Available Now
MetroKids
Jan 6, 2014
06:00 AM
MomSpeak

Speak English!

Speak English!

The demise of the English language is no laughing matter, in fact it's becoming a "maj epi" ( major epidemic). This deliberate destruction of words is an all-out crime.

If you don't share your home with tweens or teens, you may not even be aware of what is happening.

Exhibit A: The word "ratchet." Do you realize that kids these days have taken what was once an innocent-enough tool and turned it into an adjective? And not in a good way. Scroll through any preteen's Instagram account and you're sure to find at least one self-described "ratchet"-looking selfie.

"Tots adorbs," "cra" and "maj" are a few more examples of words of newly invented phrases that leave in their wake a string of massacred words. ("Totally adorable," "crazy" and "major.")

As is the way with teenagers, my cries have gone unheard. I've pleaded with them and their friends to no avail. So instead, I have found another solution.

I joined them.

Offering my own 40-something interpretation to this English language massacre makes them cringe. As they and their friends pile into my minivan I blurt out things like, '"How was the movie?" "Was it cra?" "Did you girls eat mad popcorn, doe?" "Holla, selfies for days."

Their response?

Silence.

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em (or at least embarrass them).

Shivaun Williams is a Bucks County, PA writer and mom of three. This post is adapted from her blog, Dar Liomsa (In My Opinion).

Add your comment:
Advertisement

About This Blog

Outstanding Delaware Valley mom bloggers share insights about their kids or themselves, family experiences or ways they handled parenting situations. Their items — often reposted from their blogs — reflect everyday experiences that anyone can relate to rather than political viewpoints or belief systems.

MomSpeak Contributors

Trish Adkins, Yoke
Jennifer Auer, Jersey Family Fun
Stacy Heenan Biscardi, Wifty & Shifty
Hillary Chybinski, My Scraps
EJ Curran, Four Little Monsters
Darla DeMorrow, The Pregnant Entrepreneur
Rachée Fagg, Say It Rah-Shay
Raya Fagg, And Starring As Herself…MRSRFKJ
Erin Flynn Jay, Mastering the Mommy Track
Marion Kase, Helicopter-Caterpillar
Jean Ladden, Jean's Book Reviews
Brie Latini, ( . . . a breezy life)
Toni Langdon, Tickles and Time Outs
Lisa Lightner, A Day in Our Shoes
Jeanine Ludwikowski, Mommy Entourage
Jeanne McCullough, Mom Hearts Pinot
Trina O'Boyle, O’Boy! Organic
Kelly Raudenbush, My Overthinking
Sandra Telep, West Philly Mama
Marissa Kiepert Truong, Land of Once Upon a Time
Lisa Weinstein, The Mixed Up Brains of Lisa Weinstein
Shivaun Williams, Dar Liomsa (In My Opinion)
Paige Wolf, Spit That Out!

If you are a Philadelphia-area mom blogger and would like to contribute to MomSpeak, please e-mail editor@metrokids.com.

 

More on this topic »Mom Matters

Birth Stories

Birth Stories

MK readers and Facebook friends celebrate Mother's Day by sharing their birth stories.

More on this topic »Mom's Health

Maternity Leave: A Timeline

How to prepare for as much maternity leave as you're entitled to, so you can devote all your time off to your newborn, not your job

MK Memo

MK Memo: Moms Know
Raising Charitable Children

Raising Charitable Children

Everyday opportunities for parents to teach charity and kindness to children

Comments

July 2014 Preview

July 2014 Preview

What's in MetroKids July 2014 issue, including 6ABC Action News reporter Nydia Han at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Comments

Win Prizes with 72 Days of Summer Fun

Win Prizes with 72 Days of Summer Fun

What to expect from MetroKids' 72 Days of Summer Fun contest

Comments

What's New at the Franklin Institute

What's New at the Franklin Institute

An overview of the new exhibits at the Franklin Institute's Karabots Pavilion

Comments

Father's Day: The Step Game Legacy

Father's Day: The Step Game Legacy

When a dad's favorite game can grow kids' emotional and social development

Comments