He believes that the usage of web2.0 platforms will affect spelling and due to the speed required in response, young people will repetitively use the same vocabulary from a restrictive pool.
Considering the fact that the number of words in the English language is growing exponentially, as a direct result of the lexis coming in from all of these new technologies, coupled with the effect of globablization (other cultures learning English and bringing along with them a variety of new words of their own), I think that's nonsense.
So this is what I responded:
- Language is dynamic. Words that remain necessary, stay.
- Those we no longer need, go. It's simply the nature of the game.
- We don't need to hold on, we need to move with the river - the river has its own force. Fight the river: drown.
What do you think?
Do we really still need words like eleemonosynary?*
Useful books related to this posting:
The Adventure of English. The Biography of a Language (Sceptre) Absolute genius
Mother Tongue: The English Language
A History of English: A Sociolinguistic Approach (Blackwell Textbooks in Linguistics)
p.s. Thanks Neal for the crazy word via twitter - and no I am not going to give you the meaning as it all too perfectly supports my point!