Is it my imagination but is there a growing movement to eviscerate and disembowel the English language?
I appreciate that language has to evolve and have no problems with that.
After all, rather than describe something as a little contraption with four or more propellers that flies by remote control, it is indeed easier to call it a drone. Fifty years ago, a drone would have been my French teacher, but times must move on.
I have noticed a trend in advertising lately to come up with what they presumably consider very catchy, extremely clever use of words. They come up with lines such as “discover me happy” or “bring great together” which mean absolutely nothing apart from leaving us thinking what the fuck was that? If I buy a car that “owns the road” does it entitle me to order everyone else off that road? No it fucking doesn’t. In actual fact I haven’t clue what it does mean. I don’t know what any of them mean and I just underline my resolve never to purchase from those idiots.
I was watching a thing the other night. It was one of those tedious chat shows that Herself likes. In the course of the conversation one of the speakers used the word “mansplaining”. She placed no emphasis on the word but it pierced my ears like a rusty needle. What the fuck is “mansplaining”?
I looked it up on the Interwebs – “to comment on or explain something to a woman in a condescending, overconfident, and often inaccurate or oversimplified manner.” Now this is, by context, an abomination of a word dreamed up by some hairy legged, dungaree wearing feminist as an apparent insult to men. The word “patronising” or even “condescending” would be perfectly adequate here but obviously the inventor of the word had either an IQ in single figures or was totally illiterate and thought she would dream up a clever catchy word that all her feminista pals could use. I would also point out that it is extremely sexist, which is something I thought the feminista brigade were dead against?
On the subject of feminism, Darren pointed me at a video yesterday [thanks Darren].
Well worth a few minutes