Full stops are ‘intimidating’ Gen Zers and are being ‘revised’, linguists say…

… just like ‘racist’ maths & the white supremacism of proper spelling.

 

Full stops are ‘intimidating’ Gen Zers and are being ‘revised’, linguists say… just like ‘racist’ maths & proper spelling
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For a long time I believed that to be accepted by the ‘liberal’ left, that mix of authoritarian socialists, quasi – religious atheists and racist progressives these days one had to be either insane or retarded. However, the past few months have taught me that to be accepted into the cohorts of the ‘woke’  it is necessary to be both insane AND retarded.

One of the ideas straight out of George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” that proves my point is the “woke” culture’s embracing of an idea created by the Big Brother rergime that the novelist calls Newspeak. This is a policy of limiting language in a way which makes the expression of dissent from Big Brother’s dictum impossible. Words that can be used to describe ideas or criticism of the regime are banned and non conformity is enforced by The Thought Police whose technology which, though described in ways that seem clunky to us (1984 was written in the years immediately after World War 2,) accurately predict the technological surveillance now operated by governments in collaboration with Silicon Valley tech giants through internet technologies.

And we have observed how the “woke” generation and their cancel culture have been proscribing certain words and banning certain topics in order to suppress discussion and critisism of their ideas. No surprise then that the latest nonsense to emerge from that festering sewer of ‘progressive’ idea, the university system is an attack on spelling and grammar, which if suggessful would rob language of nuance and subtlety and render everything we read as wooden and devoid of expression as the text of a Bill Gates speech.

A full stop, or period as America has it, ending a sentence, is a sign of ‘aggression’ to the hyper-sensitive generation raised with cell phone in hand, according to linguists working in the university system’s linguistics community who would presumably prefer we communicate icons and emojis.

Ending a message with a stop has come to “signify an abrupt or angry tone of voice” to Generation Z, some linguists claim, arguing that in the era of ubiquitous texting and instant messaging, full stops are no longer necessary to merely indicate the end of a sentence. Which is utter bollocks of course because text messages are an abbreviated form that does not use properly constructed sentences.

An idea’s conclusion is implied by the end of the message, they insist (because nobody communicates in more than one sentence at a time anymore, apparently – you just hit ‘send’ and start a new message). When full stops are used, they’re supposedly interpreted as “ominous” or emotionally charged by the hyper-sensitive young people reading the message.

Well that’s fine for the illeterate fuckwits spewed out by modern universities, but some of us still like to READ long texts. Novels, biographies, books on history, travel, science and philosophy. Try writing that sort of thing when you have to replace grammar and punctuation with signifiers of emotions and see how far you get.

The full stop’s use is being “revised in a really fundamental way,” Professor David Crystal, billed by the UK Telegraph as “one of the world’s leading language experts,”alleges. It’s no longer about ending a sentence but about an “emotion marker,” he says. This is even “backed up by science” – a 2015 Binghamton University study found college students perceive text messages ending in a full stop as being “less sincere” than those without one.

Well we all knew modern students are infantile idiots but I suppose information like that strengthens the case.

It is easy to attribute this supposed aversion to definitive sentence endings to the wilting mindset of Generation Snowflake, university educated young adults who demand both literal and metaphorical safe spaces where they can be sure they will never encounter anything that might offend their delicate sensibilities, although how they will cope with the rude brutality of the real world when they eventually emerge into it is going to be amusing to observe, but the elevation of generational sensitivities over linguistic coherence is part of a more ominous trend.

The far left wankers woke academics running the English Department at Rutgers University, USA are staging a full frontal assault on grammar, having somehow managaged to convince themselves that the linguistic rules which are essential if we are to make sense of each other’s speech are somehow a kind of colonialism.

There’s a campaign in Seattle (where the idea of winding up the police force because law and order is racist has recently been popular,) to ditch the notion of “teaching” altogether, led by an ethnic studies educator who argues her colleagues have no business teaching little Johnny that 2+2=4 because arithmetic has been used to “marginalize people of color.”

