I used to visit a nice geeky blog and comment there once in a while. The people who hang our there are a witty bunch, prone to science-y jokes and wordplay (as well as very sharp commentary on current events). Several months ago , referring to a nearly incoherent email sent by a ranting person to the blog owner, one of the regular commenters wrote, “I think chat and texting is causing the biggest downfalls to the English language...”
This started off a series of comments about the changes to language over time, and inevitably the meme “Won’t someone please think of the children!” crept in. Here’s how it played out:
This infidel innovation, "paper", will reduce the price of books, and allow as many to be copied as can be paid for. There is a danger literacy may spread among the laity! And will someone not think of the parchment-makers?My response:
LANGUAGE CHANGING STOP BECOMING TOO SIMPLIFIED STOP TELEGRAMS TO BLAME STOP THINK OF THE CHILDREN STOP
Forsooth, the movable printing press doth change language, it doth become too simple. Will someone not think of the children?
Alacke, the scholar saidde to all his boyes,
Suche speech as doth besmirche thy soul,
as maketh naught butt winde and noyse,
shalle doome thee to the fiery bowle.
Keepe safe, then, ye your little childe,
from utt’ring symple worddes so smalle,
lest he by new speeche be defiled,
and thus bee rendered daft withal.
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