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  • #595913
    observanteen
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    My teacher told us she gets terribly annoyed with our language. She said we’d better cut the words “thingy, like, whatever, um,” etc out of our dictionary. She claimed that teens don’t use a normal vocabulary nowadays and it’s terribly hard to lead an intelligent discussion with them due to this “craziness”. What do you think?

    #752600

    I understand your teacher. I’m way out of my teen years and still need to get the whatevers out of my vernacular.

    #752601
    eclipse
    Member

    I think it’s totally true.I am glad I grew up in the 80s.

    #752602
    ZeesKite
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    Let me try being serious, for a change. As I wrote elsewhere, language, speech define a person. Using lackluster vocabulary will give the user a similar type of lifestyle. Learning to be careful in speech will definitely better the person.

    Again, not stepping on any of our Chosheve CR psychologists, doctors, PhDs etc. toes, that’s how it appears to me.

    #752603
    s2021
    Member

    nah..its normall. As soon as u turn 20 it goes away.

    #752604

    So slang is like a form of acne?

    #752605
    Shticky Guy
    Participant

    I think it’s totally true

    …er does someone want their screenname restoring…??? 🙂

    #752606
    hanib
    Participant

    well, like, i don’t know, if it goes away, you know what i mean, well, whatever….

    #752607
    wanderingchana
    Participant

    As soon as you, like, realize how totally awesome it is to be taken seriously by, like, adults, you’ll agree…

    #752608
    willi
    Member

    The overused “like like like” is annoying. “whatever” is here to stay though, & “um” is universal, just with different vowels sometimes.

    #752609
    nishtdayngesheft
    Participant

    Such language is often the result of not stopping for a moment to think what you are about to say and thus need to fill the empty space with a meaningless filler word.

    #752610
    ItcheSrulik
    Member

    As far as I’m concerned, that language is the number one argument against socializing with girls, and it applies to girls too!

    #752611

    when i say whatever im really saying that theres a lot more story behind what im saying whatever about that i would like to spare you from having to listen to a drasha about. (do i make myself clear? lol) Happy now?

    #752612
    oomis
    Participant

    I am with Zeeskite. Proper use of language DOES often affect our perception of a person’s intelligence, sometimes unfairly. We are becoming a nation of inarticulate people. We have dumbed-down curriculae, allowed many people who have no basic spelling and grammatical skills to teach our next generation of students, who will likewise have poor language skills, and we have encouraged the use of “fillers” in normal conversation, in place of real thought and verbal expression.

    I really have trouble when someone is speaking and repeatedly says, “you know,” “like,” “um,” and the ubiquitious “whatever.” Those are poor substitutes for expressing oneself. There was a time when elocution was part of the subjects taught in school, and I think it is time to bring that subject back. (“Elocution??? Didn’t Ben Franklin discover that?”)

    #752613
    aries2756
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    It is a sign of immaturity to use “like and um” and it shows that you have taken notice and worked on yourself when you drop it from your vocabulary.

    Whatever is another word that is used to “dis” people. “whatever” pushes people away and basically says “I don’t care”.

    #752614
    ZeesKite
    Participant

    oomis1105; aries2756: I did write “not stepping on the professionals’ toes, didn’t I?

    #752615
    Sister Bear
    Member

    I always do it!!!!!!! (My father HATES it!!!!) Because I have no idea how to express whatever I want to say. When I write though, I NEVER put in like, um, whatever…

    #752616
    ZeesKite
    Participant

    Sister Bear: Can’t understand. Why would you want to do something that your father HATES? (Why are you proud of it?) Am I missing something? (people close to me say I’m missing a lot)

    #752617
    popa_bar_abba
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    I think the teacher is being ridiculous.

    It is totally harmless, and you will grow out if it.

    Tell her to “get a life. like, or something.”

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