Wednesday, 19 November 2008

The English Language has Suddenly Shortened

I was recently informed (you can call it breaking news) that an expression from TV's The Simpsons will be included in the new Collins English Dictionary: "meh" which means " a lack of enthusiasm, of being unimpressed, mediocre or boring." In addition to new words being added, there is an ongoing debate about technological expressions which tend to take unhyphenated forms as they become more familiar, such as website, homepage, printout and email previously seen as web site, home page, print out and electronic mail. According to, the transition from World Wide Web site to Web site to website as a single uncapitalized word mirrors the development of an increasing preference for "closed forms."

It seems that now more than ever, people tend to be in a hurry , running late or just can’t find enough time in the day to get everything done. I’d like to believe the acceptance of shorter, closed form phrases and words may actually buy us time. Is there anyone out there measuring how much time are we are saving by removing a hyphen and a space and abbreviating words? While we wait for a response, let’s raise our glasses in a toast “to honor all the new short words.” But first, would you like Zin or Cab?

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