The Shifting Meanings Of Our Evolving Modern Language

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Speaking is one of the first things we learn in life. As a child, we start acquiring the words automatically and as we grow up and go to school, we develop our speaking ability by expanding our knowledge of the language and we learn writing as well. Both Speaking and writing are essential to communicate with others, and, in any language, there are different registers used by its speakers. These registers vary based on our age, proficiency of the language and the environment. The way we speak and write is also affected by the situation, the people in the situation, and our relation with them. Speaking on a wider range, the time frame and the development also impact the way we speak today, which is different than the way people spoke in the past. …show more content…
The language and the rules are in continuous alteration from day to day and from year to year. In other words, we have a different way from the previous generations, but so will the coming generations have a different way from us. John McWhorter in his interview on the podcast "The Shifting Meanings of Our Evolving Modern Language," comments on this and explains that a word is not something that is, but rather a process. An inevitable process of morphing. He says: "language is something that always change. It is not that it will change in a way that it will have new words for new things, and new words coming from other language only. But, even the boring vanilla part of the language is always morphing." Some old words have a different meaning now. In addition, new words came to use and became part of our everyday 's words like (tweeting, googling, selfie and many others) and there will always be new words coming up. In my native language, Arabic, there is the informal language that is spoken and the formal language that is used in writing and in formal speeches. The slang language and the formal language are quite different, almost two distinct languages and no one use the formal version to speak. When you read a poem that is one hundred years old, you find a hard time understanding the language and you see clearly how it is different than the modern language. Same is for the slang language which I feel is morphing even more rapidly. For example, every while my siblings and I use words that are new and prevailing in our generation. At the beginning these words make no sense for my parents, but, after a while, they become familiar with them and even, sometimes, they start using them with us. This is an example of how the language change and new norms

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