Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Letters to the Editor

April 10, 2014

letter to the editor

A polite invitation to proper language usage

Dear Editor:

Am I the only person to notice that the splendid word “invitation” is rapidly disappearing from our English language?

One now receives an “invite” to this or that function, but no longer an invitation. After all these years I’m a bit fuzzy on grammatical definitions, but I believe “invite” is a verb, while “invitation” is a noun and the two should never be confused.

I fully realize that our language, and I presume others, are indeed in a constant state of change, but I’m convinced those changes are often not for the better.

I think examples such as “invite” used when “invitation” is meant bespeaks language laziness, which has become chronic in today’s world.

The ongoing and unfathomable disappearance of cursive writing and texting in its own crude language have undoubtedly contributed heavily to the corruption of our language.

Now, I not suggesting that we should all be speaking and writing in Shakespearean terms, and many changes in our language have actually led to improvement. In fact, I could quickly think of some of our word spellings and multiple meanings that make no sense at all and I’m certain would make learning our language very difficult.

So in conclusion, some language change is inevitable and even good, but please don’t send me an “invite.”

Best regards,

Norm Voiles

Rural Rushville

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