The University of Washington issued a statement back in 2017 cautioning professors against expecting perfect spelling from their students, declaring“there is no inherent ‘standard’ of English.” Maybe at the coming elections the good people of washington State and it’s largest city, Seattle, could vote to defund the university.

We’re still a few years out from Orwell’s Newspeak, which used an ever-dwindling vocabulary to control thought (although with dictionaries hastily redefining words from ‘racism’ to ‘woman’, it may be closer than we think), but the incoherent Babel that would result if every social group – racial, ethnic, age, gender, and so on – had its own rules of speaking and writing what is supposedly the same language is a very real threat. There are few quicker ways to atomize a population than preventing them from communicating, and with literacy rates declining across the UK and US alike, a future where the tightly-controlled emoji library becomes the lingua franca isn’t unrealistic.

Come to think of it, the idea is not unlike the Indo – European proto language that neolithic clan members in the fertile cresent fom the Indus Valley to the Balkans used to communicate around 8000 years ago. Yes, that’s real progress, led by the reality denying idiots who teach in out universities.

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One of my favourite comedians of recent years is the very talented and very funny Reginald D Hunter, a black American from the deep south, who probably knows more about racism than all of us a blog.co.uk put together.

Reg is currently copping a lot of flak from The Politically Correct Though Police for using the n – word in his stand-up performance in front of an audience of Professional Footballers. (Now the more alert and less hysterically P C of you might have noticed that these days many Professional Footballers tend to be – ummm – just a tad dark skinned.

Reg uses the n-word liberally in his act, reflecting the way black people in the south east of the U S A speak to each other. It brings some reality in to his comedy, not that the lefties complaining about Hunter’s language would recognise reality if it ran up to them and pulled their collective pisser (or tickled their collective tits, I have to say for the sake of gender equality).

The comedian also told jokes about Jews, women and Ireland. Now, the PFA is demanding its five-figure fee back (underlining what we all knew, that football is run by cupid stunts). Outraged members of the media chatterati (who never have never ben nearer to football than the time they attended a Victoria Beckham fashion show) are accusing Hunter of setting back the cause of anti-racism in football.

A more-hysterical-than-usual Guardian writer says Hunter has made it that bit more difficult to “kick racism out of football” because in the future racist fans might defend their use of the n-word on the basis that “Hunter said it”. Guardian writers are cupid stunts and possibly the only people who know less about football than the cupid stunts who run the game. Go into any northern pub (well except for those in Cheshire maybe) and you will soon understand football supporters need no encouragement from Reg. D. hunter to use offensive language.

Ah but the only way a Guardian writer would ever enter is northern put is if they were the filling in a Holland’s meat pie.

Are these fucking fuckwits serious? Complaining about Hunter’s gags shows how crazy and disconnected from reality the culture of political correctness has become. Specifically it shows how PC treats words themselves as evil, as charged with a magical power to do harm and cause pain regardless of the context in which they are spoken. It is like Orwellian newspeak, a belief that if language is stripped of the words to express and idea the idea can be mutilated.

Is that really so? Will banning one (or two or three) words really grant racial equality to a bunch of mud hut dwelling vagina mutilators. (I only said that to prove you don’t have use the forbidden words to be racially offensive, not all African societies practice FGM.)

Hunter is himself black, and was using the n-word ironically and wittily, and was doing so in front of a seated audience of Amarni-clad millionaire footballers and their bosses rather than in front of a braying mob of Union Jack T shirt wearing, shaven – headed bastards with British bulldogs tattooed on their butt ends, still he stands accused inciting racism.

In the words of a writer for the Independent who was at the PFA dinner, “a racial slur is a racial slur”. That is, Hunter might have thought he was making a few funny, close-to-the-bone observations but in fact he was behaving in a racist manner according to a person who writes for The Independent, a newspaper not as wholly given over to outbursts of self righteous, left wing cuntiness as is The Guardian but getting there.

Surely in order to make a “racial slur”, you have be a) racist and b) intending to make a slur? And do these high priests of Political Correctness actually understand what “racism” really means.

