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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Subtitles..for American English???

I guess I don't watch that much T.V. or at least recently produced TV. Recently, on a whim I made the mistake of watching Honey Pie Boo Boo or something of that sort. Oh, what a disaster! Besides being obscene, one thing that really stuck out to me is how poorly this family spoke. So poor in fact, that subtitles were needed. This is an AMERICAN family. I don't know what part of the country they were from, but they didn't even have any strong accents, it's just their ability to speak and form words was SO poor, subtitles were needed.

I wrongfully thought that perhaps it was just this one show and this was an extreme case. WRONG!! More recently I watched "Beyond Scared Straight" and SAME thing. Subtitles needed for American born and raised people!

First thought I had was that perhaps these people spent so much time online and were used to using "internet slang" IE: LOL, BFF, ROTFL, etc...that they were left incapable of speaking proper English due to lack of practice. Second thought though, I wondered how much was due to lack of education.  I really don't know, but I have seen other shows with subtitles for English speaking people too, and I am no longer shocked, but just sad and scared for the future of our country. Seriously.

Meanwhile, I think I will stick to the classics and older T.V. shows or better yet, DVD's of Oldies but Goodies where the people still speak an understandable version of the once beautiful English Language.

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