Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
One thing I notice as I get older is that things change in subtle ways. Aside from technology, a lot of everyday existence now is pretty much the same as it was in the ’60s, when I was a kid. But some things are different, and I can’t tell when the change came.
When did people start saying “stew-dent” for student? Why are they hyper-pronouncing the second syllable hard consonants these days? “Gar-den,” “hid-den,” “did-dint”? In my day (cue Dana Carvey’s Grumpy Old Man) we said these words in a more relaxed, casual way, something like stud’nt, hid’n, and did’nt. Who started teaching the youngsters to speak like exchange stew-dents aping Rosetta Stone lessons? And why?
I know, I know. English is a living, even mercurial language and it’s changing all the time. But I just want to know when the memo went out and how come there wasn’t a movement that said, “No!”
I’m a refusenik. Sorry, but I will not speak like a robot.
No matter how old it makes me seem…