LETTER: Please speak my language

To the editor:

The races are on — meaning the political races.

So much is lost on me because my ears can’t distinguish between many words spoken by pundits (people who give opinions in an authoritative manner usually through mass media) who sit around in groups shouting at each other in shrill (high-pitched, piercing voice) exchanges.

Then there are the media folks who use doublespeak (language that deliberately distorts meaning and truth to support their personal viewpoints and those of their boss).

The difference today between truth and fantasy seems very blurred.

Whatever happened to plainspeak (outspoken, blunt language that avoids verbose [using more words than needed)], convoluted [complex and difficult to follow like this letter] language and jargon [nonsense])?

Not to mention all this fuss about being politically corrrect, meaning if you don’t think as I think you are offensive.

Therein lies a problem for me. To whom are the pundits (and politicians) talking? In other words, “Who y’all talking to?” Each other mostly?

Then there are the candidates who use doublespeak (language that deliberately obscures, disguises, distorts or reverses the meaning of words).

Recently, one pundit (commonly referred to as a group as “talking heads”) answered a question by saying a payment to Iran was “quid pro quo.”

There used to be a class at Richmond Senior High School in Latin, and may still be.

For those who never studied Latin (I rely on Internet definitions today), the phrase has to do with granting a favor in return for something, like release of a hostage.

I prefer people who tell it like “it” is when it comes to issues. And, use plain language. Not all of us are Harvard University graduates.

All I have to do is try to figure out through my personal biases what the truth of “it” might be to suit myself.

The best way to reach me is for the pundits and politicians to talk my language and not try to impress me with their highfalutin (pompous [self-important] or pretentious) vocabulary and terminology which they use among themselves with which the rest of us might not be familiar.

Most of us don’t sit in front of the television with a dictionary in our laps much less magazines on current events (which have their own biases).

Tom MacCallum


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