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why are we looking fo sterility??
the standardization of the language, sadly enough, will sooner take away vineyards and the colour from the language leaving just simple and mere cement.
Standard forms do have a wider coverage, so they have their time and place. There's not much point in learning Cockney Rhyming Slang if you are a Finn who does a lot of business in Brazil and uses English as a common language.
I do agree with you regarding the businessman doing his job in Brazil will surely prefer a more standardized English rather than Cockney Rhyming:), which however would be interesting listening to. But what I meant was by standardizing the language is as stripping away part of the culture, the whole of the Nation sounding as the BBC News at 8 reader!! Moreover, when you refer to a businessman doing his job, you intend that he will use the business jargon, as all specialists will do in their own areas, they will use a specific jargon, which is totally fine and should be like this. Yet is not jargon in which I am interested, what really worries me is to thoroughly standardise a language, and hence as I have already said it will only make it more sterile: millions of robots walking in the streets with the same accent, tone, use of words… BRRrrrrrrrrrrr a scary perspective of the future!
I agree with your points. I think the problem is the term 'best' which implies a heirarchy. It may well be the most useful or widely understood, but that doesn't make it 'better'. There's n o moral high ground, IMO. ;-)
It's what I like best.
standard english is the best
It's the most widely understood, so it has the edge for me.
Standard English is a good tool for communication but lacks the individualities, the quirks, the emotional qualities, the history and the passion of dialect English. It depends on context, really. Newsreading demands standard English, but telling a fairy story doesn't.
The best English is standard English,but the inverse is false,because the best English includes others besides standard.
Standard english, as I know it, is how any American speaks, who is not from New York, New England, somewhere between N. Carlolina and Texas, or with a foreign accent.
Is usingenglish.com a UK based website?
There should be a strong adherance to the use of a standard english to build a better generation yet to come really a shame to hear people wrongly using I was an you was