July 15, 2002

Right Words Today I

Right Words

Today I have spent some time wandering around the world of bloggers to get a perspective of what others are writing about, taking a sampling of their styles, observing how each taylors their weblog to reflect their personalities (as far as a remote viewer can tell).

Impression: I am struck by the language, the word choice: particularly by those who write for a living, or profess to desire to write more, to become writers, and so on. The majority of visited logs this morning, by chance, were written by females. At least 40% of those I visited have chosen to use the "F" word in their weblog writings in a most gratuitous manner. I find this disappointing. Color me an old frump.

I am not a prude, nor am I a sailor. I confess to resorting to the use of short gutteral words at moments when it is desired that I impart the maximum injury or express the vilest of hatred or anger toward another person. I am not proud of this. I have always considered those who use 'foul language' on a routine, everyday basis to be substituting armed and deadly words as a way of compensating for their lack of expressing their feelings more precisely. I am disappointed with myself when I resort to the 'vulgar'.

Lack of education or abiility is certainly not the case with the ladies of which I speak. I do not know if the increasingly widespread use of the "F" word (if this rise is indeed more than my imagination or a non-random sampling) is a sign of communications laziness; a concession, a colloquialism, if you will, in order to fit in with their anticipated readership, 'bless their little hearts'; or a sign of yet another ramping down of our standards of acceptable and appropriate language among our educated young men and ladies.

Pardon me, but I am enough of an old far...er, am old fashioned enough...to have particularly higher expectations of the ladies. Please: Don't lower your standards as a way of 'keeping up' with the men.

Posted by fred1st at July 15, 2002 03:52 PM
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