Just a bit of fun …
Bu**er, bi**’er, be**er,
Where’s the missin’ le**er ?
Beau*iful and pre**y ? –
Not this li**le di**y !
Have you ‘eard ‘em speakin’ ?
All these words a-tweakin.’
Nuff to set ya cryin’ –
‘English’ now is dyin.’
But Shakespeare, Austen, Dickens
not such easy pickin’s –
crafted to perfection –
free from vivisection.
Masters of our lingo –
They’ve got the T’s, by jingo !
© valdohren 2023
I blame texting! LMAO? WTF? FYI? Mitch
Don’t do texting Mitch so I am not familiar with all this stuff, though I can hazard a guess at it. LOL.
Excellent! I share your opinion too. What depresses me is reading comments in newspapers where people use ‘text speak’. Many are also barely literate. In my day (OMG sound ancient) but people who wrote as so many do now, would be considered ‘dunces’ No kidding and not only speaking about teenagers sadly. When I read second hand messages of condolence etc. from Facebook (cannot stand that either) it depresses the hell out of me. If anyone doubts that the standard of education has fallen, they only need to read the comments in the Daily Mail reader’s section. In fact sadly… Read more »
Well Alison, it really bugs me how often I hear the letter ‘t’ being dropped, and as for double negatives such as “I don’t know nothin’ ……. ” grrrrrrrr !! I am no expert, I did not go to Uni or have any fancy schooling, but in general I think I can speak the Queen’s English at least reasonably well. There are few standards any more, including morally too. Guess I am just old fashioned, or maybe just old.
Indeed – I pity the vowels being stripped from the words I love till the whole media-sphere seems populated by hyper Yorkshire folk with irritable vowel syndrome.
….. “irritable vowel syndrome” hahaha, love it Mitch !!
We live in a world I no longer understand, it’s not just text speak, it’s attitude. I’m a miserable old fart who speaks his mind, I hate political correctness and all that surrounds it. Schools were there to teach the three ‘Rs’ and guide you on your way. What the hell happened?
Great piece Val
Thanks Mike. As a lover of words, and the English language, it grieves me to hear it abused so much.
For some strange reason I have only just found this one. I agree one hundred percent with you, I do not do the txt speak thing, when I text I have to put in the capital letters and the punctuation, and wish other’s would do me the same courtesy. I wish someone with a magic wand would wake up and realise how far down the road to social destruction we have come. Well said Val. Xx
Thanks Sue. It’s the dropping do the letter ‘t’ that annoys me so much. People just don’t seem to be able to say it ! Why, I ask. Lazy way of speaking I guess.