Over the past few days, I’ve been in fast food places, gas stations, convenience stores and motels, and in all of them I hear this same… whatever it is…
“I can help who’s next.”
or is it “Whose next…?”
Either way it makes no sense whatsoever!
Since “who’s” is a contraction for “who is” wouldn’t it actually be a question? But then if it is a question, what does it mean?
I can’t stand it any more!!
Has the state of education in these United States fallen so low that nobody cares that what they are saying in public is effectively meaningless? I heard a quote one time, credited to Rose Kennedy, in which she is supposed to have said, “Effective people speak effectively.” If she was right, and I think she was, then people waiting on customers in America are, for the most part, not effective people!
When I was in school, I was taught that we think the way we speak. If our speech is meaningless or sloppy, so will our thinking be sloppy. If you look around and listen to what people say, there is an awful lot of sloppiness going on out there. Is that how the politicians are so easily able to fool us? Is that why we are so ready to fall for double talk and lies from public officials and corporate representatives… and don’t even get me started on the legal profession…
The saddest part is that there is also an awful lot of sloppy language in preaching these days. Could it be that this has contributed to the decline of the church in America? Could this be one of the reasons that so much modern theology is so cluttered with nonsense and so short on clear and honest Truth?
OK, I have a nasty habit of listening to what people say rather than just for what they mean; I’m most likely a victim of my training somewhere along the line, and to be honest, I catch myself speaking like that from time to time. Maybe I’m just too critical; some think so. Maybe we should be more careful to say what we mean and go back to using words more effectively, words that convey the actual meaning of what we are trying to communicate.
I know, it’s a radical notion; forget it. Sorry for ranting.
I can help who’s next…