The Ways We Use The English Language. The various ways in which Americans us the English Language

Essay by Jason HodgeUniversity, Bachelor'sA, November 1996

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(Comp II) My text's used were Negotations, an English book widely used, and the paperback, 100 Best Loved Poems.

While reading the essay 'Muddle in a Puddle,' some very colorful images came to

my mind about what I have done in my life that compare to this particular piece. Of all

the times I have embarrassed myself by sticking my foot in my mouth, or by making a fool

of myself by playing with a strange toy in the toy department, only to my surprise,

everyone in the toy department was laughing at me. As Robert Herrick mentions in his

poem '_O how that glittering taketh me!' (100 Best Loved Poems, 12) That's how I felt

at that time. All of us have experienced things like this in our lives, and it is strange what

makes it so interesting to watch people make fools of themselves, as mentioned by Baker

in this quote, '...and

any one could could have spoken out as one human might speak to

another....not one had said that.' (156)

Yet another piece really spoke to me about the ways people communicate on a

daily basis. 'I led the Pigeons to the Flag' was very exact to the feelings I have of

miscommunications and mishearings. I can remember times in which I have done the

very same things that were mentioned in this essay, like singing a tune over and over out

loud, then looking over the lyrics later. Only to my knowledge, my version of

'Cannonball' was actually 'Panama.' The way we hear and say things is also very

influential in the way others hold us in their standings. If someone catches us slipping up,

they might think we are weird, or stupid. It could also be a good ice-breaker for a good

friendly relationship.