Eric, my partner in crime, the brains of the operation, the one who won’t get arrested, wrote in the dawn of creation, okay, the birth of this blog, that language is an ever flowing river or something similar. I did look in the archives, but not too hard. Whatever he wrote was correctamundo.
Will our interest in language ever change? I speak for Eric here, but the answer is negatory.
Whilst talking about language may not be gnarly or rad, we can’t avoid using it.
Mobile phone (cell phone, if you like) technology has changed things further. The advent of the internet and email was a start of things, but this SMS texting bollocks is ‘doing my head in.’
Friends send me messages and I just end up calling them because for all I know they could be saying that I shave my gonads with a cheese grater. I actually think this is a conspiracy so I run up a bill and they don’t. See what good friends I have?
Older readers, and younger ones who watch repeats of old TV shows while eating highly nutritious convenience food, will be familiar with a couple of words I used earlier: correctamundo and negatory. TV shows have been responsible for a lot of language changes. Perhaps not the actual creation of words, but certainly the spread of them.
More recent productions, and you’ll have to excuse me here as we get American shows about a year or so after they’ve aired in the States, such as Dark Angel and Malcolm in the Middle are responsible for bringing new words to Britain.
Another source of education for me is MTV.
I wonder how quickly or slowly language would change were it not for modern media.
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