End of the English language as we know it

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  • Ashleyfiddes 28 Aug 2013 08:16:26 980 posts
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    Today we finally lay the English language to rest. The Oxford English dictionary has added the following words to its pages;

    Twerking
    Selfie
    Click n' Collect

    God help us all!
  • THFourteen 28 Aug 2013 08:18:09 34,456 posts
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    for shame innit
  • Mola_Ram 28 Aug 2013 08:18:27 8,249 posts
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    The English language getting new words is a bad thing now?
  • RyanDS 28 Aug 2013 08:20:32 9,827 posts
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    What the hell is twerking?
  • Ashleyfiddes 28 Aug 2013 08:24:01 980 posts
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    Mola_Ram wrote:
    The English language getting new words is a bad thing now?
    Not at all. However, words should only be included if they are going to enhance the English language. Not to validate the stupidity of youth.
  • grey_matters 28 Aug 2013 08:24:22 3,863 posts
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    RyanDS wrote:
    What the hell is twerking?
    I think it has something to do with Miley Cyrus.
  • FWB 28 Aug 2013 08:26:38 45,578 posts
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    They also added a second definition to "literally" the other week, since so many people seemed incapable of using it properly.

    But that's English for you. It changes and that's what makes it great. So many forms, so much vibrancy. The OED (and English grammar books) describe, they don't prescribe. We aren't like the French or Germans, dictating what can and can't be used. It's a democratic language, and better for it.
  • FWB 28 Aug 2013 08:28:33 45,578 posts
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    Ashleyfiddes wrote:
    Mola_Ram wrote:
    The English language getting new words is a bad thing now?
    Not at all. However, words should only be included if they are going to enhance the English language. Not to validate the stupidity of youth.
    If people are using it, it is part of the language. Having taught EFL for nine years, i can tell you my students want to know real English, that which is actually used, not some elitist, limited language that hinders their ability to understand and navigate everyday life. Plenty of language I don't use or particular like, but who am I to decide what is communication?

    In other words, the public has spoken. Get used to it.

    Edited by FWB at 08:34:03 28-08-2013
  • Folant 28 Aug 2013 08:34:19 1,585 posts
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    If anything, this is the opposite if laying the language to rest. :-P

    This is what English does.

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  • Waffleaber 28 Aug 2013 08:37:01 457 posts
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    The only one of those I have an issue with is click n' collect as the "N" in the middle is a contraction it seems like it should be click'n'collect.
  • rockavitch 28 Aug 2013 08:41:23 378 posts
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    RyanDS wrote:
    What the hell is twerking?
    This couldn't have come at a better time then, you can buy a dictionary and check.

    Edited by rockavitch at 08:41:45 28-08-2013

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  • Ashleyfiddes 28 Aug 2013 08:42:20 980 posts
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    @Waffleaber that would be me being an idiot. It is actually click and collect (was listening on the radio when it was announced, hence the mistake.) I have just checked it though and it is click and collect.

    Other words included are;

    grats
    phablet
    srsly
    TL;DR
    vom
    squee

    Edited by Ashleyfiddes at 08:43:15 28-08-2013
  • Mola_Ram 28 Aug 2013 08:43:58 8,249 posts
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    Ashleyfiddes wrote:
    Mola_Ram wrote:
    The English language getting new words is a bad thing now?
    Not at all. However, words should only be included if they are going to enhance the English language. Not to validate the stupidity of youth.
    If these words are in common use, then they become part of the English language, regardless of how "valid" you think they are. Their inclusion in the dictionary merely reflects this.

    And besides, this had been happening for a long time now. I just googled it.
  • sega 28 Aug 2013 08:54:49 908 posts
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    I actually don't understand how "click and collect" is a word. If you don't know what it means you can go to "click" and find that out. Don't know what "collect" means? Well, that's in there too. What's this "and" in the middle? I'll look that up too.

    It isn't a word, it's just three words put together. Are they going to start adding sentences?
  • twelveways 28 Aug 2013 08:56:52 4,188 posts
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    no fhuta?
  • Deleted user 28 August 2013 09:12:56
    TL;DR?

    I had to google that. Is that not just an acronym out of four words that are in there already? I feel old and out of touch with everything.

    But also, not sure adding them is a bad thing as surely the English language is a constantly evolving thing, words taking on new meanings, words being dropped from common useage, new words being added. Surely that happens with every generation..
  • sport 28 Aug 2013 09:14:01 12,808 posts
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    Has it literally ended?
  • sport 28 Aug 2013 09:18:11 12,808 posts
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    I'd love to see mowgli twerking.
  • boo 28 Aug 2013 09:20:01 11,928 posts
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    And what's the betting that in a year or two, most of these words are quietly retired from the OED, without the need for a press statement?

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  • Tonka 28 Aug 2013 09:21:44 21,333 posts
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    WTFLOL!
    All UR base R me! LOL!

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  • Alastair 28 Aug 2013 09:22:16 16,403 posts
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    Do they also remove expressions that were added that have since fallen out of favour?
    I'm sure def was added back in the 80s - do people still say def?
  • beastmaster 28 Aug 2013 09:25:34 11,962 posts
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    If it never changed I'd still be going to Ye Olde English Chippy!

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  • Petulant_Radish 28 Aug 2013 09:28:28 653 posts
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    Language is merely tool for expressing ourselves, why limit what you can do with a tool? The Swiss Army seem to like doing lots of things with theirs, so if it's good enough for them it's good enough for whatever it was I was talking about.
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