The True Beauty of Actually Knowing English
English has become our second language.
If you take a second to second a motion to learn a second language, you’ll understand why those who don’t learn English from the get-go have a tough time with it.
Words can sound and are sometimes spelled the same, but can mean something completely different.
That’s not to say that those of us born into an English-speaking family are doing a great job, because we’re not.
Many in this country don’t know what it means to conjugate a verb, but they can quickly explain a conjugal visit.
There, they’re, their, you might say. Don’t despair.
Too, two, to, goes the train. Or does it?
A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning.
A telephone is a device Americans use to text the wrong spelling of the word they mean.
I’ve waxed nostalgic before about the demise of writing, but the rules of spelling and writing were designed to be used as a means of clear communication between people.
Can you imagine someone in Washington sending this email to Vladimir Putin?
“Can you bale me out on a Syrias matter?”
Sometimes, the right word at the right time is more than just correct; it’s important.
Samuel L. Jackson, the Hollywood king of F-bombs, recently took our president to task for his use of slang and how that wasn’t very presidential. Sorry, I meant to say wasn’t “very f-ing presidential”.
How we write is how we are perceived. Good jobs are scarce these days. There are plenty of people with a good grasp of English that can get a foot in the door by writing a great cover letter and resume’. Those who can’t fill out an application in complete sentences will one day retire with a good grasp of such phrases as “Would you like to super-size that?” and “Please drive-thru”.
You’re the key to your future. Let’s go back to the days of yore. Embrace English.