More words dropped and fewer words added to languages in digital age: Study

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Words are being dropped from languages faster and new ones added at a slower rate.

Adding new words or dropping old ones to an existing language  is something people have always done. As new things or ideas are discovered, new words crop up to describe them. But now, in the digital age, that process appears to be slowing despite the increased pace of new things arriving on the scene.

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10 words Americans learned in 2011

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Americans added 10 new words to improve their vocabularies in 2011.

Take heart if you tried to improve your vocabulary in 2011.  It was almost impossible to pay attention to the news this year without learning a new word or phrase, or perhaps learning new definitions for old standbys.  Americans can celebrate the new knowledge they acquired in 2011 with  a list of 10 words that entered the national lexicon or gained new significance over the last year.

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Vocabulary on the Decline Due to Young People Reading Less

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Professor Tom Nicholson urges teachers and parents to offset linguistic “dumbing down” by encouraging children not only to read more, but to use a dictionary and a thesaurus.

Young people are reading less and failing to build vocabulary amid a sea of text messaging and cyber chat, says literacy and child development specialist Professor Tom Nicholson. Professor Nicholson, from the University’s College of Education, says the vocabulary deficit is a worrying trend that threatens learning, confidence, future job prospects, relationships, and event the ability to understand jokes.

 

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OMG! Text Messaging Does Not Harm Kid’s Spelling Abilities

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Using text message language – the OMGs, m8s and 2mros – does not harm children’s spelling abilities, new research suggests, and may even be a good sign.  The study, carried out by Canadian researchers at the University of Alberta, suggested that children who are good at spelling “real” words are also good at spelling in text speak.

 

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Nerdic: The Fast-Growing Language of Geek-Speak

Nerdic: The Fask-Growing Language of Geek-Speak

Wimax, dongle and mashup. They might be unintelligible to technophobes, but they are just some examples of the colourful vocabulary of Europe’s fastest-growing language: Nerdic.

Some call it “geek speak”, others use the term “nerdic”. Indeed, Pixmania, one of Europe’s largest electronic internet retailers, said on Friday that nerdic is Europe’s “fastest growing dialect”. It claims 100s of new words were added to the nerdic vocabulary in the past 12 months—more than three times the number the Oxford English Dictionary added to the English language. Researchers reckon it might be the next Esperanto.

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