Dear Dr. Julie-Ann,
Do you think social media, tv shows, movies, and music have destroyed language? Just when I think I understand the latest slang, it is already out of style and I have to learn new words and what they mean. And don’t get me started on things like “ur” instead of “your” showing up in the emails from my students and their parents. And when did it become okay to drop f-bombs and the c-word in average conversations?
What advice to have for teaching my children to be good communicators?
I am right with you regarding the current state of our linguistic interactions. It seems to me that people are suffering from lousy, lazy language and say things that don’t really make sense, such as “have a good one.” For example, I was buying my lunch from the sandwich shop next door to my office recently. The total came to $7.53. I handed the young man a $10 bill and said that I also had 3¢ to give him. He responded, “No problem.” I’ll admit that, after having refused his persistent upselling once too many times, I was a bit snarky when I said, “Of course it isn’t a problem! It makes counting out change easier!” (I immediately felt guilty and apologized and he just looked at me as if I’d grown antlers or something)