New ways of speaking, new ways of writing, new ways of emailing. Nicole Kobie asks whether our language can withstand the OMGs, LOLcats and smiley faces
The English language is totes changing, because internet. If that sentence makes you grit your teeth, it’s probably best you don’t spend too much time online. Like any community, the internet has developed its own vocabulary and slang - and while much of it is silly, from “LOL” to “OMG”, some of it has slipped into the mainstream. Selfie, anyone?
Is this invasion of new words destroying the English language, or is it no more than a next step in a continual evolution. Here’s what the experts say.