WORDS ABOUT WORDS
A favourite proclamation of alarmists is that English has been "tainted" by slang, neologisms and poor pronunciation. But people have been decrying language change for hundreds of years, and yet no language has decayed into unintelligibility; language change simply reflects constant and invariably harmless shifts in pronunciation and cultural relevance of words.
Robyn Maler, Canadian journalist, The Fulcrum, December 7, 2005
Posted on January 3, 2006 at 5:09 PM