Estrada 1Johnny EstradaEnglish 101Professor Mirakyan1 November 2019Argument on LanguageAlthough Standard English may be easier to label things as right or wrong, society must accept that as times change, so does the English language; and should not be forced to stay with a strict set of rules because English is constantly changing, English is branching off and creating hybrid languages, and "improper" English should not determine the validity of a speaker/writer for choosing to venture away from the strict rules of Standard English. English should not simply be labeled as “right or wrong,” there is much more depth to written and spoken English beyond the rules imposed on it.English is a fluid language, it constantly changes as time passes. In his essay "English Belongs to Everybody," Robert MacNiel describes the changes in English and the people who feel affected by these changes. "Some are good-humored and tolerant of change, others intolerant and snobbish. Language reinforces feelings of social superiority and inferiority; it creates insiders and outsiders; it is a prop to vanity and a source of anxiety; and on both emotionsthe language snobs play. Yet the changes and the errors that irritate them are no different from those which have shaped our language for centuries" (MacNiel 192). MacNiel points out how strange it is that those fixated on being unaccepting of change to the English language are contradicting themselves through years of history. Those that are strict and "snobbish" with the English language become"killjoys" to those who take an interest in the language. By destroying an interest in the language, many will not feel comfortable or safe in trying to learn the language,
Estrada 2which, according to MacNiel, will create a sense of feeling like an outsider. MacNiel continues to describe his perception on the English language being seen as an ever-changing language. In his essay, MacNiel writes "Change is inevitable in a living language and is responsible for much of the vitality of English; it has prospered and grown because it was able to accept and absorb change" and continues, in short, to say that as times change, so will the English language, such asto describe new things (MacNiel 193). People need to accept that the English language will always change, as it always has. If humanity is to evolve and move forward, than it is necessary for languages to evolve as well.