A tale of two languages

Just real quick, I wanted to say thank you to stonehooper, who triggered this blog post through our conversation on another post of mine.

I couldn’t explain to you why it sparked this, but it did, so thanks!

Oh, and then I found this when I searched “I love lingusitics”. I thought it was hilarious, and wanted to share it. I’ve linked the picture with the source.

So, anyway, story time!

There’s actually a dialect of Latin called Vulgar Latin*, which is not as crude as you currently think. Vulgar, in this case means lacking sophistication, unrefined, for the masses. So it got it’s name because it wasn’t the language of the wealthy and royal. They spoke Classical Latin. So, while accepted, it was looked down upon. This will become important for a minute, but let’s hop to another story.

Our little story jump lands us to the US, in modern times. We have a dialect of English that’s look upon the same way, if not worse**. Ebonics is widely considered an indicator of a lacking education, and often looked down upon racially as well, rather than understanding it as being a valid dialect of English  – which it totally is! It’s got a really interesting history*.

So how do these two things combine? Well, Vulgar Latin was the starting the path toward this tiny little, relatively unknown language known as…


It’s all a matter of the times. Don’t just be interested in other languages, but dialects of your own language as well. Remember that a dialect isn’t a specific indicator of anything. Rather, it’s another beautiful evolution of this crazy human thing called language. Just, please, remember to enjoy it all as it is, don’t judge people because they speak your language differently, you’re getting the chance to take a peek into the evolution of a language, and that is amazing.

Have a beautiful day sunshines!

*This is a link to the Encyclopædia Britannica, which has limited viewing capabilities if you aren’t a member. I don’t know if you guys will be able to read the whole thing or not, I’m sorry if you can’t see it.

**This is Urban Dictionary, and it can get really nasty and mean, just a heads up.


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