I watch a lot of television - too much in fact. I watch so much that I often find myself talking back to the TV set. Mainly what I say - shout to be exact - is to correct the atrocious use of the language. I am referring to people who should know better, people who are knowledgeable on certain topics, people whose profession is to talk on television.
These days there is a lot of discussion on health related subjects and, more especially, on the elections. I have selected just two words that can be heard many times a day, every day of the week, both in commercials and on news broadcasts.
The first of these words is DIABETES. This is a well-known illness and should present no problem to pronounce. Why in the name of heaven do people say dia-bee-dees instead of dia-bee-tes? It should be perfectly obvious to anyone with two eyes and a brain that there is no 'D' in the word. It is pronounced just the way it looks.
The second word, heard a hundred or more times a day, is CANDIDATE. This one should be even easier. Like the previous word, this one too, is pronounced just the way it looks - can-di-date. The last syllable is d-a-t-e, not d-i-t. It's can-di-date, not can-di-dit. What is so difficult?
There are many other examples of the atrocities perpetrated against our language. I have chosen these two to express my indignation. Why do I bother? Why am I so upset? I believe that this careless attitude toward the spoken language is indicitave of the breakdown of western civilization. A similar situation occurred with Latin just before the Roman Empire was overrun by savage hordes from outside. Look what happened to the Latin language. I don't want to see the same thing happen to English in this country. Speak properly or descend into mongrelization.