Thursday, March 31, 2016

Power of Language


I am hereby outing myself as a bibliophile + logophile. My house runneth over with books. Words can offer perspective, insight, and understanding. Words can bring encouragement and hope. Words can remove fear and isolation. Words can reconcile and unite. Words can have an influence on how we feel about ourselves and others. Words have the ultimate power in our lives, yet many do not use correct words when speaking or writing. Additionally, my students do not share my love of words. Is this a societal norm now? Is this due to technology one can abbreviate their words or have the piece of technology insert what it thinks you want to say, thus losing one's ability to actually use their own vocabulary? Is technology ruining our vocabulary (not just our spelling!)?