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Updated on October 24, 2011

I Give Up

 They're everywhere. Gas station and convenience store attendants, TARGET employees, you name the business, and you're bound to meet the "language butcherers".

Just who are the "language butchers"? Allow me to enlighten you from personal, first-hand frustration. These are, for the most part, American teenagers on their first job--working out of spite for their parents making them actually "do" something, or these young people want to feel important to their cliques and talk about how we, the older, money-spending generations that have paid for their chances to work, miserable. And buddy oh buddy, can they make my life and yours a walk in Hades if only for about 30 minutes, the length of time it takes each one of them to check you out at their given business. And you only have one pack of razor blades to pay for. See where this is going?

Im not a bigot. Nor am I a racist. I despise bigots and racists to the bone, but I spend hours upon hours wondering where do these annoyances come from? Who creates them to reek havok on the innocent customers of America? Oh, don't get your ire on at me. These are great-looking kids--the girls always have their bottle-bleached hair prepared just right and their three layers of eye makeup looks just like a girl on Tiger Beat, the magazine for teens everywhere. And the teen boys always have a lip or two pierced and hair well into their eyes--how do they actually "see" what the price is for my razor blades anyway? I might be over-paying! And if I should form my mouth to ask, "Is that the right price?" I instantly get a sneer, a sigh of 'what's his problem?' and their hands go to the hips and eyes roll right on cue as if they are programmed by a mad scientist and computer software engineer in a secret location in New Jersey to do this to us, the older consumers.

Oh yes. The girls always have chewing gum snapping like an M-60 machine gun used in Desert Storm. It gets on my 'nerve'..notice I didnt say 'nerves'? I didnt use nerves because of these particular people on earth and in businesses, I have but one nerve left. Honest to God. And please dont label me as a George Carlin discipile--althlough that wouldn't be the worst label I could wear, but I'm 57 years old. Worked for my alloted time until I became disabled and I didnt ask for this disease called fibromyalgia, my good buddy who's with me all the time. He never takes a day off or a vacation. For the most part, ask my friends who DO tell the truth that I'm not a loud guy. I don't call attention to myself in public--even when I'm doing a good deed for a homeless person or giving to the Red Salvation Army Santa and his Red Bucket. No sir. Glory Hogs are not my favorite people. I choose to just live as quietly and peaceably among men as I can. Thanks, Apostle Paul for that personal scripture you wrote just for me.

I'm closing now with a typical scenario of me going to KMart to get some Gillette razor blades. I shave a lot. Thus the razor blades. I cannot financially afford a pretty female barbering specialist to visit my home to shave me. And secondly, my Christian wife, Pamela, would hit the roof at me having an attractive lady of 22 years of age, blonde hair, decent IQ, shaving my face. "What? You're spending "our" money on a lady  barber?" Pamela would scream and then get out her trusty calculator to balance our checkbook at the speed of light. She's that fast. No lie.

I go to KMart mostly in a good mood. Since Gillette razor blades are all I want, I don't spend too much time shopping the aisles for things I don't need. I'm a in and out type of shopper. Guys, for some reason, were wired by God at birth for that trait. I appreciate Him for that also. Now I've found the razor blades. A spark of happiness shoots through my heart. Or was it a mild heart attack? I don't know. I didn't attend Vanderbilt Univesity at Nashville to become an M.D. Wish I had though. Right now, that wisdom I would have acquired at Vandy would really pay off.

With Gillette razor blades in hand, I walk with a spring in my step to the "Cavern of Doom," the check out line--a place who's employees could humble the most hardened United States Marine. I tell you no lie folks. Uh, oh! I'm next. I cannot believe this. It's usually a 30-minute wait even when there are only two people with one item each, ahead of me. There she is, the "Language Butcherer," glaring at me with glazed-over eyes, bottle-bleached hair brushed--this time, turning the pages of Vogue Magazine while snapping her gum. I lay my Gillette razor blades on the black rubber mat that moves when she hits the secret button. She is captivated by the pictures in her magazine. I clear my throat as a civil symbol that I'm needing to pay for these Gillette razor blades and leave.

