The author's profile in an all-time best-seller novel reads, 'He married his wife in 1951...." Marrying X, Y or Z, or even someone else's wife is possible, but how does anyone marry his 'own' wife again? An error in reasoning that defies our logic! Let us gloss over this as acne on the face of a beautiful language!
Isn't changing a language 'much more easier' than spending years learning it?
Years ago, defending 'Act of Union' in the House of Commons, Joseph Addison began his speech: 'Mr. Speaker, I conceive...' An uproar cut him short. Addison started again, 'Mr. Speaker, I conceive...' For some reason he repeated, 'Mr. Speaker, I conceive...' A member in the opposition interjected: 'Mr Speaker, the honourable member has conceived thrice and brought forth nothing!' Well, let us accept that thoughts are more viscous than words!
In a play by William Shakespeare, Desdemona tells Othello: 'I understand the fury in your words, but not the words.' That is it. We have hit pay dirt!
Look at some of the English speaking anchors on India's TV channels. We 'see' them talking at smoking speeds, seldom 'hear' them! Their eagerness to impress, pains us! We struggle to catch up with them as if on a 'pot-filled road'!
We realise that it is style that matters, not clarity or accuracy. They greet us with 'Very good morning,' never 'Very goodnight'! Comparisons sound profound when they say 'More better' and 'Much more better'! They make us believe that 'At this point of time' is more precise than 'Now', 'Put an end to' has a finality that doesn't come with 'End', and 'Return back' guarantees a reassuring 'Return'! 'Anyways'...
'Anyways'? Yes, because the good old 'Anyway' has become boringly stiff and staid! Who said nouns only can be plural? Trash the grammar! And stop drawing parallels with 'Anyone', 'Anybody', 'Anything', 'Anyhow' or 'Anywhere'.
'When the English language gets in my way,
I walk over it.'
— Billy Sunday