Language, And A Better Understanding

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Kevin Yousif
Mr. Brown
AP English Language and Composition
17 November 2015
Language, and a Better Understanding
Language is a topic that will never cease to adapt, from slang being developed in suburbs of urban cities, to new additions to the Oxford dictionary. We, students of English, use different concepts of language almost everyday and most of the time we don’t even realize it. To get a better understanding of the English language and concepts developed within it, one would turn to look at the arguments of scholars including George Orwell, Nancy Mairs, S.I. Hayakawa, Nicholas Carr, and the dispute of the Sunlight Foundation and Senator Mike Quigley. All of these authors have an argument for how language is being developed and molded into this day and age, and for the modern English student, our questions and curiosities will be looked into furthermore as the topics presented by these scholars are formulated. One recurring concept presented by George Orwell in Politics and the English Language is how language corrupts thought and how thought can also corrupt language. Or well states “The English language becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts” (Politics and the English Language, Orwell). I truly believe that this is the case. The repetitive process is often difficult to break because bad habits provide us with convenient and tasteful sentence structure. However
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