Evolution of the English Language from Text to Texting


Or, Why the Oxford English Dictionary is My Favorite Book, and Why I Love the Chicago Manual of Style The Oxford English Dictionary holds the key to every word in the English language, starting with the language from which it was borrowed/stolen, following its history to current times, and giving examples of usage from the beginning. New words are introduced into common usage every year, and some make it into an official dictionary. Some words are practical (i.e., Internet), while others are superfluous (i.e., ironical) and many are just plain wrong {i.e., orientated). The “correct” use of words and language seems to be more and more fluid these days. Will commonly used acronyms, seen mainly in texting and instant messaging, become part of the standard usage? How fluid SHOULD the English language be? What types of grammatical and punctuation changes are acceptable, and what types are not? Where do we draw the line? This talk will present these questions and others, and begin to formulate possible answers to benefit the potential audience of writers.