With the grace of molasses and speed of molasses, I might add, she takes the Gillette razor blades and rubs them over the laser-LED, check out system of lights and then the famous "beep" goes off. I'm semi-happy as I reach for my wallet for money to give "Confusion Queen" her money. Suddenly, without word of warning, she picks up the Gillette razor blades and mumbles a "huhhhh," and then does something completely unnatural: she gets on the always-loud and staticky PA system to my gasp of surprise and says, " . . .uhhh, like, I have, like, a package of you know, like, these, razeeeer blade thingies, uh, like, need a, like, you know, (sigh), price thingy check!" I stand and return the glare of disgust at her. I don't speak a word because troublemakers and lovers of free speech cannot speak honestly in public in America for fear of the police and later anger management classes. "What's this," I ask nicely. "Whutt?" bottle-bleach blonde replies snappin gum right on time.

"You already check the price. I heard the beep," I try to explain to her as her face is glazed over as if being controlled by her creator in New Jersey. Actually, her secret headset, placed there by her engineers in New Jersey are saying to her, "That's it, Buffy! Make this guy angry enough that he leaves red faced. Keep up the confusion, Buffy" I cannot prove this or disprove this. The engineers in New Jersey are far beyond intellegence levels of even the C.I. A. or Bill Gates.

A scratchy voice over the P.A. says 'something', a code that only Buffy can understand and she says, "Like, uh, (snap, snap, gum), that's gonna be, like, you know, like, (gum snap or two), $3.78. Cash, like, or check, uh, what'll it, like, be?" "Cash," I humbly reply feeling the cash in my trembling hands. Ive been in Buffy's check-out line for now 25 minutes and there are hordes of people behind  me with huge amounts of items in their baskets. Let me stop here for a minute and ask,"I see empy cashier lines way to the end of the store. But the line I'm in, Buffy's line, is getting full fast. Why?" Just be thinking of this story next time you go to KMart to shop for Gillette razor blades who, by the way, are not paying me to talk about their product.

"Uh, like, see, like, I can't take a bill over a five dollar, like, bill," Buffy sternly says.

"Okay, I chuckle to cover my anger, here's four-one-dollar billls. Will that work?" I ask with fading hope for some decent treatment in my eyes.

"Uh, like, Im gonna, like, see, you know, talk to the, like manager guy thingy, like, wait here," she says and walks as slow as a hundred-year-old tortise to see "Chuck" the Ivy League manager. Then Buffy halfway smiles, returns to her post and replies, "Like, got driver's license-my manageeeer, like, you know, is doing his part, like, uhhhh, (gum snap), to help Homeland Security prevent false mo . . .mo . . .like, yeah, moneeeeeee, from gettin' in our, like, country." I'm stiff with anger. My face is the face of someone passed on to Gloryland. Then, reluctantly, I show Buffy my driver's license.

I've now been in Buffy's "Torture Line" for 48 minutes. The C.I. A. could have used Buffy's check-out line as a way of torturing, oops, I mean, interrogating the 9-1-1 guys who blew up the World Trade Center. I can assure you, they would have talked right away. Buffy takes my four dollars in one's and asks, "Like, you do want, like, you know, me to, like sign you, like, like, up, for our, you know, like, senior citizen's, count, card?" I shake my head gesturing "no." I now cannot form words due to the frustration caused by Buffy The Language Butcherer.

I did return home that fateful day and try to call their Customer Hotline to lodge my complaint at the unneeded treatment I received at their store, but the girl who struggled to talk and understand me at the same time must have been Buffy's BFF . . .best friend forever. I hung up in mid-complaint.

I would, if Congress would listen to me and for a brief moment, honor my one, simple request of destroying words and phrases like: LIKE, YEW KNEW, LOOK, WHUT, NO WAY, WAY, THINGY, OMG, BFF, IKR,OOPSIE, DOWN WITH IT, UP WITH IT, WORD, WORD UP, GIVE YA THE 411 ON DAT, DAT, DIS, FOR REALS, and friends, I could go on but I would need another hub.

Like, it's tough living in the present, but remembering the past when REAL words and REAL American Language, proper useage of American Language was taught in schools.

I give up.


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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Katharella,

      Super-nice comment. Love the detailed way that you broke-down your comment and made it easy to read without those "likes," "ya knew?" and "word ups."


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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Qudsia,

      I agree with your analogy of Buffy. But I also see that Buffy may be operating out of fear that if she doesnt stretch each syllable . . YEWWWWWWWWWW KNEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW, that the "pack" she runs in will disown her if she talks properly.

      What do you think?


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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Jo,

      you "nailed it," completely. Seriously, there is "wave of sentence-slaughtering" going on today in America. I remember "the"word to accent something to someone was . . ."Look, I can do this or that," but now its "Chekk eet, I gots some buzzin brewsers readies to cheel," is that cool or just plain annoying, Jo?"

