The Slow Death of the English Language

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The Slow Death of the English Language


While watching the news the other evening, I was astounded at the improper use of the English language. Sports reporters, news reporters, etc., have slipped into the abyss of grammatically incorrect use of so many different words and phrases. Here are some of the most frequently misused statements and words:

  • He had went. 
  • When they had came over.
  • Where is it at?                
  • Supposebly
  • IrregardlessSkull
  • Doing good
  • Orientate
  • Converstate


Sadly, I fear the proper use of our language is going to be a thing of the past. With the advent of texting, many young adults truly don't even know how to use much of our language properly. Being able to correctly communicate on a written level I believe, still has value.


I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject. I am personally sad in witnessing this slow death of our language. I guess I am just an old geezer! Ho hum!


Share some of your grammatical pet peeves below! This could be fun!


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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

WE have become sloppy and have lost respect for our language and selves

Jul 03, 2018 07:38 PM #1
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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Morning Paula.

I fear of what our country (if it survives), what it will look like in 20-30 years.  I know I won't be around to see it, however I do have great grand-kids.

Jul 04, 2018 02:28 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Paula... as someone whose first language was not English, this misuse of our language makes me nuts. I'm very much in your old geezer club. I also hate when people refer to other people as "that" instead of "who."

Jul 04, 2018 04:36 AM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

You can add it texting as an accelerant to the English language demise, too!

Jul 04, 2018 07:39 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Paula. The language is fine, but the users are lazy and uneducated. A big peeve of mine too.

Jul 04, 2018 10:04 AM #5
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, you named some good ones, Paula! The wrong use of their, they're and there drives me a little cuckoo!

Jul 17, 2018 08:07 PM #6
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
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Well said!  One that always gets me every time is Decimate which really only means to reduce by 10 percent.

Lately I am so sick of weather people stating the temperatures as "feels like".  Since when do reporters have to stray from facts and tell us what things feel like?   Let's stick to the actual temperatures please.

Jul 26, 2019 10:48 AM #7
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