How meanings of words have changed , have you ever stopped and thought about how much the English language has changed ? Things that once meant nothing have been twisted to mean something else entirely . How did we let this happen ? Why didn’t we stop it ? Saying no..hold on..that’s not what that word means , we will not let it be changed . We need to stop the rot and not let these things happen , its a nightmare these days even just doing a blog now as you cannot use this word or that word because it might upset someone . We can thank this ridiculous ” political correctness ” for a lot of it but not all of it as some meanings had already been changed .. and no one thought to stop it from happening.
Take peoples names for instance girls sometimes were named Gaye , now look at what that word with the E dropped off has now come to mean , then there is the girls name Fanny , a very popular name in years gone by , now you dare not use the word as its been twisted to mean at least 2 entirely different things now . Even the boys name Jimmy now can mean to jimmy a lock or a door so again you have to be careful with it , then there is the name Nick an abbreviated form of Nicholas , once just an innocent name now often hurled at others as an insult ” nick off !! ” ..then Richard often changed to Rick or Dick and then other rude connotations we wont go into …
Then of course we have these what I call ” made up words ” like totes ..now I ask you where on earth did that come from ? Next who decided to make it a word ? It is total nonsense , then yolo …another stupid made up word why ? what is the reason behind changing perfectly good words and meanings for this utter rubbish ? Why the obsession with changing words or making up words ? Why not just leave them as they are and learn to use them the correct way ? Is it because we have become so lazy that it is too much trouble to learn the proper word and its meaning ? We would rather make up our own stupid shorter words than stick to the real ones ? What happened to the will to learn and preserve what is rather that destroy it like this ?
With all this changing of words and meanings we have to come back to this ” political correctness ” These days you can not say anything to anyone in case they get offended , when once upon a time most people took it with a grain of salt if someone said something we did not like . We did not get all offended we just went on our way , and did not go whining off to some authority or other to complain . Even walking down the street if someone over hears something you say , tho it is not meant for them they can have a go at you for upsetting them , because maybe they miss understood what you said. Had this happen once when still in UK was talking to hubby and said to him ” look that up in your Funk & Waggnels and a passing cop stopped me asking if I was swearing , he had no idea what I meant , and he was a cop , had to laugh his older sidekick knew exactly what I said , so where was the younger ones education ? * still giggle about this *
How many of the things we say and do, and even things we have are now considered not PC ? I for 1 have this lovely knitted golliwog , it is now not PC for me to have that where anyone can see it , as the very name golliwog is very non PC but all it was and to me still is, is a toy ,never meant to upset anyone . Made in the days of the Black & White Minstrel Show days when almost every child boy or girl had 1 of them , now it is all wrong . Also remember a time when someone from Italy or Greece you jokingly called them a wog , they laughed as we did , try it now and see what happens you can end up in trouble .
Not only have words and meanings changed , but even the way we do things have changed these days too much have has changed and we seem to just sit by and let it happen . Where did our want of keeping things the way they should be go to ? Why don’t we stand up and fight to keep things right rather than just let them do this to our language and our way of life ?Political Correctness is evil and only being forced upon us to make us an easy target for someone to to make us compliant , make us too scared to speak up when we should , it is so sad to see it happening .. Do not even think about all the silly abbreviations there are now they are beyond ridiculous , but some also funny ..
I went somewhere earlier and saw a frog parked illegally and the poor thing got toad!!