LMAO the English Language is my BFF
Is the English language open to additions and alterations? Or, is the language fine the way it is? Where can we draw the line between acceptable changes and alterations that are not be beneficial to the language?
If you pick up a new edition of the Oxford American Dictionary, and actually open it (or use it), you might be surprised by some recent changes and additions. Here are few of the recent changes:
BFF n. (pl. BFFs) informal a girl’s best friend: my BFF’s boyfriend is cheating on her.
– ORIGIN 1996: from the initial letters of best friend forever.
bromance n. informal a close but nonsexual relationship between two men.
– ORIGIN early 21st cent.: blend of brother and romance.
defriend v. another term for unfriend.
green-collar adj. denoting or relating to employment concerned with products and services designed to improve the quality of the environment: green-collar jobs.
– ORIGIN on the pattern of white-collar and blue-collar.
LMAO abbr. vulgar slang laughing my ass off.
Now that these terms and abbreviations are officially accepted as part of the English language, should we expect to see a new era of teenagers justifying their use of these terms in everyday conversation. Additionally, should teachers be worried about receiving essays and assignments filled with compounded words like ‘bromance’.
When sending a text message, email, or other forms of electronic communications where writing space is limited, it is understandable that one would use abbreviations, and/or other terms invented to shorten electronic communication messages. In my opinion, I do not see any harm resulting from these changes. Though it is true in many countries that the overall writing skills of younger populations is decreasing (not in all circumstances). The cause of this issue is not only that younger generations are using ‘internet verbiage’ ‘too often’, it could also be attributed to a failure of the educational systems in those particular countries. It could be that students are not being graded critically on their writing skills. How many times have you heard teachers saying “I will not be grading your grammar. This is not an English class, so just make sure to do your best.” I would prefer it if all teachers, across all disciplines (except maybe math and science), took the time to properly grade grammar, sentence structure, and spelling.
Do you have an opinion on Oxford Dictionaries addition of these terms? (more additions are available here) If so, please post a comment below.