      That, having to stay home everyday with Fibromyalgia and Neurothopy, is now a blessing for me NOT to hear this verbal assault on our language.



      PS please visit with me again!

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      Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America

      I guess we could add too about the contagious "word" disease that spreads continents! I find as well that Americans see the English slang and bring it here and I think "can they not either make up a word, or use something of our own?" Like the "like" overused word! So laughing our "arse" off is a nicer way of saying our old American @$$ lol. If you're going to swear can they be creative about it and still stop with the bleeding of international slang!

      I wrote a blog in which I used a "$" for every "S" in it. Thinking, possibly it could be eye catching and I've not seen it elsewhere on the net before or since. Speaking of "blog," one of my words I'd like to squash is "vlog!" Ok it's a video blog, but are they going to add it to the dictionary or what! (Rhetorical of course, as we know they will!)

      Groovy ;) hub Kenneth, hey I just though I should snag a word from the past and give some of us a little blast from the past and maybe a grin! :D

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      QudsiaP1 5 years ago

      Sadly enough I believe this particular syndrome is a very contagious disease that is on the verge of a massive outbreak or perhaps it is too late already. We can only hope people like 'buffy' begin to use proper words instead of a mind warping time delay that makes one believe they are trying to skype with the said person over dial up...

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

      "Like you know I was just thinkin dat cause see, I is a believer-word up!

      I just flip out wit it in uh, sense of, WTH?".... Sorry..couldn't help it. :)

      (holding stomach while I am hysterically laughing! :)

      I had to share this and vote up! This thank goodness was nothing the way our family spoke with each other in our home while I was growing up.

      I really hope folks who see this will realize the lovingly and positive way you are trying to constructively correct some really bad communication with others! :)

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      leahmia, you are after my own heart with your comment about "Buffy" and her word: "like." We are on the same page. Thank you so much for your time and comment. Visit with me often. You are always welcome.


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      leahmia09 6 years ago

      Not sure if I want to cry or go hunt down buffy myself. I've worked in retail ad not only have I been in lines ith my very own buffy but I've worked with one before! They drice me crazy and five a new meaning to "dumb bkonde" I get nervouswhen I interview so I stumble sometimes...but the word "like" makes me want to strangle the persn saying it.

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Katharella, I remember "um's" And you are right. Yeah has replaced the proberbial "umm." Seemingly, our language goes under more evolutionary levels each passing day. I wish (some) people would realize that our language is not a toy. Not a Mr. Potato Head...use this part. Discard this part. It's got to be correct. Or don't talk. LOL. Thanks for your enlightment. Take care. Your friend, Kenneth

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      Katharella 6 years ago from Lost in America

      Hi Kenneth.. just stopping in for a hello and hope you're doing, well as good as can be expected! :)

      I think I picked this hub because of the "word" theme.

      Sometimes I cannot NOT say "um" and started to think about WHY. What's it purpose other than "I can't think of a word that goes in place of whatever you would say "um" with! Well in my search I found it on accident while watching some video's on YouTube. "Yeah" has replaced good old "um." Apparently "so yeah" is the new "um."

      Just in case you haven't been enlightened on that one yet maybe it'll give you a grin rather than a cringe! So yeah, lol :) I hope the new year is starting off well for you! :) So yeah, maybe I should make a hub on Um's and "so yeah." lol, who know it could get some cringes changed for "um" people to like "like." :x lol

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, My Dear Friend, EclecticFusion . . .THANK YOU SO MUCH for your wonderful remarks. I know. I detest the word LIKE being misused over and over, but I am not able to make changes. I appreciate YOU very much for taking time to read one of my earlier hubs. YOU made my day. God bless you.


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      Lisa 6 years ago from Tennessee

      Hilarious! I loved it! I see and hear this on a daily basis. I know a friend of a friend and if she doesn't open her mouth, she's beautiful and mysterious, but once she belts out that first "OMG!" it's all ruined. It was all an illusion!

      Great topic and wonderful writing!

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Mandy

      I Sincerely Thank YOU, for this very-insightful, and truthful comment. And I agree. Parents, to me, this day and time are way too-wrapped up in themselves to care for their children. Some. Not all. Your analogy is fitting. And very sobering. Thanks for your honesty. I love it.

