re: 10 Epic CES Fails
Thanks for getting back to me. I agree that language needs to evolve. That's why all languages have gotten "bigger" over time. However, there's a difference between introducing new words to reflect new realities and perverting existing words to follow the latest slang. Let's remember that slang is the last refuge of the inarticulate! The purpose of language is to communicate. If I introduce a new word that makes my meaning clearer, I have contributed to the evolution of the language. I understand that acronyms like LOL have become acceptable because modern devices like smartphones make it impossible to type, so we abbreviate where we can. Fair enough.
What I don't understand is why journalists feel the need to stoop to the lowest common denominator when it comes to language and yet decry the decline in public education standards. Proper writing, even in such a prosaic field as IT, can elevate the level of discourse and bring a certain "je ne sais quoi" to the proceedings, which is why I sent a note in the first place. Eric Lundquist is an insightful commentator and that it is why I had to vent my spleen about the ongoing mangling of the English language. By the way, English is not my first language, so perhaps I'm over-sensitive about the corruption of something I worked pretty hard to learn.