I’m sure you’ve all seen this meme, right?
Wherein the adults of the world declare that when they were young, popular music had real lyrics and used beautiful language. I guess this one is suggesting that the popular opinion of the world has gone to poo since society deigns to enjoy the music of someone singing lyrics of such meager linguistic content. And while I don’t think its fair to compare Justin Bieber to Frank Sinatra (an argument that I won’t get into here), I do think that this little visual rant has a bit of something to it. From using text message abbreviations to general linguistic use, our everyday language does feel like it has gone a little bit downhill. Perhaps we could stand to use a few more robust words in our colloquial vocabulary?
To that end, I present you with the handy infographic below. As a former language major and linguistics geek, I’ve always found that there are some really cool words in other languages that contain more meaning than the average term and don’t necessarily translate in the same way to other languages. So what are some of these great words? Keep reading to learn more.