Whenever I sit through a Literature Class, Writing Class, or Vocab Class, I always come to the same conclusion.

Why are we learning so many rare words?

Reading is, in it's own respect, an important part of learning. I won't deny that.

But if it's one thing I don't understand, it's their insistence we learn so many difficult words. For what purpose? As a student of 12 years, I think it's pretty safe for me to make my own theory.

Words are used to separate, to isolate different peoples of different classes. They're used as a barometer of your intelligence, no matter how well you express yourself with your "limited" vocabulary. Before I begin to explain how this cruel little system works in all it's biased garbage, I'm going to ask you a simple question.

What is the purpose of words?

Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that words are used to express yourself in a way people could actually understand. What is the purpose of learning these words if the majority of people don't understand them? Millions of Americans can not read or write above the Fourth Grade Level, never mind their vocabulary.

No matter what you say, no matter how noble your cause, you throw a couple of words in like meticulous, polemics, discordant, and the like and they're BOUND to stop listening.

What, you think they're gonna whip out their handy little dictionaries they had in their back pockets and look up what you just said? NOT LIKELY.

No, like most people they'll either nod their head absently if they're not interested, or if they actually know you they just might say....


So, finally I get to analyzing how this all goes down. Here's my theory in detail.

It's come to my attention time and time again that people who talk a certain way get ahead to those high paying jobs. They're the kind of people who'll use words like "decorum" pretty often. But why?

Because this way of speaking, which I'll call "Robotic English" is the uniform of the elite. It's how they can identify each other easily, it's also how they conform.

Yeah, Yeah I know. You can't judge a book by it's cover right?

Let's be honest. How many of us really do that? Let alone apply the saying to an actual book.

In the real world, indifference is pretty common. You see homeless guys all the time in cities, but you usually don't pay them any mind.

But your "Robotic English", well, that REALLY isolates you from most of the world! Learning these words is one thing, but using them, that really pushes people away.

If you frequently use those words, people with vocabularies more limited than yours will feel awkward around you. They might even resent you for being "a nerd." They won't talk to you because you make them feel insecure.

Either way, talking with you will always remind them how intelligent everyone views you and how intelligent they view them, no matter if they believe them or not.

How can people relate to you if they feel you're nothing like them? It's selfish maybe, but it's the truth.

So you're rejected by your peers (the ones who talk normal anyway), but there's another group. One that'll embrace you. The "successful" crowd. They make friends with you, and you continue the pattern of talking the way you do, completely unaware you're just getting deeper and deeper into the cycle. Pretty soon, you'll start unconsciously thinking everyone who says words like Yo, Son, What Up, and the like are inferior. That's one side of the story.

Now let's look at it from the other angle.

You've been born in humble origins. Your parents are poor working class citizens and you're living in a not so great neighborhood. Day to Day survival becomes an issue cause even though both your parents work you're on welfare and you go to a poor public school. Your teachers, for the most part, are nothing like those incredible ones from Boston Public and are not very interested in your personal circumstances. Your classmates tend to be very openly hostile to signs of "nerdiness", and you're given boring, outdated books to work with.

Does this make you stupid? No.

Does this make people THINK you're stupid? YES.

Again, let's be honest here. Take an average kid from a poor public school and take another from a better off school.

Now, wait till about August, two months after their finals. Now, ask them both the same question separately, something along the lines of:

"When did World War II take place?"

I am SO willing to bet money chances are they'll both get it wrong.

Why? 'Cause they memorized it, and forgot it as soon as it outlived it's usefulness.

Honor Rolls aren't for the smartest. They're for the kids who memorize best.

But English...

English is different. It's different because unlike everything else you learn, it's the one thing you use constantly. Everything, every word, every thought: English. Even if it's not your first language you're still bombarded by all sides in English. TV, Radio, Movies, Games, everywhere.

You constantly practice it, you apply it every day. It starts to get in your memory then. By pure repetition alone. But even that has it's limits. Even if you learn new words in class, you won't remember them if you don't use them.

Why do you think so many kids don't know when the Civil War was during summer?

Ahhh, now here is where the upper-class really screws you over.

If you don't live in an environment outside of your school that uses these words, then HOW THE F**K ARE YOU GONNA REMEMBER THEM?!!

That's right folks. You know the saying: "Use it or Lose it?" Well, it's true.

But not for the upper-class. They're in a cushy environment where you'll hear them use those words so much you'll wanna wring their friggin' neck!

That's how it works. It's rigged right from birth.

Face it, a good number of us are screwed.

So what? You might ask. So what if they know some fancy words? I still got a fair shot at a high paying job!

Well, for starters, let's look at something all high school kids are familiar with. The SAT.

Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Translation: OH SH*T!

Now, most professional businesses look kindly on people who've been to college. It's pretty much a prerequisite now. If an employer thinks two candidates seem evenly matched and can't decide, college related data is probably the first thing he'll go for to compare. Your SAT could affect how good a college you went to.

Guess what makes half your SAT score.

Go on, guess!

English Vocab, Reading and Comprehension. Whoa, didn't see THAT one coming did you? What a surprise!

The other half is Math, but I'll deal with THAT bastard some other time.

So there you have it folks. I've laid my theory down for you. It's up to you to decide how accurate I am, and decide you should.

I might write more later, but for now I gotta go. Some other time people.