Essay on The English Language Is A Bad Way

1214 Words Sep 19th, 2014 5 Pages
I think George Orwell made a good point when he said “the English language is in a bad way”. However in this generation it is not politics that is affecting our language; it is social media. Websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have all clearly made an impact on the way we speak and write the English language. Social media has become a quick and easy way to communicate. And while it may have its few benefits, it has definitely had its negative effects on society. Emoticons, acronyms, and re-appropriations are becoming a part of our everyday language and we don’t even realize it’s happening.
Brandwatch, a social media monitoring company, has “analyzed the effect of various social media sites on the English language to find that Twitter users are the most likely to deviate from correct spelling and grammar”(castleford.com). Some may argue that it is sheer incompetence of the writer that is causing these negative changes to occur in our language but Orwell says that “Modern English, especially written English, is full of bad habits which spread by imitation”. He goes on to say that these changes “can be avoided if one is willing to take the necessary trouble.” But there is the problem right there. People are not willing to go through the “necessary troubles”. Instead they are giving in to these changes and letting them become the social norms of the English language.
Emoticons and acronyms have become a nonverbal way for people to communicate without…

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