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      mandyf 6 years ago

      I know first hand a lot of people encounter behavioral issues with their children and want to medicate them and send them into behavioral therapy when it could have been fixed with simple communication skills and an extended vocabulary to better express themselves. education is prime. having a vocabulary that exceeds others gives you a better advantage to express yourself and getting your children educated in culture and being the enabler to opening their minds is part of being a parent. We are not raising our children anymore to think for themselves we are enabling them to not learn because everything they need to know is being given to them via computer/internet. Thus the stupidity you recieve at the checkout. I am sure these kids can't even give change if the systems would crash.

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      12/13/2011...Dear Mandy . . .without question, you hit the nail on the head. I admire you for teaching your children about education and people skills via communication the right way. The understandable way. I appreciate you, Mandy, for doing this. And when I encounter check-out "persons," not girls, for this is politically-incorrect, I only pray while standing in their "long line" of three people...when I get up to pay for my goods, the sounds of her snapping chewing gum that equals that of a .22 rifle will not conflict with her telling me the price to pay...for the 4th time. Example: a quart of Pennzoil; 1 2 Liter Coke; 1 loaf of bread..."Space Cadet Cashier:" Uh, like, that will be, yew know, uh, $56.00--cash or like, credit?" I look at her without a smile. She, after 15 minutes realizes that she has erred. Then more gum-snapping, looking into space with glazed eyes covered in 7 layers of eyeliner, mascara, "Uh, that will, uh, be like, $43.88, cash or the day is shot. After two more tries...and the help of two store managers who cannot keep their eyes off of her flimsy tank top, I finally pay the right amount of $4.35. And its cash. I hate to confuse the girl more with a credit card code." Thanks, Mandy for the great service you are doing for ME and those consumers who share my opinions.

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      mandyf 6 years ago

      OMG! LIKE, I SO TOTALLY BIG HEARTED THIS HUB! BTW HUGE GEORGE C. FAN! HE IS LIKE MY IDOL,MAN. (seriously him and Gallager!) I always tell my kids when done shopping"It's time to head to the unforboding temple of death. May we succeed in our endeavors and slay the mighty dragons with our unprecedented superior coffer of acuity." Now i always get a dumbfounded look from the checkout girl who is nearly the same age as my own children. I guess enlightenment and dictionaries are far and few between some kids. I am glad to know and say that when my children aspire to be checkers at their local walmart target or kmart they will be greatly educated in vocabulary and the art of enhancing intellectually stimulating conversation with words bigger than 3 and 4 letters. It really is sad when you have kids near the same age look at someone of their own generation and say

      " Mom, shopping really inspires me to become a teacher to rid the world of stupidity. The whole display we encounter at a checkout line or when trying to buy something and asking questions is truly sad."

      My youngest wants to be a doctor to find cures for nuerlogic based diseases stating "Why are there so many mentally disabled teenagers, MOM? We should really do something."

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      11/4/2011 @ 10:41 a.m/cst

      Hi, thelyricwriter,

      THANK YOU MUCH for the warm email, that I needed today for its so dark and overcast today. I am a sun-loving man. I love the warmth of the sun. Not drizzle and mist. But I am NOT in charge of that, so I will be glad with whatever comes. And I Appreciate, A LOT, this, and all of your past comments, which are the reasons I am still producing hubs. And best wishes and peace to you, my dear friend. KENNETH

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      This was a fun article Kenneth. Voted up, awesome, and interesting. I alwats enjoy a good smile. A very good read. Thanks for the laugh. Best wishes.

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      LOL, I am laughing so hard that I am in tears, starqueen!!!!! DO IT. And write in 'that character's' annoying lingo. Bet that you get some hateful remarks. But on second thought. DON'T. The HubPages team might tag you. I wouldnt want that. But you have a funny comment though. VERY FUNNY! Us Sagitarrians love to laugh when we are stressed and today I have been, wow! yew, bummer of a, like,, outtie. (KENNETH)

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      starqueen13 6 years ago from Houston, Tx

      Deal :) though I'm really tempted to create an annoying character like that

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      "Thanks a million," Robin for this comment and I agree with you and onegoodwoman. I do not have what you say is perfect language, but I do not convalute my sentences with "like" and "you know," and such. This is such an annoying habit that does NOT have to be used. Oh well. Life goes on. Have a great night, Robin. Sincerely, Kenneth

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      Robin Cristy 6 years ago

      Hilarious...I think. Kenneth, I enjoyed your article. I am in agreement with onegoodwoman. Language is chopped and so is money. Change without a computer showing a digital number can be a real humdinger!

