“Languages that don’t change over time are considered dead languages. The
fact that English changes so much, shows that it is alive and well” (thisblogrules.com).
Although the English language has always been changing, due to the rise of high
technology electronic communication like texts, tweets, and e-mails, its changes have
recently accelerated and led to interesting variations in language use. The signiﬁcant
changes that are taking place include the rapidly increased number of newly invented
words which have made their way into common usage, the use of abbreviations and
acronyms as well as single letters and digits in place of words, and on top of this is the
improper grammar and irrelevant punctuation that are being used more carelessly.!
Technology has driven the changes to the English language for years, given that
it introduces new gadgets and fresh concepts in our lives. Recently, the increased use
of social media has made quite an impact on English vocabulary. Some entirely new
words like the verb “to google” have become a universally understood verb meaning to
look something up on a search engine. The noun “app” has been recently invented and
come into popular use to describe programs on smartphones. There are more and more
new words* that have been invented in the past few years such as “bling”, a noun
referring to expensive, ostentatious clothing and jewelry; “unfriend”, a verb meaning to
remove someone from a list of friends or contacts on a social networking site; “upcycle”,
a verb meaning to reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a
product of higher quality or value than the original; “hater”, a noun referring to a person
who greatly dislikes a speciﬁed person or thing. Some words are invented by combining
or blending words together to make a new words. For example, “chillax” is a verb that...