More Grandpa Davey Speaks
A Path with a Heart
A Stop at Willoughby
Can't Captue It
Invest in Yourself
Killing Me Softly
Leave it to Beaver
Lost in the Grand Canyon
Mind Over Temperature
Mother of all Storms
No Sense at All
Not Shadow People
Squirt Gets Run Over
The Cheapest Medicine
The Golden Calf
Ticket to Freedom
Two Types of Girls
Vaya Con Dios
Where's the Beef?
Worst Case Scenario
the evolution of language, words or phrases come into popular usage
and then fade back into obscurity. These changes happen with
such rapidity as to evidence an almost instantaneous collective
agreement to the new vernacular.
Some years ago I witnessed the strange birth of a new popular term.
The term was "absolutely"! What started out normal enough took
a turn for the unexplainable. We noticed the increasing
incidence of the word. In conversation, or on TV, we heard the
word over and over beyond any likely occurrence. This started
a game in our family where we would shout, "Absolutely!", every time
we heard it. This was a normal enough act of the collective
conscious. Where it got weird was when the word started
appearing with unnatural frequency in old (sometimes quite old)
movies and television shows.
Most would say that I became aware of what had already existed.
When one buys a new car, they become acutely aware of that same
model almost everywhere, where as before they saw them rarely.
We find what we look for. It was always there and we were to
preoccupied too look. I must state that this logic is bass
ackwards. Its proof is based on denial of observations.
Proof is based on repeated observations. I repeatedly observed
actions that defy accepted laws of physical reality. As such,
I cannot deny their occurrence. After all, what is more
illogical than physical reality? Enough of this altering the
past and denying a physical universe stuff. Let's get back to the
topic of the day, normal collective consciousness and its effect on language.
For a brief period the word "metaphor" gained a ridiculous
popularity on television. This revived the shout, "Metaphor,"
game. To this day it remains in our annals of family fun.
The current word of interest is the word "too". Unlike the
other words, it is not overused, it is disappearing. My first
encounter was a placard posted on a forklift. The notice
warned operators to drive slowly because of "to much foot traffic".
I dismissed this as the lack of spelling discipline in such a laid
back community. Next the word permeated the internet.
Then again I excused it too computer typing habits. Still it
occurred on thoughtful commentary where the writers would not want
to be ridiculed as to their intelligence level. Finally I
could not deny it any longer when I saw a blog entry by my own,
college educated and raised by her mother and me, daughter in which she
misused the word to too! Incredibly, last night, I read the credits
to a YouTube video. It read (and I quote) "Special Thanks Too"
and a list of the participants of the film.
Maybe by the time you read this, it will make know cents to you
because the language will be forever altered.
Later in the evening after publishing this article, we were watching
an Alfred Hitchcock Presents on TV.com. Lo and behold, the
main character, a man rejected by the school teacher, leaves a
threatening note for her to see on the blackboard which reads "I'll git you to!".
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Title: The Belfry (season 1, episode 33)
Originally aired on May 13, 1956