Writers Write’s “The Insidious Pull of Pop Language” talks about the invasion of pop culture words and phrases and their impact on writing.
William Grimes of The New York Times discusses Leslie’ Savan’s new book, Slam Dunks and No-Brainers: Language in Your Life, the Media, Business, Politics, and, Like, Whatever (Knopf). Savan is horrified by the seepage into everyday speech of “pop language.” Pop language — hip phrases and lingo that is derived from advertisements and TV mostly — is even used by politicians and those who should know better, according to Savan. Grimes thinks Savan is too uptight and that pop language keeps language fresh and changing.
What do you think of the introduction of “everyday speech” into blogs and general writing? Do you tend to use popular jargon in your blogging prose, or do you clean it up for your reader? Should we speak leet or keep it clean and grammatically proper?