Being a part of the “technology” generation I believe that we have become so dependent on our phones, computers, and palm planners to do the thinking for us. When writing a paper, a blog, a facebook status, or twitter update we always count on the little red or green squiggle under the misspelled, grammatically incorrect, or repeated word to alert us and even fix our mistakes. By relying on technology as our ultimate solution, we have not found a need or even an interest in learning about our language and grammar.
With a disinterest in the subject of grammar and word origins/meanings I believe that we have lost a vital and even interesting thing to study or just look into for fun. I mean, who knew that the word “get” could have 63 meanings. If you really sit down to think about it, the word “get” is such a versatile word for only containing three letters.It can replace “be” , which is one of the most common words in the English language and it had many tenses though they might seem simple the past participle can get confusing. The American English is “gotten” while the British English is “got”.
It surprised me that such a small and often unnoticed word was so diverse and had so many meanings that we us in our day-to-day writing and speech. Usually the large and rare words are the ones that get confusing and considered the “smart” words that only scholars, but I think that if you know all the meanings and uses of “get” you belong in the same category. “Get” should serve as the new “smart” word.
I hope to rediscover the fundamentals of the English language and not rely on technology to do the thinking for me, though I will probably subscribe to the “Grammar Girl” blog and find her on twitter.