We at languageandgrammar.com don’t throw around the term “great” loosely, but Forbes.com has a great article on the evolution of words. Actually, we’re just having a little bit of fun. It wouldn’t be fair for us to comment on the quality of the article—since we wrote it.
We did think that our regular readers might appreciate being directed to the article, though; it’s called Why Language Changes.
Our article is part of a larger feature on neologisms. You can see the entire feature here.
That is LITERALLY the best article ever!
It is a “GREAT” article. Thank you for directing me to it.
Thanks, Laura. I see that your most recent post is directly related to neogolisms.
That’s a good cartoon.
It’s a really good article. I could relate to it because i am part of the so-called corporate world. But having said that, i think the title of the article was a bit off. The article gives examples of the “language-change-phenomenon” and not the reasons for the change. Otherwise, the article, like all your other articles, was great.
“Many of us want so desperately to sound intelligent that we use the wrong word because we think it gives the right impression.”
This line nails it – and I see this more and more with my young coworkers. For example, the constant use of “utilize” instead of “use.” I can’t tell you how many times I change this while editing.
I’ll add – and this my be in your other articles – it also causes using ten words in the place of two.
Thanks for the common sense.