There are few things that bother me about the modern usage of language.
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Apparently, it's not good enough for something to be "good": things have to be "awesome", "amazing" or "a freaking masterpiece!" to appeal in the least to an onlooker; "outstanding", "extraordinary" and "superb" would rarely do. Conversely, when something is bad, it's rarely "bad": it's "ratchet", "awful", "terrible" or "disgusting", or even "fucking horrible" (people sometimes refer from swearing when they intend to express a compliment, and vice versa).
"Awesome" in particular got one of the worst loss of character of them all: one does no longer sound sincere when, standing on top of a mountain and seeing clearly the vast lands the nature has put up, the beauty of the sky beneath and the warm radiation of the Sun, they express the awe they experience in what used to be one of the simplest yet most profound ways the English language has ever devised. Other words of the same scheme sound just fine, the way one could expect them to sound: "tiresome", "cumbersome", "fearsome" - they have some pathos, they're on their way to grandness of the condition they express. "Awesome", on the other hand, is bland, tasteless. If today's "awesome" was a person, it would have no opinion of its own, only cheering for the causes invoked by others. It would work in a cubicle in a gigantic office building for minimun wage and never do anything to alleviate its condition, only sobbing shamefully for a bit when no one is looking.
When did we grow so needy? How come "good" no longer enough for the majestic us to feed upon?
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Today's language is marked severely by thoughtless consumption of ideas produced by others in order to appear "in the crowd" with the surprisingly outspoken communities that can't seem to filter their thoughts into what should be said and what shouldn't, as if it's a state to be proud of. People aren't afraid to get sick but are brought on their knees by so much as the idea of people not appreciating them, not liking them, not giving them the attention they want and need. I can't find a reason to have "ratchet" in my vocabulary (damnation upon you, goo: I feel bad knowing this word after your post) when there are so many beautiful words in the English language that most nobody seems to be using: "redolence", "eon", "ephemeral", "iridescence" and "luminescence", "epiphany", "solitude", "eloquience"... A list that may be forever continued, for words are inevitably created in any living language. Why not create words that balm the soul rather than scratch it? Why use the latter, either?
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In the modern language, honesty is often absent. We're taught to be nice, to not say harsh things - "bad" things - so that others wouldn't have to bear discomfort of having their flaws called. We're taught that it's good to not be offensive because people will like us more for it. Often, people who are hurt by such call-outs preach the manner more - and more enjoy it taking place. Those are the same people who cause disarray of other people's minds, seed ignorance and helplessness and project own desires upon others. It's not to say you have to be rude to other - remember the golden rule - but keep an eye out and don't be afraid to speak up when someone does something destructive without any constructivity following: those who support it will oppose you most vocally.
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"I really felt that - I mean, really. It was like, honestly, a thousand bombs have exploded. I was literally torn to pieces. I was like, dead. I literally died". As if trying to persuade yourself about how terrible it really was and not believing yourself - rightfully.
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For a fan of language that I am, most of it makes no sense. I was - and am sometimes still - guilty of some of the charges, but even while under the spell I can't for the live of me comprehend why is it so attractive. It's clear that the overall dynamic of the homo sapiens sapiens is to move forward with out thinking - then why some of the simple and basic ideas still stand?
Such oppositiong to reason when it comes to language irritates me sometimes, despite myself knowing how imperfect humans are. It's a tool to express ourselves, and like any innate tool of ours, it works both ways: you shape it and it shapes you. Certainly, human beings are not the most reasonable creatures of Earth - we're still mostly driven by our emotions despite seeming so intelligent with our technological progress - but in the age of information and such a deep knowledge of what makes a person - both from ancient wisdom and scientific findings of psychology - shouldn't we strive towards a more educated position?