IMPERCEPTIBLE, INVISIBLE ALMOST, but it was there at the London Book Fair this year—publishers quietly clapping each other on the back and breathing a collective sigh of relief: Phew, thank goodness that ebook thing is over. Now let’s get back to real publishing. I’m being a little facetious, of course. But this year’s trade show […]
One of the most interesting things about growing up with the Internet has been tracking how the Internet grows up in its own way, and seeing the influence of that growth on its language. As a frequent user (read: Internet addict) since adolescence, the revolving door of frequently used acronyms has been pretty consistent in the places I frequent online (although it all depends on which communities you visit and who you talk to). Given how big a role the internet plays in our lives – whether through work, at home, or for other reasons – the change in language reflects more than just style; it also indicates on a smaller level how language changes to suit user demand.