John McWhorter gives an interesting and engaging Ted Talk about texting and how many bemoan the way in which texting is dumbing us down. Well, not me. I don't text. https://www.ted.com/talks/john_mcwhorter_txtng_is_killing_language_jk?language=en Although, now that I am following those butterflies (my super cute phrase for dating), I have started texting. However, I am a one-fingered texter … Continue reading Texting and the Decline of Language (Or Is It?)
I decided eight weeks ago that I would pursue an MA in English for three different reasons. The first is that I am a single mother, and during the weekends when my children are away, I find myself under the covers "binge-racing" series after series. I decided I needed forced structure in the form of … Continue reading What Makes A Word Realz?
“Make it new!” That was the rallying cry of Ezra Pound harkened to by young artists of the early twentieth century. This period would later be coined “modern” due to the rapid advancement in industry, technology, science, and women’s liberation among other things. Western civilization was pulsating with electricity. Life of the modern man was … Continue reading The Fractured Form of Eliot’s Ellipsis
I am not prejudice but I do have prejudices. Language prejudice is one. I grew up a minority in a group of minorities, my neighborhood being predominantly African American with a few Vietnamese and Hispanics. While striving earnestly not to develop prejudices, in the end it is inevitable that some will arise. This is not … Continue reading Language Prejudice