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Analysis task. Youtube vlog. Resource. Introducing key terms. The Language of Social Media. Oxford Dictionary names emoji 'word of the year' - here are five better options. I have no words to describe it.

Oxford Dictionary names emoji 'word of the year' - here are five better options

Oxford Dictionaries, as owned by the Oxford University Press (OUP), has announced its “word” of the year is … not a word. It’s an emoji. To be precise, it’s the “tears of joy” emoji. Which makes me very “crying face emoji”, because the tears of joy emoji certainly doesn’t deserve to be emoji – sorry, word – of the year. I don’t even object that much to the OUP trying something different in selecting its word of the year. President of Oxford Dictionaries, Casper Grathwohl, says: “Emoji culture has become so popular that individual characters have developed their own trends and stories.” The problem is there are so many better emoji than the tears of joy emoji. 1. The nail painting emoji does not mean “I am painting my nails”. 2. The aubergine, or eggplant, emoji definitely has nothing to do with vegetables . 3. One of my most frequently used emoji, and judging by the messages I receive and tweets I see, other people’s too. Modern Influences: the English language in the 21st century by Clara Leney on Prezi.

Is Texting Killing the English Language? Texting has long been bemoaned as the downfall of the written word, “penmanship for illiterates,” as one critic called it.

Is Texting Killing the English Language?

To which the proper response is LOL. Texting properly isn’t writing at all — it’s actually more akin to spoken language. And it’s a “spoken” language that is getting richer and more complex by the year. First, some historical perspective. Writing was only invented 5,500 years ago, whereas language probably traces back at least 80,000 years. (MORE: Why Americans Need Spelling Bees and Vocabulary Tests) No one talks like that casually — or should. (MORE: Banning the Term Illegal Immigrant Won’t Change the Stigma) Texting is developing its own kind of grammar.

Of course no one thinks about that consciously. Civilization, then, is fine — people banging away on their smartphones are fluently using a code separate from the one they use in actual writing, and there is no evidence that texting is ruining composition skills. MORE: Why Do We Love to Invent Languages? October 2011 -

Following on from the post about changing punctuation, here's a guest post from Emma Bertouche who is an Online Marketing Executive for a language translations company and writes for several websites and blogs regarding language and social media.

October 2011 -

Advances in technology have always added to and changed the way we use the English language. The rise of social media and the regular social network user is the latest example of the internet driving many new or distorted words and phrases into common language, infiltrating themselves into daily use in written and spoken communication. Many blogs and articles are written every day on how this is perceived to be diluting and misusing the English language – and many other languages for that matter.

One phenomenon that needs closer examination is the growing use of the lowly hashtag - ‘#’ – to emphasise an argument, feeling, or solidarity with a group. When Twitter Words are Spoken Words. Photo (c) Matthew Bowden Since the dawn of the written word, great minds have noted the separation between spoken and written language.

When Twitter Words are Spoken Words

Yet with social media, we have perhaps bridged this gap. The conventions of texting, chatting, and emailing dictate a conversational tone, an off-the-cuff quality that imbues the conversation with personality. Naturally, then, one might wonder if online communication habits are influencing our spoken language. For example, I’ve noticed a recent trend toward using the term ‘OMG‘ in face-to-face conversation. In fact, we may underestimate the degree to which online lingo has infiltrated American spoken language. For one thing, women seem to show more variety when it comes to spoken internet lingo than men. I remain a tad skeptical about the degree to which online writing will impact spoken language. Only time will tell. Ben Trawick-Smith launched his dialect fascination while working in theatre. OMG! Text Messaging is Saving the World! Texting: we all do it.

OMG! Text Messaging is Saving the World!

A lot. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s especially useful when making a phone call isn’t an option (like at work or in class where you technically shouldn’t be using your phone…or when you want to flirt with a guy without being too committal.). It’s convenience is part of the reason it’s become so popular over the last several years. However, not everyone (Read: crotchety old people) thinks it’s so great – many critics claim that texting is contributing to the deterioration of the English language.

Critics worry that the common practice of using abbreviations and shorthand in text messages will cause people begin to speaking in shorthand, too. WTF are they talking about? And some other people agree! See? In fact, research has shown that texting actually improves grades.