Now I don’t know about you but I speak English, it may not be the best English but it is English none the less and I hope to continue speaking English until I die.
However our children and it seems an ever larger number of the youth of today are veering away from English and taking up speaking American of all things.
So many words are being waylaid; movie for film, candy for sweets, garbage for rubbish, principal for headmaster, cookies for biscuits, to name but a few.
I blame British television or indeed the lack of it for the decline in the use of proper English, where I might ask are the English programmes, all our children watch are mostly American.
The only time you see proper English spoken on television is when they put one of the fabulous period dramas on for a few weeks on a Sunday evening and yes, I know I’m a Luddite, but if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.
I’m sure when the Pilgrim Fathers left these shores for a better life in the Colonies we were speaking the same language, what on earth went wrong, perhaps they were too busy concentrating on the religious side of things to bother speaking properly.
I realise that language evolves but it should be for the better and I myself have used many modern words, for example Fab which I use on a regular basis.
However I would justify my use of the word by pointing out that it was originally derived from 15th century Latin, Fabulosus, ( from a fable or story) and even the popularised Fab only came into use in the late 50’s early 60’s, so not too modern then.
I wonder if you were to ask the Americans what language do they think they are speaking, American, or English very badly, what their answer might be?
Still as I have said language does evolve so perhaps there is sliver of hope, would it be possible I wonder, that the American language could evolve and go full circle and emerge as perfect Received Pronunciation English.
I won’t hold my breath waiting, but you never know.