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LOL: THE LOWDOWN ON LANGUAGE
If Marty McFly were to visit 2021 he’d be befuddled, f’sure.
Language has changed so much since the dawn of the internet.
“I want to stream Fortnite on Twitch” was not a valid career choice back in 1985. Principal Strickland would have a fit in the face of such gibberish. But today – thanks to the internet – that sentence means something.
And not only do old words have different meanings, there are thousands of new ones to contend with. Abbreviations, acronyms, initialisms, typographical tones of voice, emojis, GIFs, memes… it’s a wonder us modern-day folk can even hold a conversation!
That’s where the evolution of language comes in…