It might come as a shock to you to learn that, by and large, I actually talk in real life in exactly the same way that I write upon this blog. Needless to say then, I don’t talk like a “normal person.”
Part of this is deliberate: English can be a beautiful language, with many lovely words* and eloquent constructs. The problem, though, is that if everyone is purely utilitarian in their use of the language, then true beauty of English will atrophe from lack of use. Thus, I make a point of speaking (and writing) in a beautiful way, even at the expense of concision, because I am ideologically motivated by my belief in the value of “uselessness.”
Even so, there are times when I’m prepared to make accept terse, modern, utilitarian vocabulary. I am speaking, of course, about the phrase “that sucks.”
What a wonderful phrase! It’s so hard, so concise, and so damned useful! Slang comes and slang goes, but I can’t imagine that “sucks” will be fading from the vernacular any time soon. It fills a legitimate linguistic need. English benefits from having a quick and easy way to dismiss something. What else are you going to say? “That is posessed of inferior quality?”
No! It sucks! Sucks! Sucks! Sucks!
God, even writing it is so much fun!
*My alltime favourite word is “madrigal,” just for the record.