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LANGUAGE SHOULD BE LEFT ALONE In American society language is constantly operated for political intentions Language cannot be studied without getting involved in social issues Language of a culture can enable you to learn ones values and beliefs This is evident considering the power of words The power of words often comes from its suggestion and situation rather than its dictionary definition Hint and suggestion of a word gives language the power to confuse and even to harm The possibility of disagreement and danger makes the choices of words important Many words of course simultaneously convey a report and a judgment of the facts reported For the purpose of a report as here defined these should be avoidedP202 Language is very political and should not be manipulated it should be left alone to shape and from itself Any struggle against the abuse of language is a sentimental use of ancient words or techniques With this statement lies the belief that language is a natural growth and not an instrument which we shape for our own purposes Most words change their meanings over time without bothering anyone so we dont now care that boy original meant servant of either sex or nice meant ignorant foolish or that prestige meant a deceptionWhat Is And Isnt In a Word Language is convenient substitute for non-linguistic claims that are often awkward to express for they add to the demand for more political and economic power Political language has to consist largely of euphemism question and cloudy imprecision Large groups that gain political power can influence what they are called For example in 1967 with the civil rights movement growing the United Sates Board on Geographic Names changed Nigger to Negro in 143 American place names Language has the political force to split a country wide apart On August first of last year the US House of Representatives approved a bill that would make English the official
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