A Lament For The Endangered Little t

12 Nov


We are all aware of the non-native buggers invading our shores and slowly eradicating our native little darlings, the grey squirrel, crawfish, Japanese knotweed etc .. but there is an enemy that is invading our every day that we are all becoming infected by, we are spreading and contaminating every sentence and I doubt we even know about it.

I am referring to the glottal stop, this sound is endangering the existence of our much persecuted little t.  Of course language evolves, it is a living being, moulded, shape and adapted to our changing world, after all Shakespeare gave us festinate which we never use now but he would not understand words like electricity or cyber.  But this is more to do with the pronunciation.

Little t gets mugged with other letters, such as h for the th sound, and now we have it disappearing from within words altogether.  How often do we hear wa-er [water], pre–y [pretty], li–le [little], the obstructing of air at the glottal to produce a dulled sound, which will never become as melodic as the Bantu language.

Put the t back. Treasure that little tiny t and all it brings to the lyrical transcendence of vocalised text.


Posted by on November 12, 2015 in Grumble



3 responses to “A Lament For The Endangered Little t

  1. Bushka

    November 12, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Tragically…thus declines our Language…Evolution is not always for the ‘good’….. No excuse for slovenly speech or written language, though. 😉

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  2. deacongill

    November 13, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Like you, I lament the ‘evolution’ of language into the slovenly! I sometimes wonder if the adoption of the glottal stop in the middle of words isn’t a way that some educated people have to prove that they are no better than anyone else, and therefore should not be regarded as snobs … these things get wired into our culture without much, if any, scrutiny.

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    • AnneMarie

      November 13, 2015 at 1:53 pm

      I am just as guilty as the next person with this slipping into my natural vernacular, but more recently I have heard it creeping into words where the t is at the end, like get, that, it, etc. Unless like the grocers apostrophe it is just something noticed more frequently.

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