Presenting the Bard of Avon

For Sooth, As Shakespeare Might have Written it…

At a time in history and culture when our society, in an effort to find democratic equality, seeks to find the lowest common denominator of style and values it would seem our speech has contracted to such a degree that the ubiquitous “f” word has come to represent every-other noun, verb, pronoun, and adjective in all conversations from business to street level. Yes, even in some homes the word rolls off the tongue with ease and aplomb whether from toddler or ol’ grandad. Yet with such a redundancy of a word in usage and form how can ideas and concepts be formed? Perhaps this is why there is such loquacity, (simply to express a clear thought), within our society and why despite political correctness and even legislation there is a failure of people to understand or empathize with each other.

ShakespeareAccording to the stand-up comedian below, Shakespeare had a working vocabulary of 54,000 words, that is, he used them in his casual everyday speech. We in the English speaking world now have about 3,000. Yikes and gadzooks! Does the “f” word make up the difference of 51,000 formerly used words? Clearly, it speaks volumes of the intellectual capacity of the average contemporary citizen of Western Society. In our primary schools, vocabulary once considered essential to the education of a well-rounded man, has taken a back seat; even within our traditional schools. Perhaps it is now time to regain what we have lost of the English language by implementing at school and at home a campaign to add words not only to the vocabulary but also to our everyday working speech.

The below YouTube video, sent by a reader, is both entertaining and frightening, in that it makes a caricature of modern man, yet bodes ill for the future when words will not express ideas, concepts, feelings, and emotions. Meantime, I bring you the Bard of Avon:
John Branyan – The Three Little Pigs

Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.

P.S. I apologize if I could not clearly express my view of the state of the English language today, but at least I restrained myself from using the “f” word! 😉


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This group is for the practical application of Catholic Distributist teachings as promoted by Pope St. Pius X, Belloc, Chesterton, Maurin and others in the 20th century. This group is also a respite for traditional Catholics who adhere to the Tridentine Rite of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and who share a concern for small independent Catholic communities throughout the world. These communities while primarily small holding farmers, craftsmen and tradesman all espouse an integrated life based on Catholic Social Justice and the Sacred Magisterium of the Church. Through this we intend to inject the Distributist economic principles into the greater society. Please fell free to share your experiences in this vein. Flaming, proselytizing and persecution WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
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