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Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes in the English Language

Directions for using a Kodak camera from early twentieth century

This certainly looks simple enough

Listen to this language: Is the smallest, lightest, and simplest Detective Cameras–for the ten operations necessary with most Cameras of this class we only have THREE SIMPLE MOVEMENTS. No FOCUSING. No FINDER

Makes 100 Exposures.

Language sure has change from what it was 125 years ago. The punctuation of this ad gives me the sensation when I used to feel my nails scraping a chalkboard as a kid.

The fonts are so the century before last. No photos here in an advertisement for a camera. Imagine that!

While it might seem that drastic changes have occurred to the English langague with advent of the Internet, it’s not changing as quickly as it used to centuries ago according to an article last July in USA Today. The article reveals the results of a study by  Slovenian educator, Matjaz Perc.

Back in the Middle Ages popular phrases and expressions didn’t stay popular very long, not like today when they new language appears, sticking around for more than just a few decades. We can thank Webster for that. He solidified words, phrases and expressions by recording them in his dictionary–the first of which was published in the early 19th century.

Now that we have the ubiquitous text language taking over our language like a hurricane’s onslaught of wind and rain. No one–not linguists nor grammarians–knows where this new language is taking us.

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