Saying it correctly

By John Pierre | Jul 02, 2013

Is it just me?  Is it just that I'm getting older'n the average bear that I think the whole world is talking much too rapidly?

Listening to professional broadcasters talking at 90 mph is somewhat disturbing... especially since many of us are only capable of listening at 40 mph.

It's kinda like seniors who drive a little slower than they did in their younger days when they always had the pedal to the metal.  Many older drivers are now being passed by all other traffic including farm tractors towing manure spreaders.

Someone suggested that "speed talking" may be caused by the fact that the broadcasters have a large amount of copy that has to be squeezed into a limited number of seconds or minutes.

To that thought I might inquire as to why the copywriters aren't chastised for providing more words than can be handled in the allotted time.

I never could stand the thought of "speed reading" (where the author's carefully selected words are a waste) and now we are inundated with "speed talking."

Further, it's almost intolerable to hear professional speakers say,"that depends on where you are at" as recently offered by a presidential hopeful.

And nearly half of the broadcasters continue to use the non-word "ecetera."  I wonder if there are those who think that Julius Caesar, on his untimely deathbed, asked "Ec Tu Brutus?"  Some of us have read that Caesar's last words were "Et Tu Brutus?"  As an aside, Brutus is pronounced Brutay.

All of these talking heads seem to be spitting out words over the top of each other.  How are we television viewers supposed to make out what is being injected by all of them simultaneously?

It seems to me that people who are paid highly as presenters/speakers should learn how to use the English language and to slow down so that the subject of which they are speaking is understandable and grammatically correct.

I'll bet that there are many "old timers" such as myself who would agree that speakers should have a governor implanted on their tongues and take a class in remedial English.

Curmudgeon?  Who?  Moi?  Nary a time.

I just get real tired of listening to grammatically inept professional  persons not capable of delivering a message properly.

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