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Linguists are like, ‘Get used to it!’ In recent months, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has used it; musician Buddy Guy has used it; Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson used it in grand jury testimony, as did his victim Michael Brown’s friend Dorian Johnson.

Linguists are like, ‘Get used to it!’

A friend used it in an instant message chat to me, describing her attitude toward her sick boyfriend: “i’m like STAY OVER THERE.” It’s called the “quotative like,” and over the last 25 years, it’s become one of our language’s most popular methods of talking about talking. The use of “I’m like” or “he was like” to introduce a quote, a thought, or a feeling has spread through English worldwide, from Jamaica to New Zealand. How language changes over time. Now playing In this fun, short talk from TEDYouth, lexicographer Erin McKean encourages — nay, cheerleads — her audience to create new words when the existing ones won’t quite do.

How language changes over time

The Lingua File: How French Gave English Its Sophisticated Words. If you're familiar with the history of the British Isles, you'll be aware that before taking the English language on tour and invading 90% of the world (with varying degrees of success), the British were the whipping boys of Europe and every empire across Europe had a go of taking over Great Britain.

The Lingua File: How French Gave English Its Sophisticated Words

This helps explain why the English language is widespread and has a diverse lexicon with roots in many different languages. What I find most interesting is the relationship between the origin of a word in English and its register. That_s_so_bae_not_just_a_noun_anymore_here_s_how_bae_gets_used_as_a_verb. Image by Gretchen McCulloch Over the past couple of years, the term bae has achieved widespread usage.


While the noun form has been around for more than 10 years, adjectival and verbal uses, along with other related forms, have more recently started popping up to describe the people and things we love, or at least like-like. Twitter, in particular, is rife with interesting new uses of the term. The popular social media platform has been used to mine language change for years and has inspired some recent linguistic scholarly research. defines the noun bae as: "Slang. an affectionate term used to address or refer to one’s girlfriend, boyfriend, etc. " Earlier this week, the Wayne State University in Michigan released its annual list of old words they believed should be used more often.

A new online thesaurus from the University of Glasgow purports to feature every English word from the last millennium - and is a rich source for our own list of ten words that it’s time to start using again. Mugwump A person who remains aloof or independent, especially from party politics (1884).E.g. A Point of View: Why do some people dislike hearing foreign languages in the street? 16 January 2015Last updated at 12:06 ET Unfamiliar words can make people feel uneasy, but embracing new languages is good for us, writes AL Kennedy.

A Point of View: Why do some people dislike hearing foreign languages in the street?

My grandmother was wonderful but unusual. She had preferences. She hated countryside - she'd rather sit at a rural bus stop in hopes of a passing crowd than look at a mountain. She could take offence in an instant, but like many delicate people, could be just plain rude without noticing. Words With Changed Meaning. Flickr/Brett "Prestigious" comes from the Latin word "prestigiae," meaning "juggler's tricks.

Words With Changed Meaning

" Word meanings can shift radically, just like pronunciation. Called semantic change, a shift in a word's meaning occurs when frequent misuse becomes standard, or when metaphoric use becomes literal. Interestingly enough, people now often say "literally" when they mean "figuratively," though it's still only valid for informal use. Sometimes, the original definition of words is all but forgotten. We've pulled some of the best examples. 1. prestigious.

Where do our words come from? 9 Old-Fashioned Tech Terms You Still Use Today. You probably don't remember the last time you actually "dialed" a phone number, but you might remember the last time you said you did. Old terminology dies hard. Though technology changes swiftly from day to day, there are still old-fashioned terms we cling to, using them frequently even though they no longer have a relevant meaning.

The English expressions coined in WW1. 22 February 2014Last updated at 01:37 GMT World War One gave rise to expressions and slang such as blighty and cushy, but only some are still used, says Kate Wild, senior assistant editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. The English Language A2 Blog: Language Change. OF COURSE LANGUAGE CHANGES.

