New inventions and concepts necessitate new vocabulary. It would be very awkward if you had to explain that you had lost your portable, multipurpose, computing device with touchscreen! Hence the arrival of the word smartphone.
Just 14 years ago, nobody would have had the slightest clue what you were talking about if you mentioned the Twittersphere. Until 2006, tweets were merely sounds made by garden birds. You can see that It isn’t only our vocabulary which evolves. The meanings of words are also transformed over time.
A word to the wise
All languages are continually evolving. Rules don’t dictate the way we use language, the way we use language dictates the rules.
There are many aspects of the English language which are complicated or confusing. Over the coming weeks, we will be exploring English grammar, idioms and dialects to discover the issues which even native speakers can struggle with. From punctuation errors to poor sentence construction, we will reveal how important messages and brand perception can be lost in translation. Visit our blog to discover the most common grammatical errors, the origins of English idioms, words which are often confused and the difference between an acronym and an initialism.