language has gotten less reasonable and more
emotional says a study by researchers at Wageningen
University & Research (WUR) and Indiana University. The study—"The rise and fall of rationality in language,"
published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the
United States of America—found that the past several decades have seen a
shift from the language of rationality to the language of emotion. Duh! I
could have told them that prior to the study.
study’s co-author, Ingrid van de Leemput, said "Whatever the drivers, our
results suggest that the post-truth phenomenon is linked to a historical seesaw
in the balance between our two fundamental modes of thinking: Reasoning versus
According to a report on reason.com, “The researchers looked
at the language used in millions of English and Spanish-language books
published between 1850 and 2019, analyzing the use of 5,000 frequently used
words. The rise of reasoning words like determine and conclusion and
the decline of intuitive words like feel and believe could be seen starting around 1850 and
lasting until the late 20th century. But over the past 40 years, this trend
reversed, as words associated with intuition and emotion were used more
frequently and words associated with fact-based arguments were used less
frequently.” Especially by Democrats and “progressives.”
The way things are going, I wouldn’t be surprised if one day
soon most of us communicate solely by emojis.
Or even by grunts and other primitive auditory clues.
So much for Shakespeare.
When facts are deemed “misinformation,” reason is considered
racist, and speaking the truth is grounds for getting “cancelled”—or worse—it
is no surprise that our language has been similarly degraded and stripped of
Ask a conservative why this has
come to pass, and he or she might say: “Why? It is because, sadly, many people
have lost the ability to reason, to process information logically.”
Ask a progressive the same question
and you will likely hear: “Why? Like, you know fucking why you racist pig!
Like, holy fucking shit, man, Trump supporters, like, loosed this deadly
pandemic on us because they hate marginalized peoples!!! And, like, the world’s
gonna end in ten years anyway ‘cuz it’s just gonna burn up ‘cuz of fossil fuels and Big Oil!! And the
unvaccinated, man, like they should just do the rest of us a favor and die ‘cuz
they are heartless and don’t care about others!!!!! Like, no shit, I’m serious,