from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Sometimes we can't even agree on the definitions of words, so it's not too hard to find examples of changes in communication technologies altering how we use words. Text messages on phones have made us lazy to spell words correctly or to spell out entire words or common phrases. Language is inherently flexible, and here are just a few ways some parts of our language have changed.
- Linguists are officially recognizing that "because" is being used in a new way and have dubbed it the "prepositional-because" when it is followed immediately by a noun. However, the prepositional-because isn't limited to being followed by a noun, it can also be followed by verbs, adjectives, interjections and adverbs. [url]
- In case you didn't know, the simple period as a punctuation mark can be used to indicate anger. Yes. It. Can. [url]
- The ubiquitous LOL is becoming nearly meaningless -- no one is really laughing (quietly or audibly). LOL can be used sarcastically to indicate something isn't funny or just whenever a person doesn't know what else to say... so it's the new "like, yeah, um, well, really" word. [url]