For years now I have felt out-of-place in conversation with people. I don’t even mean how awkward and anti-social I can be either, which would be understandable. People hate language.
They hate specific words, sayings, and change in the English we use. They point to the dictionary as a shining beacon of truth and secretly I feel kinda sad. I mean what would language be if we hadn’t tried to restrict it.
These are the things I wonder about. Spelling obviously wouldn’t have normalized until much later if at all. Word usage would be even more localized than it is now.
Moist seems to be a word a lot of people hate. I don’t know why. It conveys a great sense of exactly what is being described. I am of the belief that if people understand what you are saying then the language you used is a success. Communication is the goal, not…I don’t even know what the language Nazis think the goal of language is.
I have however discovered a dislike bordering on hatred of a word. That word is irregardless. Because it doesn’t make sense!!!
Most people say it when they mean regardless. Because the ir could indicate a double negative and then you would mean with regard, which isn’t ever anyone’s intention when they say it. I will take a half mumbled conjoined twin of a made up word over irregardless any day of the week as long as I am picking up what you are laying down.