Word Mutations

By Gordon Hopkins

This is unacceptable.Words are important to me. As a writer and journalist, words are my bread and butter. So, as you can imagine, I believe the written word is deserving of a certain amount of respect. To me, the word is sacred.Unfortunately, though a mere two decades old, plus some change, the new millennium has already inflicted some unspeakable crimes against my beloved language. I'm talking about things like:Fo Shizzle (Sounds like a soft drink.)Chillax (Sounds like a brand name laxative.)On Fleek (Sounds like a symptom that would cause your doctor to order a biopsy.)Dawg (Because, despite ever-present digital media...


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