January 14, 2016

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John Humphrys wrote an article a few years back about how our English language has changed for a bad reason. He tells us how text language is destroying the language he loves and adores. The article written by Humphrys tells us how using a dictionary is one of the best feelings he has felt.

He wrote this article nine years ago. Since then technology has increased and gotten better with new accessories. With the make of the iPhone 6 in 2015 and iOS 9, Apple has brought us the ability to use spell check. With these new abilities from the iPhone, it is a quicker and easier method to message people.

In my opinion, I can agree to a certain extent on how text speech is slowly killing out the English language. Like hundreds of languages before English, they slowly die out and evolve into easier language. I can compare language to the evolution of aeroplanes, for example the first planes started off as biplanes- which were slow and bulky, then came planes such as the Spitfire and P-51 Mustang- with single layer of wings, then came along jump jets such as the Harrier. With this evolution of planes it didn’t come with the criticism of it would be dangerous and deadly. With language it’s little of the same in England, it started off with Celtic, then it became Latin, then it became Elizabethian English, then modern English and it might evolve again. If it wasn’t for the evolution of languages past we wouldn’t be where we are now with our English Language. Why can’t the English Language evolve like languages before. It happens with the evolution of everything, when every day items evolve it comes with hatred and unwanted change, which could be dangerous in their eyes.

Humphrys implies how changing the language for abreaviations could damage young people’s grammar. He uses a quote saying, “Mary had a phone. She texted day and night. But when it came to her exams she’d forgotten how to write”. I can disagree with this quote because, I can be on my phone all day texting and on my phone. I would sometimes use text speech when I’m in a rush and I want to get a message across quickly. But when it comes to me e-mailing people of importance like teachers or leaders of organisations. I can change the way I speak to people.

I believe the reason why Humphrys is going against text language, is that he doesn’t want to see his beloved English language evolve to something he sees as a destroyer of the language. He has been around for some time and has been brought up on the language so he doesn’t want it to change. I personally think that he doesn’t want the world around him evolve and adopt a newer and easier language.

“If the recipient of the message has to spend ten minutes trying to translate it, those precious minutes are being wasted. And isn’t the whole point to ‘save’ time?” I found this from Humphrys’ article and I believe he is totally wrong. I believe this because, it doesn’t take 10 minutes as it could be an abrieviation. For example ‘omw’ is On my way and it is a simple text speech in which people automatically know. In my eyes it’s like learning a new language, at first it would long to learn and understand but once you understand it can be seconds after sending it I would understood.

Although, I can agree with a little of what John Humphrys says about text speech. After a while it starts to annoy me. I could be having a formal conversation with someone and then they start talking to me in text speech or in emoticons (emojis). The emojis have a different meaning to other people. People could perceive some of the text speech and the emojis differently. I also think I can be annoying when I start using text speech.

In conclusion, I have to disagree with Humphrys opinion because, in the past 8-9 years since Humphrys wrote this article, the English language has started its evolution to a easier language. The language has evolved to match the everyday lives and of the evolution of technology. As people’s lives have gotten busier, technology has evolved to cope and this means the everyday language of the people have evolved to cope. With people running to work in a rush they want to be able to message as quickly as possible and get a reply as quickly as possible too. I just believe that the English language has met its time to evolve like all the languages before it. I just think that if the world around us is evolving, I think everything should evolve with it.

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  1. Ronnie,

    In the first paragraph, you use the verb ‘talks’ does Humphrys talk or does he do something else?

    In your third paragraph, you imply that English is dying out and evolving. This is quite contradictory – which is it?

    Be sure that each paragraph is clearly responding to a different point taken from the original article – this will involve using a quotation and then exploring how the language is used to enhance meaning (or not).

    Here is a link to the original article