As societies grow decadent

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  1. Rob_BW

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    I read through this essay every few years.

    George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language," 1946

    Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it. Our civilization is decadent and our language -- so the argument runs -- must inevitably share in the general collapse. It follows that any struggle against the abuse of language is a sentimental archaism, like preferring candles to electric light or hansom cabs to aeroplanes. Underneath this lies the half-conscious belief that language is a natural growth and not an instrument which we shape for our own purposes.

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    I think words are used to mark a certain period in history or to mark a point in society where certain terms are deemed fashionable by urban standards or made formal/classical through academic pursuits. Words also contain our identity and the use of it can transform our perception of gender, race or class like using different pronouns with regards to transgendered people or using politically correct terms when referring to Chinese-Americans or Chinese or 'Black people' with African-American or American in itself. Words do not complicate, they illuminate.
     

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