It really irks me that there are so many people in this country that can’t or won’t speak the language. Now, I’m not talking about some foreigner that’s been in the country for 2 weeks and can’t speak English very well yet. That is fully understandable. I’m talking about people who willingly and purposefully destroy the English language because they think it’s cool.
Major example: Ebonics. This has got to be one of the worst things that have happened to the English language since |33t. (And if you can read that word, “leet”, short for “elite”, you know exactly what I’m talking about.) Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t have any issue with black (African American) people. I dislike all ignorance with equal vigor. It’s nothing personal. What I hate are people who think that the marring of our country’s language makes them somehow more distinct and cooler than the rest of us. It doesn’t. It makes you sound like a complete moron. I mean, do people ever stop to think about the way they sound? And the only thing that sounds more ignorant than a black person using Ebonics, is a white person using Ebonics. That is truly sad. Someone who is so embarrassed by their own race that they will sound like an uneducated buffoon in an attempt to fit in and be cool. Give me a break.
No matter who you are, or where you’re from, there is no such thing as a “hizouse”, and saying things like “I’m gonna take muh boo out in muh hooptie an get some dome” just makes you sound like a total idiot. (Just for the record, Snoop Dog did not invent the use of “izzle”, Frankie Smith started it in the 80’s.) People can not really be that stupid, can they? Intelligent people do not use this kind of language. Intelligent people are usually appalled by this kind of language. Is it really so hard to speak like you have a brain? Is it really so uncool to use the language as it was intended, and not make up nonsense words and basically create a whole nonsense language?
And don’t even get me started on leet speak. 1 ¥0µ (4|..| ®34Ð 7|-|1$, ¥0µ ®34££¥ |..|33Ð 70 937 £41Ð. Enough said. (And just for the record, I can’t write leet, I had to Google that.)
Basic point of this rant: You have a brain. Try to sound like you have a brain. Stay in school, don’t ditch your English classes. And if you’re out there gritting your teeth daily because a friend or family member uses Ebonics or Leet: Buy them a book. Convince them to help you with your English homework. Refuse to talk to them unless they speak coherent English. Or if you’re really mean, mock them incessantly until they finally get a clue.
One should also realize, that heavy slang and the use of nonsense words are going to make you look less intelligent to your peers and to employers. You are seriously impeding your future by using this language. Granted, there are people out there that think speaking clearly makes a person sound “uppity” or condescending, but those are simply people without the intelligence to understand what the other person is saying.