Of the English language, I mean.
In case you haven’t noticed, I have quite a few American writer buddies. In complete jest, discussions of their bastardisation of the English language have taken place between us, with their digs over my uses of ‘whilst’ and ‘arse’ and ‘judder’, and mine in return about how they only lose letters from their words in hope of using less energy when speaking them … but it would appear said American friends are no longer the biggest bastardisers of them all**.
Yep, I now have bigger fish to fry.
And that bigger fish comes in the form of my 15 year old son—and possibly other teenagers, too.
You see, during a conversation with my son one evening, whilst (<<slipped it in 😉 ) I was being my usual witty self, my son responded with: “Heh, LOL.”
Yes, rather than bothering to laugh when he found what I had to say amusing, the actual sound: loll came out of his mouth.
My response pretty much went along the lines of: “Oh, my God! You did not just LOL at me!”
For some reason, he then found me even funnier.
Damn, people! What is happening to the youth of today?
To make matters worse, ‘Essex speak’ is spreading like a viral wildfire, and infecting a whole lot of areas other than those for which it began, too.
Of course, I think I shall 100% blame X-Factor contestant Rylan Clark (I love you really, Rylan; you’re a hoot). I’m pretty sure he has started a nationwide trend set—possibly promoted in part by how taken a certain judge was by it all. 😉
Because all over my Christmas break, any time I mentioned that my son had Maltesers when I didn’t, or sweeties when I didn’t, or [insert confectionary of choice] when I didn’t (what? I didn’t have hardly any edible goodies over the break!), his response was: “Are you jell, Mum?” Or, on occasion: “Jelly?”
I can only imagine what on earth is going to bleed into speech next.
Who else has noticed the higher invasion of ‘text talk’ and regional slang in speech?
**Disclaimer: no offense is intended by this blog post. It was written in a light-hearted manner, and I hope it will be taken as such.