What does our Language say about us and our culture?

I believe the language we all individually use is representative of who we are talking to and for what purpose the conversation is for. For example, if I were in a rap festival in the United Kingdom, I would intentionally use certain words and slang that I know people who are familiar with rap culture will understand and reciprocate – this is called jargon. However this jargon is not used when I am at home or at school as I am addressing different people with a different motive. This shows that language and culture change depending upon the people we are talking to and why. It also changes over time, for example the generational barrier between consecutive and different generations.

The videos and articles I read for English made me realise how inappropriate and cringe it can be when someone says something culturally insensitive, especially when they have no place in saying what they said (Mitt Romney with his comment relating to ‘black’ culture).

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