The English Language A2 Blog: Language Change

BUT WHY? Well, no one knows for sure. But what we do know is that changes rarely happen overnight. People do not wake up one morning and decide to use the word ‘beef’ instead of ‘ox meat’ (but they might wake up and coin a new word!). Generally, language changes are gradual, particularly changes in the phonological (sound) and syntactic (grammar) systems. Of course, certain changes may occur instantaneously for any one speaker. You Heard ’Em Here First: A Forecast of New Words in 2015.

As 2015 tiptoes in, can we guess which new words we will be casually tossing around this time next year?

You Heard ’Em Here First: A Forecast of New Words in 2015

“You can never predict the future with language,” the British linguist David Crystal has said. He’s probably right, but let’s try anyway. For starters, we can look at a few quixotic attempts to popularize new words and see where they might have gone awry. One coinage is intended to solve the age-old confusion about whether “next weekend” refers to this coming weekend or the following one. 11 Words Which Are Older Than You Think. Shakespeare wasn’t above them, why should you be?

11 Words Which Are Older Than You Think

Here’s some dialogue from Titus Andronicus: English rude word enters German language. 2 July 2013Last updated at 07:00 ET Mrs Merkel used the term at a public meeting Germany's standard dictionary has included a vulgar English term, used by Chancellor Angela Merkel among others, as an acceptable German word. Duden, the equivalent of the Oxford English Dictionary in the UK, said it was reflecting the common use of the word "shitstorm" among Germans.

The word, which is used in German to denote a public outcry, seems to have caught on during the eurozone crisis. German language experts voted it "Anglicism of the year" in 2012. Franglais row: Is the English language conquering France? The French parliament is debating a new road map for French universities, which includes the proposal of allowing courses to be taught in English. For some, this amounts to a betrayal of the national language and, more specifically, of a particular way at looking at the world - for others it's just accepting the inevitable. It all started with a faux-pas - to use a French phrase commonly borrowed by English-speakers. On 20 March, when French higher education minister Genevieve Fioraso unveiled the proposed road map, she mentioned that there were only 3,000 Indian students in France. In order to attract more foreign students, she added, French universities would have to start offering courses taught in English.

Linguists identify words that have changed little in 15,000 years. Neanderthal, cro-magnon, modern man may have shared words which remain to this day. A profusion of words. Please note: several of the following links to dictionary content require subscriber access to the OED Online. The early modern period was an era of great change for the English language. According to the OED’s record, the number of words ‘available’ to speakers of English more than doubled between 1500 and 1650. Besides the pope, who speaks Latin today? Braggadocious? Never. Just excited about the Oxford Dictionaries February 2013 update! Interview: Christine Ammer, Author Of 'The American Heritage Dictionary Of Idioms'

Manx: Bringing a language back from the dead. First Known Use Of OMG In Letter To Winston Churchill (PHOTO) Catfish: How Manti Te’o’s imaginary romance got its name - Ideas. Amazeballs to Zing: new words added to Collins online dictionary. British children 'turn to American English' 29 May 2012Last updated at 09:24 ET. Wayne Rooney's baby Klay and the trend for K-names. 21 May 2013Last updated at 23:37 ET By Vanessa Barford BBC News Magazine Klay, Wayne, Kai and Coleen Rooney. Britishisms and the Britishisation of American English. 26 September 2012Last updated at 19:50 ET By Cordelia Hebblethwaite BBC News, Washington DC. Are 'geek' and 'nerd' now positive terms? 15 November 2012Last updated at 20:07 ET By Kathryn Westcott BBC News Magazine.

The trench talk that is now entrenched in the English language. Trench Talk: Words of the First World War: Peter Doyle, Julian Walker. New York, a graveyard for languages. 10 Words That Started Out as Errors. Why do pigs oink in English, boo boo in Japanese, and nöff-nöff in Swedish? Why do we have silent letters in the English language? - Features - Books. Grant Barrett: Top buzzwords and phrases of 2014.