I have to admit snippets of conversations spark my imagination. For example this same conversation in Shakespeare’s time may have gone like this:
“Prithee, cast thine eye upon mine raiment!” “Most fine, good sir!” “Yea, I find they are most pleasing.”
Or in the 1960s:
“Hey man, check the threads.” “Groovy!” “Yeah, far out man.”
Language, grammar, slang changes with great regularity and marks most of us with our decade of youth, because really nothing is more lame/random/gross, than someone trying to sound cool/hip/with it. I find it interesting that dictionaries are constantly updated with new words and phrases and they often will drop words too — say goodbye to “brabble” and “deliciate.” The Complete Oxford Dictionary has 20 volumes with the origin of each word traced to its first known use and tracing the changes in usage. Most of us require a less extensive dictionary, but the newest editions will carry new words such as selfie and twerking.
Grammar also has a cause of great debate; take for example the use of commas and apostrophes. Are they obsolete or essential to understanding the content? There are hot arguments on both sides on the internet — see the nay side with the rabid anti-apostrophers like Kill the Apostophe (who see it as redundant and want it banned completely) and the yea side with the Apostrophe Protection Society and the Association for the Annihilation of the Aberrant Apostrophe (dedicated to the fight against misplaced, overused apostrophe’s)(<– like that one). The pervasiveness of texting and social media is important to spelling, in that, at times, the text is limited (Twitter) or the touch screen is tiny (smartphones) and the impulse is to shorten, condense or insert acronyms instead of words. lol.
The fluidity of language allows for great expression of thoughts, ideas and emotions applicable to all. Sometimes people try to create a new language (usually with extremely limited success), but languages seem to develop all on their own in an adaptation to situations at work or play. Each sport has its own language that fans and players use to describe the action. Hat trick? Touchdown? Slam dunk? Languages absorb, adapt and reject words from all sorts of areas, imagine learning English in all its messy conglomerations of words and grammar and colloquialisms — don’t have a cow, man! It all changes, so feel free to express yourself, you may set a new trend and change the language again.
– Kathleen M.