Musings of a Homemaker – Houghton Lake Resorter Newspaper
Strolling down our lane
one may be overwhelmed by the aroma of lilacs and apple blossoms. Tiny pink flowers nod gently in the spring breezes.
When lilac bushes appear in a vacant field, we know an old Michigan farm once stood nearby.
We are careless with adjectives;
lovely, cute and sweet.
When something is found worthy of a special description,
words are used
in a careless fashion.
They are overdone and unimpressive.
Have we become a nation of adjective droppers?
Little girls are sweet and cars are sweet.
Dresses are sweet.
Fishing rods are sweet. Sugar is sweet
The weather is lovely.
Your wife is lovely.
Children are lovely.
Dinner is lovely.
Freckles are cute.
Puppies are cute.
Babies are cute.
Everything is sweet, cute and lovely.
WHERE’S THE BEEF?
Teen-agers are sometimes
We may have delinquent taxes.
Senior citizens may have
Gray haired people may be
Adjectives can become
bruised, broken and meaningless.
Let’s save them for another day.
(This all seemed like a good idea in 1964)
Where are we now?
What happened to the adjectives?
They were sweet, cute and lovely.
Now it’s PC…G….and LOL.
It may be ESP and APP.
We are politically correct.
Or are we?
Oh, and by the way, we type “PC” for “politically correct” now.
Those in the know understand
what we mean.
We type G for “grin.” LOL
means “laugh out loud.”
ESP Stands for
COOL for “good,
and up to date”.
A perfectly wonderful language
has been simplified
Children in elementary school are not being taught cursive writing. Much of their writing is unreadable.
Making matters worse,
many young people
cannot “read” cursive writing.
Think about it!
The United States Constitution
was produced in cursive writing.
President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
was written by him, as the story goes, in cursive writing,
as he was seated on a train
on his way to Gettysburg.
Why have we decided
to avoid teaching cursive writing
to generations of young Americans
who will never be able to read
those original, historical papers?
In response to questioning,
a teacher informed me,
“Within ten years
no one will be using handwriting.
Everyone will be using computers.”
Think of the handwriting experts
who will be unemployed.
(That’s a joke.)
With this information in mind,
the overuse of “adjectives ” becomes cute and darling.
You can now describe almost anything at all
with the terms, “sweet and lovely,”
for those over-used adjectives of the past, may have become the only remaining,
Our English language
is bruised and broken.
It has been transformed into
Bring back the adjectives.
Bring the verbs and the adverbs.
I long for them.
Is it just me?
Photography By Mary Anne Tuck