The Internet is barely a pre-teen. That is, if you start counting somewhere around 1995, about when it became a global consumer tool. And pre-teen is apt, given the nature of the language changes it has influenced. Words such as “sexting” and “cyberbullying” have made their way into Oxford’s English Dictionary. I’m not really a fan.
I don’t think pop-culture should have such sway on the evolution of our language. Where would it end? The tools and tech of the Web give rise to new fragments of jargon every day but that doesn’t mean they are worthy of becoming official components of our lexicon.
I understand fully the impact of social media on our culture. What I don’t fully grasp is why words with such a shallow history, not associated with true continental shifts in thinking and lacking widespread acceptance are so quick to enter our language’s travelogue.
(By the way, did I just coin TechGen? See how easy that is?)
Friends get on my case sometimes—only sometimes?—for getting a bit bent out of shape about grammar errors in their e-mails, Facebook posts, etc. I’m only trying to help. Granted, I’m not real nice about it all the time but I think there is a shortage of tough love these days. And honest friends. So this Copyblogger post is for them.