It’s an observable fact that society has been conditioned by media to revel in its own ignorance. People have not only developed an aversion to ‘big words’, they actively suppress their use.

George Orwell, in his book 1984, articulated the correlation between vocabulary and thinking:

“Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller.”

Without diction we areĀ unable to express what we think; consequently, we relinquish our faculty to reason.

Therefore, beware those who would inhibit the learning of language in the name of ‘making things more understandable’. These acts not only encourage illiteracy, they glorify ignorance. The insidious process isn’t called ‘dumbing down’ for nothing.

Thirty two years ago, the Police released a song whose deceptively frivolous title (composed of eight monosyllables strung together in a salvo of infantile gibberish) belied a scathing message about the banality and abuse of words: De Do Do Do De Da Da Da.

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