Is the English Language Evolving?
Well, of course the English language is evolving, it always has. Over time (lots of time), the English language has evolved from Old English and has been infused with words from other languages. The question is, what is it evolving in to? As a former English teacher, I hear concerns from educators about the lack of correct grammar and spelling in student writing, about the informality of their writing – specifically the use of slang. Is our language developing in to a more informal language? A language of e-mail and Instant messaging short-cuts?
Anyone who knows teenagers will probably recognize what seems like jargon to many adults… the letters that stand for phrases.
LOL – laugh out loud
BBL – Be back later
OMG – Oh my God
So as educators, is the use of slang in writing, in correspondence, in discussion boards, etc. something we should be concerned about or is it something we should accept? Like Lynn Truss, should we fight the battle to stamp out the use of incorrect grammar or should we leave it alone and let it evolve in to something else? WDYT (what do you think)?