Teenage Life

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As an English assignment I was told to record a speech of one of my 'pet peeves'. It was only to be 5 minutes long and have three main points. This discouraged me a great deal as if you take any one of my 'pet peeves' and I could rant for at least a half an hour on each, if not more. Much less I was not about to change my way of speaking in complete and absolute monotone just to sound more enthusiastic as suggested. I am not an enthusiastic person, it's just not going to happen. After posting the speech here I got so many positive responses to it I have decided to keep it up rather then take it down even though I personally have outgrown it, seeing as I am no longer a teenager.

Good evening dear audience. As you all know I am here to discuss one of the most irksome aspects of the society in which I live in. I have come to talk to this adoring audience about a light-hearted and sometime humorous topic of the typical teen-age stereo-type as the announcer has already told you.

Now I’d like to start out my little speech by telling you all that I am a people watcher. All my life from the time I was barely able to talk until now I have always preferred to watch the people around me rather then actually participating in any of their activities. It is because of this that I am so bold in pointing out all that bothers me about my teen-age peers.

One of the most prominent issues brought up by this people watching is the fact that teen-agers like for some reason to sound unintelligent and unsophisticated. Whatever they say does the opposite of command respect. For instance if I hear one more person use the catch phrase “whazzup” or use the word “like” 30 times in one sentence I just may be tempted to do or say something terribly rash.

I admit I was never the typical teen or the typical girl for that matter. And there are a few reasons for this but mainly I just see the life of a teen-age girl pointless, utterly exhausting and quite frankly lame. Back to the topic of how teen-agers talk though there is one thing you’ll never find me doing and that is talking on the phone for 2 or 4 hours to one of my friends explaining some useless teen-age drivel and frivolous banter. I have no idea how girls can get on the phone and yap away for hours on end to some one they’ve already spent the entire day with. Perhaps it’s just me.

One thing that’s even more bothersome then the phone talk however is the lack of any intelligent vocabulary. I find myself constantly dumbing down my speech and explaining vocabulary they should already know like “banter”, “haughty”, “enthralled”, “caviar”, “albeit”, and “lewd.” It’s quite sad to think that these, my friends, are the smarter of the general masses. It’s quite pathetic indeed.

However you have to hand it to them, whatever teen-age girls lack in vocabulary they make up by adding drama to everything. I don’t know about any one else but I’m quite sick of the drama queen acts myself. You all know the girl that just exclaims “oh but Johnny doesn’t love me! I could just die!” or “Today was the absolute worst day of my life. I’m never going back for as long as I live!” Personally I am quite annoyed by the over use of exclamations and the absurd over exaggerations.

However it’s no small wonder why they talk the way they do. I blame the media, their music and their literature of which I’llAs an English assignment I was told to record a speech of one of my 'pet peeves'. It was only to be 5 minutes long and have three main points. This discouraged me a great deal as if you take any one of my 'pet peeves' and I could rant for at least a half an hour on each, if not more. Much less I was not about to change my way of speaking in complete and absolute monotone just to sound more enthusiastic as suggested. I am not an enthusiastic person, it's just not going to happen. After posting the speech here I got so many positive responses to it I have decided to keep it up rather then take it down even...
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