Wednesday

Some New English Words

English, like most languages, is pretty fluid; new words and a new usages come and go. The Oxford English Dictionary has definitions for about 750,000 words and is the world's most comprehensive single-language print dictionary, according the Guinness. The Online Edition just added quite a few unusual ones, such as derp and twerk. While it may cause old coots like me to wince slightly, if you think back to the middle of the last century, how about the song "Mairzy Doats"? Younger readers will be completely baffled by this one; and how about "Pig Latin"? Granted the song was a novelty, but Pig Latin was (is?) used quite widely - even though it's not a "real" language, it was pretty widely recognized. Seems like we messed around with language quite a bit back then too...it just happens that much more quickly in the Internet age.


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