MILLERJ at FRANKLINCOLL.EDU
Tue Jan 11 06:06:26 UTC 2000
Dennis: I'm a "scairdy-cat," I suppose, because language -- and the use
thereof - does tend to reflect the intelligence and values of the society
that uses it. I am not afraid of changes in language, so long as they
maintain some semblance of intelligence, reason, and/or effectiveness,
rather than ignorance and sloth (at least one of which is a deadly sin,
isn't it?). If Henry Kissinger or Hunter S. Thompson reshapes the language,
I'm probably ready for it; when computer geeks and indolents do it, I am
naturally suspicious (an old journalist, you know?). The old saying,
"Consider the source," should be applied here, too, it seems to me.
P.S. To Natalie, I simply used "worm" as a play on (computer) words.
Words from internet worming their way into the language scary?
be scary if they didn't?
Why are you such a scairdy-cat?
>Dennis: I guess what is scary is that, before long Internet
>is where I first came into contact with "my bad," being a long way
>either playground basketball sites or the East Coast) will "worm"
>into the language as real words -- e.g., "lol," "imho" (pronounced
>presumably), or even "woty" (pronounced "woe-tee"?).
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Dennis R. Preston [SMTP:preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU]
>> Sent: Monday, January 10, 2000 3:30 PM
>> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
>> Subject: Re: belated WOTY
>> "My bad" is way too old (and not exclusively so important this
year) to be
>> WOTY this year (at least among us old-jocks).
>> But why is such usage "scary"? What's gonna happen?
>> >I'm sure I am very late in chiming in on the Word of the Year
(and I am
>> >probably repeating what someone else suggested but I missed),
but, in a
>> >mental flash of lightning, it dawned on me what the WOTY had to
>> >would be "bad" used as a noun, as in (cybertalk) "my bad."
>> >This all came to me when I heard a sports announcer for one of
>> >games on TV use it to explain why a player tapped his own chest
>> >was botched. It gets very scary when Internet shorthand edges
>> >standard usage.
>> >Jerry Miller
>> >Pulliam School of Journalism
>> >Franklin College
>> >millerj at franklincoll.edu
>> Dennis R. Preston
>> Department of Linguistics and Languages
>> Michigan State University
>> East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
>> preston at pilot.msu.edu
>> Office: (517)353-0740
>> Fax: (517)432-2736
Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
preston at pilot.msu.edu
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