Embrace dem works, don't dis them - Trina Trice

Language is wonderful because it is probably the only aspect of humanity that one can see evolving, literally.

With every new edition of a dictionary, such as Webster's, new words are added, solidifying their membership in the grand club of the English language.

The gradual acceptance of words like "d'oh," thanks to America's most beloved buffoon Homer Simpson and "phat," a word from the early hip-hop culture that means great, rich, attractive or anything good is endearing because embracing change is good for the collective mental and spiritual health.

We can thank the 1920s generation for words like "hooch" to describe alcohol and "juiced," "plastered," "tanked" and "out like a light" to describe drunkeness.

But some people don't take too kindly to evolution of language. I suppose if they had it their way they'd still be speaking thees and thous.

The youth of western culture, whether you like or not, have contributed greatly to the evolution (or de-evolution if you're one of those kind of people) of words.

I couldn't imagine what my life would be like if I couldn't say "whatever," "gag me with a spoon" or "like, ohmigod" for the sorely needed humorous verbal punch while charming scores of people at parties.

Street slang, although usually rough around the edges, can also be fun. It's just that simple.

Embrace words, my fellow humans, no matter from what region, race, gender or age group they come.

You can speak proper English if you'd like, but you'd be missing out on a world of fun.

Besides, if I don't keep up with the kids, yo', yo', yo', you know what I'm sayin', den I won't be the hip, young thang I am.


Trina Trice is the education reporter for the News Daily. Comments should be sent to ttrice@news-daily.com.