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, again, star! I know. I have two cousins, older people who live in S. Carolina, and I love them to death...they end every statement with "you know" and they arent aware they are doing that, but now that I think of it, I have a few quirks that may drive others over the edge....but starqueen, I promise you that I will work hard to NOT use LIKE, Whuuut? you know, and other annoying phrases in my hugs. Deal?

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      starqueen13 6 years ago from Houston, Tx

      Haha yes!! I've tried to talk to some of my friends with their "problem" but it drives me nuts and I can only focus on the 'like'

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      starqueen13 . . .me too. Yep. Nuts is not the word. I wonder to myself if any of their friends ever get annoyed at them? 1st girl: Like, you know, you say 'like' way much, like, uhhh, shut-up. 2nd girl: Like? I like, say Like, too, uhh, like, A lot? (like that) Annoying. We hubbers need to create an annoying code language all our own so when two or three of us meet at Starbucks, we can run off the ones with the likes, you knows and the whuuuuut? Whattaya think?

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      starqueen13 6 years ago from Houston, Tx

      Haha I am so glad I'm not like. One of those girls. Like totally! Ugh they drive me nuts

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, again, onegoodwoman, I BELIEVE YOU. It's that way most anywhere you do business with these people who are they working but had rather be somewhere else. And THANK YOU, onegoodwoman, FOR THE 'ADORE THIS' remark. I am so Appreciate of YOUR comments, that I do not know what to do. Thanks again! Kenneth

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      ADORE this!

      Not only is this of my favorite topics, but in the past, I was a very sucessful retail manager.

      Do you really want to blow their minds?

      Suppose your total is $ 109.26

      Hand the cashier, a one hundred dollar bill along with a twenty, a five, and 4 singles, a quarter, and a penny..........I did this at Sears, expecting a $10 bill back....the cashier said........" gabed ( yes, gabed) me too much monies. ( yes, monies)

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, snakeslane, THANK YOU for your comment. I appreciate it very much. My nerves are always being attacked but your comment made them soothe down. Thanks.

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      Verlie Burroughs 6 years ago from Canada

      Your tale from the front (of the check out line) is touching. I hope your last nerve has recovered kenneth avery. Cheers!

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      DEAR marcoujor, THANK YOU SINCERELY AND FROM THE SOUL, for your lovely comments. They brightened up my day, which in Hamilton, Alabama, is overcast and drizzling. I needed your comment. THANKS! And I appreciate, oh how I do appreciate YOUR comment. YOU have a great day and be kind to a stranger.

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      Maria Jordan 6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Hi Kenneth,

      I am actually trying to catch up a bit with my reading, and you were high on my list. While I was drawn to this by the poetry tag, I am thrilled to have found it, as it has made my day!

      So glad not to be alone in this country where ebonics can overtake a basic conversation! I love your light and humorous style and will look forward to reading much more of your work!

      Voted UP & FA- have a lovely day, mar.

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      fpherj48...THANK YOU SO MUCH for this comment. I need to send you a message about the buffet hub. I will explain it to you there. And I will check your new hubs. Love your writing.

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      Paula 6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Ken....another G-R-E-A-T hub....and hey friend...I just read your funny "All YOU CAN EAT BUFFET HUB, but there was no "comment section." What gives? I have COMMENTS!! You're hubs brighten my day. Thank you. Always voted up! Published a couple of new hubs myself, Ken...feel free to read! God Bless!

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Thank you, my new good friend, Treauresofheaven. And you are so right. We adults do about the same job with our language as the kids. I guess it's just my old age and burned-out nerves that get irritated at theri over-usage of LIKE, YEW KNOW, that gets to me. Have a blessed day.

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      Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

      This was very interesting and funny too. Youngsters are not the only ones who butcher words - we adults do it sometimes too! Language, in America, has become rather relaxed.

      I enjoyed this article!

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Romancer, what can I say to adequately express my SINCERE THANKS TO such a delightful, warm, and caring writer such as yourself? Fact is, there aren't enough words to do that, so I will just say THANK YOU from the heart for THIS comment and YOUR FOLLOW. Both mean the WORLD TO ME, Romancer! Your friend and fan, Kenneth

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      ROMANCER OF LIFE 6 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Oh my you had me cracking up! And let me tell you.... My face was hurting! I mean I'm not laughing at you, but I love your hubs! *laugh* Thank you for brightening up my day... Truly a blessing. I tried leaving you fan mail, but I'm not quite sure what to do because I see they made some changes to hubpages! But you have a lot of great hubs here. You're a very talented and wise writer. I loved it! I'm happy to be following you as well. Be blessed and have a beautiful and wonderful day!


