Reading or listening to the media can sometimes give cold shivers like a fingernail scratching on a blackboard. Why are we compelled to render simple English into complicated words and redundant phrases? “Arrearages”, “return back”? What was wrong with “arrears” and “return”, respectively? Then there is the commonly misconstrued use of the possessive “your” for the abbreviated “you’re” and “there” for “their”. Certainly, languages are constantly evolving but we are getting lazier in our use of them. English seems to have more than a million total words, about 170,000 words in current use, and 20,000-30,000 words used by each individual person, and a fraction of that by yours truly. Perhaps I should just 😊 and get on with it.