English 2.0

via xkcd.com

“I’ll Google it.”

“Did you YouTube that video?”

“She’s a blogger.”

I can only wonder what my great grandparents would have thought of those phrases. It’s basically gibberish, right?

Well, as with any other technology that makes an impact on daily life, Web 2.0 has changed a lot about the way we communicate, and I don’t just mean that in the sense that we now learn more about our friends and family via Facebook than through face-to-face conversation.

I mean that, quite literally, the words we use to express ourselves are different today than they were a few years ago. There are a few reasons for that. Perhaps the most significant is that the technology that we use on a day-to-day basis is different than the technology we used a few years ago. I’d venture to say that another reason is that language is a tremendously flexible tool. The English language seems particularly capable of stretching and bending to fit our needs.

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