say, "To whom was
that character referring when he made his statement about love being folly?" Conversely,
the same person would never go to a job interview and say, " ŒSup, yo? I think this job
would be cool because it would give me time to kick it with my friends after work,
y'know?" There are always different grammar rules used in each situation. This is why so
many students have such a difficult time with English classes, or even with simple essay
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