Much has been written about how many languages are disappearing. According to the economist, one language is lost every fortnight around the world. Even a language like French is being threatened by the prospect of existing only as words of French origin that have become part of English, such as “entente”, “bon appetit”, or even horribly as “RSVP”. But this post is about changes affecting languages that are not face any imminent threat of extinction.
On May 15, the government of
For instance, the American version has almost decimated the British version for English through the mighty power of “spellcheck” in Microsoft Office Tools. Going forward, this may change in more profound ways as
Such issues are affecting even languages in these countries like India too, for instance the Bengali “issshhhh” has become a standard exclamation in Hindi, courtesy its rampant use in Hindi film and television industry. How language used for SMS is changing our communication behavior has been well covered. SMS is also slowly driving away lesser used words into oblivion. However, the most obscure words are being brought back to business through televised Spelling Bee contests. At the same time, a key factor is the effect of mobile dictionaries such as T9 which make it quite difficult to type in profanities. So will the world become rather gentler and polite as people avoid taking the pains to type in profanities and gradually stop using rude words?