posted on Jul, 21 2008 @ 06:49 AM
Many times on ATS there have been people criticising others here for their poor use of language, or their lack of gramatical skills, or ability to
I have even been guilty of it myself. It is a sorry fact, but still a fact.
However, I am not posting this to mentally, verbally or emotionally 'bash' those amongst us who have poor language skills (nor is this a jibe at
people who do not use English as their 'first'). Please be clear about that before posting your reply.
My post is to ask many of you a question:
Have you ever had problems communicating an idea to someone?
If you have answered 'yes' to that question, the chances are you or they have problems with understanding or using language.
Now for another question:
Do you think that there is a reason for this?
I would say there is a reason for this, and here is my understanding of the issue at hand.
For a long time, we have heard politicians, legal professionals and 'business leaders' use some very complex language. As a result, whenever most
people talk to politicians, business leaders, etc. (or even hear them speak) the majority of listeners are switched off. Further, the majortiy of
these listeners claim 'boredom' or 'lack of interest'. I would suggest that it is neither of these, rather, it is a deep misunderstanding of their
own emotional response to an inadequacy - their inability to understand complex language. The listeners that are not switched off are usually those
with a good grasp of language, or with a deep knowledge or interest in the topic being discussed.
Now, here is my point:
Politicians, and 'business leaders' do not want too much competition, and as such the less peole are able to convey ideas and thoughts acrurately
and quickly the less competition there will be.
Think about that for a moment... the less competition there will be. As I have grown up, a lot of my friends have stopped talking to me. Not because I
am boring (as some of them claim), but because they cannot understand my language. I'm English, as are they, but many of them glaze over when I get
onto topics of conversation that don't involve the pub or what was on 'telly' last night.
Now just to give you a bit of background, I go jet skiiing, horseriding, cycling, socialise in the pub, I run a business, I have many associates,
acquaintances and friends - far from boring. But as already stated, many of these glaze over when the topic of conversation moves to more 'complex
To suggest 'boredom' or 'lack of caring' is a calumny. The boredom or lack of caring is generated by a mis-understanding of their own emotional
state, and/or their own short-comings with language.
Here's my suggestion to ALL of us (and I take this advice literally myself). Arm yourself with a dictionary, thesaurus and if you can get one some
sort of "better wordpower" book. Pick a new word every day and try to learn it, know it, then use it. Very soon you will find yourself using 'big
words' and understanding what the politicians really say. The words they pick are very important, and often are overlooked because of a lack of
Know what a politician says, and you konw what he is thinking, what he wants, how he lies...
Dumb sheep is what the politicians and 'business leaders' want us to be. Good little sheeple that get up, go to work, make money, pay taxes, shop
(spend money), and go home to eat, sleep and get up tomorrow to do it all again.
The time has come to arm ourselves with the greatest tool that we were ever blessed with. Language.
Also, know this; if you can convey your thoughts, ideas and emotions acurately and succinctly the perception others have of you tends to rise.
Not only that, people that speak at gatherings, meetings, symposiums, etc tend to have a strong understanding of language. Next time you hear a public
speaker, listen to their accent, their tones and use of words.