Date: Tue, 27 Feb 1996 20:33:50 -0800
From: SETH SKLAREY crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IX.NETCOM.COM
Subject: Re: Changes to the English Language
Reply-To: hel-l[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ebbs.english.vt.edu
For research, I am trying to
locate a list of changes made in the last 10-20 years - I wish to keep
the speech lively. Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated.
In the last 20 years Valley Girl slang has come and gone (gag me out the
door, etc.) and has been replaced by the slang used by the Gap girls on
Saturday Night Live (And I'm all `Give me a break' and he's all...).
The process of conversion is alive and well. Note the tendency of adjectives
to become nouns on the evening traffic report (`Traffic's been slowed by a
disabled on the on-ramp of the BW Parkway,' `Those two disableds have been
cleared from the outer loop,' etc.).
And what about all the computer jargon that has become mainstream: interfacing,
n Tue, 27 Feb 1996, Edwin Duncan wrote:
And what about all the computer jargon that has become mainstream:
That makes me think of the new verb "to access." I knew quite a few
people who were pretty bent out of shape over that one.
bzahn01[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]mail.orion.org
From: simon[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]cvax.ipfw.indiana.edu
Several competing adversiting agencies here in neIN suggest that, if one
has a company "in a high traffic area", one could "get some impact" by
placing a banner in front of the building.
I think "impact" n & v are still changing.
This part of the atrocity sometimes called 'the verbing of America'.
I think there's a book of that name.
ddawson[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]mailbox.syr.edu