1965: A Turning Point for our Language

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 03/15/2004 - 15:44

In his treatise on the changes in our language over the last half of the last century, author and linguistics professor John McWhorter marks the year of his birth as a turning point towards a more relaxed and less elegant use of language. His book, "Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music and Why We Should, Like, Care" (Gotham Books, 279 pages, $26) claims that the introduction of color TV and a lack of trust in government (Vietnam) began to "elevate the visual over the written in American culture" article here from the Chicago Tribune .