Tuesday, 17 April 2018

The last laugh

I wonder, do we all get to a stage in life when the vocabulary of the self obsessed younger generation begins to sound ridiculous, as the lack of our comprehension and intolerance of this over empowered breed increases with our ageing days: or is it just me? 

For example: "I was like" is now used as part of their sentence construction and is, just so like out of context: the rant continues.

I was like, so angry. 
No, no, no, you were either angry or you were not angry.

Can I get a glass of wine? 
No, you can not get it, the bar tender is there to serve you.

OMG, I was so but, yeah.
What the bloody hell is that one about?


The Last Laugh

Reading a book in a trendy café
Hand wrapped around a steaming latte;
Mochas, Cappuccinos, whatever next,
Those trendy drinks can make me so vexed.

Huddled at a table some youngsters sat,
And then she said, how cool is that,
Oh my god, is that the latest smart phone
It’s so like, can I get one of my own.

To me, it often makes no sense at all,
English is becoming quite farcical,
I try to keep up with the latest fads,
When did I turn into my dear old dad?

I may be old but I can hold in a fart
And when I can’t, I’ll have the last laugh.

Julian Clarke © 2018

26 comments:

  1. Someone I admire greatly once said, "Language doesn't so much evolve as it mutates."

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    1. It certainly does, Magaly; thank you for your comments

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  2. I wondered when i too became too old to know or care what the latest sayings were.....this was great fun to read!!

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed it, Donna.

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  3. I know exactly what you mean. I worry about the survival of the English language. What will their children speak?

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  4. May I went with please but Can I? - the answer was always 'I am sure you can - you look able enough'. I too utterly dislike the 'like' interspersion of speech - are we being prepared to converse with robots? Keep carping with the last laugh

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to leave comments and they are appreciated, as always.

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  5. Ha.. I wonder too, but mostly in Swedish of course... but I think language is always changing, maybe for the sole purpose of us all feeling old.

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  6. I agree with Laura! The English language these days is being ruined by youngsters and their obsession with 'slang'.. oh the horror!!

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  7. What gets me is when bad means good and so does sick!

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  8. Had a fun time reading this :) So true, it keeps evolving...for better or worse..that unfolds with time.

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  9. Yup, you're getting old, cranky and crazy. If it's any indication about me... I understood what you wrote and agreed : )
    ZQ

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    1. Ha ha! you sound like my good lady, she tells me I'm getting cranky with age. Thank you for your comments.

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  10. You're so right. Today's youth is always on their phone, talking and texting in their own slang. You captured today's culture well. Thank you for visiting Magic of Words. 😊

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  11. Veeeeeery fuuuuunyyy!!!! I feel the same. A punchy poem.

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  12. When I get too dismayed at the oddities displayed by the youth of today, I think back to when I was young and laugh. 80's slang wasn't much better and at least today's youth have the good sense to stay away from fluorescent nylon track suits.

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  13. Don't worry. History repeats itself. These youngsters will be saying the same things about their children's slang. Hopefully, English will survive.

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  14. Oh I agree Julian... English is dying a slow, painful death and I think we have a whole new generation that cannot write at all, they're so used to typing and now even worse, voice commands.

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  15. Agree
    The corruption of a beautiful language is upsetting to witness.
    Pleased to hear you have your wind emission apparatus under control LOL
    So, have you noticed how every sentence now begins with "So"
    So, why do you think that is?
    So, what's your problem?
    So, how come former cool people turn into crotchety grumps?
    So, like it must be an old age thing.
    So, like maybe we should put old people on ice floats and send them out to sea.
    So, perhaps this comment could be categorised as spittle flecked rant:)

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    1. Ha ha! don't start me off on...So. Nice rant though, Rall. As always your remarks are appreciated. Emission apparatus, funny.

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  16. Richard Fleming25 April 2018 at 16:18

    Brilliant, Julian. That was like, so true!

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    1. Argh! it either was true or was not true, it can NOT be like so true. Ha ha! thank you for you remarks, Richard. Much appreciated.

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