Words evolve in use, organization and meaning

The Slow as Molasses Press

Words evolve in use, organization and meaning

Much in our own language would be misunderstood by someone from two or three centuries ago and the reverse is also probable.
 
The evolution today is so speedy that we need subtitles to understand diversities of speech in our own languages

Language itself is hardly fixed whether general or specialized

Think about what words really are

While dictionaries assume the meanings of words, they do not stress the underlying nature of words

We use words to say what is literally on our minds





We think in signs - in the realities that float up within us and that we describe or represent in words

We may not have the "right" words but they are the necessary bridge to the formation of thought

So individually and socially we evolve words and language to complete thought

The phrase "take care" became almost universal after the 1960s, indeed I date it to when the Cat Stevens song "Wild World" appeared with its premonitory thoughts.

The endemic use of the metaphoric word "like" dates from the last few decades - it was never common in colloquial speech when I was younger


The two terms noted carry larger meanings than their brevity would suggest 

Words are evolving at a rapid clip and this is yet another reason why the notion of a static book is less and less tenable  

We are merely becoming more aware of a phenomenon which has most probably accelerated over time

 We are aware both of language's evolution and of our capacity to affect and influence it.