Dennis R. Preston
preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Tue Jan 11 14:04:02 UTC 2000
I'm a lot more suspicious of Kissenger than geeks, but I think that's
political; not linguistic.
More to the point: I cannot discover ignorance (or sloth) in linguistic
structure (at any level). I find some very ignorant (and slothful) USERS of
language, but not any ignorant or slothful languages, language parts, or
language processes (including word-formation).
I argue that we should not transfer our nonlinguistic prejudices to
relatively abstract linguistic areas.
>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"?).
> >Jerry Miller
> >> -----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?
> >> dInIs
> >> >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
> >> play
> >> >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
> Office: (517)353-0740
> Fax: (517)432-2736
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