Making no judgement on standards of progressively received language, it occurs that in these tiny islands there are more than several versions of English. Not ethnicity based, although influences often improve depth, the loss of words through popular non-use and the change of Ã¢â‚¬ËœsenseÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ can lead to amusing, or in some cases misunderstood, reaction. All to do with grammar, of course. And, in this case, although not entirely, as the reader can see, punctuation. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 120 words of non-personalised narrative - not one Ã¢â‚¬ËœIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. Could have been said by anyone and with no indication of origin other than age related. So now I will personalise!
Modern literature and comment sometimes tends to disappoint, with narrow vocabulary and trendy idioms of speech. Where once the colour of language could express meaning in very subtle ways, it is now rarely understood.
For instance, my total exposure to the Sherlock Holmes stories was through TV and radio. A recent birthday present was all of them in one volume, as written by the author. If ever the writerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s intent was misrepresented and devalued in the name of pandering to changing times and medium rather than maintaining excellenceÃ¢â‚¬Â¦. The language used would probably be laughed at today or, more than likely, be completely baffling. But what an absolute delight.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m saying neither good, bad, poor, better nor worse, just a way of using our language to itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best effect by being accurate and keeping in mind the effect the author intends. Of course, that depends to a large extent on the author rather than his reader. And thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the root of the problem.
The immediacy, and therefore brevity, of the keyboard as opposed to pen and ink, gives rise to the apparent and often unintended casualness of the text. Even spelling aids do not detect subtlety and hence the increase in Ã¢â‚¬ËœchallengingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ replies necessitating the use of emoticons to express meaning - you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even have to concern yourself with grammar, just revert to cave-wall drawing but without the artistic effort!