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The Power of Words: Stephen Fry says “Language”

by on Oct.21, 2010, under Articles, The Power of Words, Videos, Visual Media, Writing

Originally found at I Should Be Writing by Mur Lafferty.

Below is a small video  you should watch. It talks about language in a very interesting and amusing manner.

I admit to being guilty of this sometimes. The copy editor in me does like to come out, every once and awhile, and correct the grammar of the written word around me. I’m also happy to say that am very much a fan of evolving English. I don’t find nom to be rather funny, although there are some verbings of nouns that I am not a fan of. Language creation is something that has always interested me, despite my lack of talent in picking up any language other than English.

I think though, if you are not a grammar vigilante, something you should take away from this is that it is important to learn grammar and to understand what is correct and what is not, so you can understand how things are changing. And so you can “dress up” every once and awhile. Also everybody should take away from this that the use of words, or your choice of diction, and the elevation of speech, should not be mocked or thought of as pretentious but celebrated and appreciated, when used expertly.

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