Ill-Aimed Snobbery

Scholarship Entrant: Paul from Sherman Oaks, California
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Paul: 134

There seems to be a lot of snobbery about the English language. Every time there is a noticeable change in the way people speak the language, people go in a tizzy, saying that the language is becoming “worse,” especially now.

The problem is not that the language is becoming worse. English was never that great of a language to begin with. When compared to the descriptive nature of the Russian language or the vivacious verb-based Arabic language, our little corner of the Germanic realm of languages leaves a lot to be desired.

Also, English, as most other languages, has been evolving steadily since its inception in 450 C.E. What would the Saxons say about Shakespeare, or what would Shakespeare say about O’Henry? The problem is not that the language is turning into something worse. It is that the people speaking this new English do not seem to be able to talk about anything of substance.

That is why I want to become an English teacher. Great societies have been built with words. All peaceful societies have depended on the pen before the sword.

Now, if we cannot learn to use our words in this brave new world with our brave new English, our future looks bleak. I fear to think what the world will be like when all we can say as diplomats to defend ourselves from WW3 would be “Hey man, no! Not cool, bro!”

Tomorrow’s world depends on being able to say more than “lol” or “omg.”

Vote for Paul: 134

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