Not in the world of Politically Correct thinking you don’t. In the left’s ecstacies of self loathing, the context in which words are spoken, and the intention and meaning behind them, are meaningless. Lefties (who are actually fascists but too cowardly to admit it) lack the imagination to handle context, their inflexible minds need rules (Orwellianization again) So to have a black comedian say the n-word for very obvious laughs is apparently the same thing as having a white racist shout the n-word in the face of a black man or woman. Das word ist verboten. In a free, liberal society you must never question authority.

And of course we must never ask who elected these moral fascists as arbiters of our mores and values.

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The Dreaded P Word ( Language )

Although the word is rarely heard in everyday language these days it describes one of the more unpleasant traits of the Anglo – Saxon character. Unfortunately this personal quality is alive and well and hiding out in underground suburbia. Occasionally however some unfortunate occurrence will goad it into announcing its presence.
There was such an instance after the BBC’s documentary marking the 21st birthday of Prince Harry. During an interview the pot – puffing – princeling was heard to say “arse.”
Now arse is one of those words that though completely harmless is guaranteed to excite the “old fashioned values” brigade. They do not seem to mind the American variation “ass” but get uptight about our old English spelling. Well it is our language and we should preverve our right to use its more colourful extremes. Perhaps in common with piss and shit it is just too earthy or working class for the prudes. Oops, silly me. I used the forbidden word. There will be letters in the Daily Mail tomorrow complaining “just because we have values it does not mean we are prudes. Yes well they might have values but they have arses too. It is nothing to be ashamed of. We are not supposed to describe people as prudes now though, its a politically correct thing, rather like having to describe my walking stick as a mobility aid, or members of the dark skinned races as people of ethnic origin (these in the guidelines issued to staff by the charity my daughter works for) although we are all derived from one or more ethnic groups.
Is it pejorative to describe narrow minded, prissy, pretentious snobs who think they have a God – given right to impose their moral prejudices on the world as prudes or is it just shorthand?
I digress.
The true cause of the collective ire that prompted so many people to bombard the BBC with complaints is probably not the Prince’s arse, after all Royalty are no strangers to the word. When King James V1 of Scotland was travelling to south to become King James 1 of England he insisted in on keeping the blinds lowered on the coach despite the crowds of his new subject who lined his route through town and villages. His courtiers advised the King that his new subjects might like to see him to which he replied “then I shall pull down my breeks and they shall see my arse.”
Despite lapses into the vernacular Prince Harry has not yet suggested that us proles are not good enough to look at his face. So what has upset people.
The scandal that surrounded D.H. Lawrence’s novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover four decades ago blew up not because Lawrence used words like “fuck” and “cunt” in describing sex acts (“Ee Constance, tha’s gett’n a beautiful cunt, I love to fuck thee,” says the incurably romantic Mellors to the Eponymous Lady C) but because the protagonists are cuckolding a member of the nobility. There were plenty of dirtier books in print when Lady Chatterley’s Lover was banned but the authors had a better understanding of the sexual etiquette of a repressed society. Using bad words was not the taboo broken to bring the case to court, but that an aristocratic married Lady was joyously and graphically having it off with a working class man. It would have been OK had Lord Chatterley been rogering one of the maids of course. Lady C could even have “yearned” for the embrace of the lusty gamekeeper so long as her sexual involvement with him was confined to becoming flustered in his presence.
Maybe the same energy was at work in Prince Harry’s case. Would anybody have batted an eyelid if it had been uttered by Jonathan Ross or Graham Norton. A lot of people apparently still believe that the Royal family are different to us mere mortals, fingered by God to be superior. Well done Prince Harry for showing us you are human and know your arse from your establishment. Now if you could just tell those prudes that as a Prince and second in line to the throne you will not put up with this kind of shit.

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Some American academics are concerned about the number of British slang words and colloquialisms that are finding their way into the pure and beautiful American language after being picked up from TV shows and films. One particular individual who shall be nameless because he is probably the type of small minded, humourless bastard who would sue, is getting his knickers in a right old twist and throwing hissy fits about it every chance he gets. And what are these colloquialisms he finds so irritatingly un-American? Well his favourites are “gone missing” and “at the end of the day.” Learn more Britspeak here: links to slang dictionaries provided.

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