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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      You tell it like it is. It's horrendous to have to deal with this kind of word-butchering harrassment, so to speak. Had a good laugh, sorry, at your expense--enjoyed the read.

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      poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I can’t stop laughing. I work in a public high school with over two thousand Buffy's and Ken's. It kills me to listen to them talk. The one that gets me the most is the way they use the word "gay". When they use it, it means dumb or stupid. It's crazy. And don't get me started on the cursing! Honestly, I once had a 14 year old boy throw his backpack from across the room at me and tell me to "suck my d##k." He was 14! When I contacted the parent, well, let us just say I figured out where he picked up that kind of language. But really, it must have been my fault. How dare I ask him for his homework! I had to hit up and awesome on this one.

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      daskittlez69 6 years ago from midwest

      lol, this was an awesome hub. You are correct, I do not know what happened after WW2 but something definitely happened to common sense and people having couth.

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      kathryn1000 6 years ago from London

      I really enjoyed that.Great to meet you!

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      shanaya 6 years ago from Living in my Own Dreams:)

      Dear Sir Kenneth! I agree with you. I belong from Asia and we are also facing the Bad language [Bad Slang] problem mostly in Teenagers. They think it's a Good Manner using those slangs. Hope one day they do understand what Manners are all about.

      Voted up, Interesting, Useful.

      With lots of Respect

      From SHANAYA:)

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Taco Tagger, and Everyone who submitted comments . . .a HUGE Sincere Thank YOU and you all (southern slang) will never fathom just how much (this) amateur writer appreciates YOUR comments. I do hope that something GOOD happens to YOU ALL . . .in Five seconds.

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      Jim Jimbo 6 years ago

      Personally I like my women with little make up and either red headed or brunette, so I'm not too into the "bleach blonde beach bimbo" look (like my alliteration?). I agree with you, there needs to be something done about the terrible speech problem in America. These people are neither mentally retarded or incompetent, they just don't care, it seems, and that's what makes me mad.

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      Kenneth Avery 7 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      JGoul, more annoyed by LIKE than any other grammatic misuseage including IKR, BFF,BRB, and the mother of all post/text, LOL

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      JGoul 7 years ago

      Very nice. I sympathize with a lot of what you're saying. I just wrote a page complaining about, among other things, the corruption of the language by text messaging.

      I do agree that the problem is getting worse; it seems that many young people are functionally illiterate. But what you're talking about, the overuse of slang by "cool" young people, I'm wondering if that's any worse today than in previous generations. Are you more annoyed by like, bff, and word, than your parents were by the slang your generation used?

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      Kenneth Avery 7 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      to: Your Cybersister and K. Burns Darling:

      thank you both for your wonderful and honest remmarks about my hub. I have another one about my True Daily Routine, but thank you both. I sincerely thank you. I strive to not be so full of myself that I cant stop long enough to show my appreciation to nice people like you two.

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      Kristen Burns-Darling 7 years ago from Orange County, California

      I am with you, I don't understand the butchering of the English language, nor the lack of work ethic in the work place demonstated by a majority of the teenagers that I run across. I am the mother of two teenagers, and also have to endure a lot of this at home....and NO they didn't learn it hear, and I can only imagine that they will hopefully outgrow it one day and return to the english speaking children that I raised. You did one word off of your list that I could live forever without ever hearing again; OMG. Great Hub! I look forward to reading more hubs by you!

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      your cybersister 7 years ago from Just relocated from Florida to the mountains of North Carolina

      Wow! I wasn't sure if I should laugh or cry. I think Buffy is now at Wal-mart, and I've been in her line! It is amazing how time warps while you are in a checkout line, even under the best of circumstances. I have worked retail for nearly 40 years and know how the experience SHOULD go and get quite frustrated when I am "tortured" for no reason. I know that there are "rules" and "system problems", but there are no valid excuses for bad manners, slang language, and bad attitude. And I not only listen to the butchering of our language when I'm out and about - I come home to it as well - I have teenage boys. I swear that they cannot carry on a conversation without the words WHATEVER, DUDE,WHATUP, and atleast one word that would have been considered a curse word in our day. I assure you they did NOT learn this at home...and I pray they outgrow it soon.


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