Sunday, November 20, 2011

Slow Down...You're Movin' Too Fast!

I received a phone call the other day.  It went something like this:

Caller:  Hi, lmclinfromunsteranwantoknowifyoudliketomakeanappointmntforyerairbaforethehaldays.

Me:  You’re calling from where?

Caller:  Calling from unsterandwantoknowifyoudliketomakeanappointmntforyerairbaforethehaldays.

Me:  I am sorry. I cannot understand a single word you are saying.  You’re calling from On-Star? (my General Motors navigational system?)

Caller:  Yes.

Me: (Wondering what On-Star would want).  What can I help you with?

Caller: I just wantoknowifyoudliketomakeanappointmntforyerairbaforethehaldays.

By now, I was ALMOST at the point that I thought MAYBE it was me and I was having a stroke or something and couldn’t understand what was happening.

Me:   You’re going to have to slow down and speak more clearly.  I can’t understand anything you’re saying.

Her:     I'm-calling-from-All-Star.  I-wanted-to-know-if-you-want-to-make-an-appointment-for-your-hair- before-the-holidays.

All-Star?  Hair?    Then it hit me.  One day I walked into the new “Ulta” store in the neighborhood.  The store had just opened and I was curious as to what it had to offer.  When I walked in, I noticed that in the back of the store, they were cutting hair. 

I am a spur-of-the-moment kinda gal when it comes to my hair.  Although I do almost all the cut and coloring myself, on this particular day I decided to get a trim from the young girl waiting for her next victim client.  Why not, I thought, and plunked down in the chair.

If you had asked me the name of the salon inside the store, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you.  I thought, perhaps, it was just called Ulta…like the store.

Anyway…now…a couple months later, I received the dreaded sales call.

What is happening to the English language and our young people?  I am horrified!  SLOW DOWN!  Annunciate your words, PLEASE!  I know MOST abbreviate in text messages, but must you speak in abbreviations, too?

This isn’t the first time something like this has happened.

Then today, when I picked up my local paper, a Mr. Frank Beaumont, hit the nail on the head, when he wrote: 

Some can actually understand this overheard conversation:

              “No, Twirlytweet”

Most of us would scratch our heads and wonder what was said.  


             "Did you eat?"
            "No…did you?"
             "No, It’s too early to eat."

I wonder if the English teachers (or ANY teacher) ever tell their students the importance of clearly annunciating their words.  I’ve seen some local access cable shows and by what I see on the “news” channels from our local high schools…….I highly doubt it.


  1. Having taught English, I'm appalled at the lack of understandable verbiage these days with correct pronounciation. Having said that, I needtagonow so I caneat somthin.

  2. Thanks for your comment, Pam. It's so true. I am afraid of what is happening to our language....both the written and spoken word.

  3. This is great. My grandkids talk to me that same way and I'm always telling them to slow down. And, just like you I get a phone call and I'm constantly saying "I'm sorry but I don't understand a thing you said." I thought it was just because I was getting older. It feels good to know it is not just me...
    Thanks for the blog.

  4. I actually found myself at a point and time ago almost (almost) SAYING, "LOL". I would have been mortified. Just goes to show how much of an influence all this on us. And my son is almost 21. Good story! Thank you.

  5. Hey, After the holidays we should go grab a coffee and chat. I love your blogs, they are so down-to-earth and true life. Thanks for the info on the naming of streets... Have a great Christmas. Sue

  6. Hi Sue,

    Not sure how to contact you, but I'd love to meet for a chat. I'm going to find you on Facebook!


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