Where's The Beef?

 



Where's The Beef?

Spring 1964


Strolling down our lane 
one may be overwhelmed
 by the aroma of lilacs and apple blossoms.

 Tiny pink flowers
 nod gently in the spring breezes.

 When lilac bushes appear in a vacant field,
we know an old Michigan farm 
once stood there.

We are careless with adjectives;
 lovely, cute and sweet. 

 When we find something
worthy 
of special description, 
words that we have used
 in a careless fashion,
may now seem overdone and unimpressive.

Have we become a nation of adjective droppers?

Little girls are sweet and cars are sweet. 
Dresses are sweet.
Fishing rods are sweet.
 Sugar is sweet.

The weather is lovely.
 Your wife is lovely.
 Children are lovely. 
Dinner is lovely.

Freckles are cute. 
Puppies  are cute.
 Babies are cute.

Everything is sweet, cute and lovely.

 Where's the beef?

Teen-agers are sometimes
 juvenile delinquents.
 We may have delinquent taxes.

 Senior citizens may have
 gray hair.
Gray haired people may be
 senior citizens.

Phrases overused
are lost.

Overused adjectives become
 bruised, broken and meaningless.

Let’s save them for another day.
***
(This all seemed like a good idea in 1964)
And then..

2018

 Where Are We Now?

What happened to the adjectives? 
They were sweet, cute and lovely.

 Now it’s PC,
 G and LOL,. It may be ESP and APP
We are politically correct. 

Or are we?

Oh, and by the way, we type PC for "politically correct" now.
Those in the know understand 
what we mean.

We  type G for "grin."
 LOL  means "laugh out loud." 
 ESP stands for "extrasensory perception";
 APP for "application."

We type  COOL for good, 
wonderful,
 smart 
and up to date.

A perfectly wonderful language
 has been simplified 
to nothing.

Children in elementary school 
are not being taught cursive writing.

Much of their writing  
is unreadable.
Making matters worse,
many young people
cannot "read" cursive writing.

Think about it!
The United States Constitution
was produced in cursive writing.

President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
was written by him, as the story goes,
in cursive writing,
as he was seated on a train
on his way to Gettysburg,

Why have we decided
to avoid teaching cursive writing
 to generations of  young Americans,
who will never be able to read
those original, historical papers?

In response to questioning,
 a teacher informed me,
 “Within ten years
 no one will be using handwriting.
 Everyone will be using computers.”

Think of the handwriting experts
who will be unemployed.
(That's a joke.)

With this information in mind,
 the over use of “adjective droppers” 
becomes cute and darling.
Describing anything at all
with the terms, "sweet and lovely,"
becomes the only remaining,
 desirable speech.

Our English language
 is bruised and broken.
 It has been transformed into 
disconnected letters.

Bring back the adjectives.
 Bring the verbs and the adverbs.

I long for them.

Is it just me?


copyright@2018

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