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July 14, 2014

Does Our Language Reveal Our Age?

Our use of language, vocabulary and grammar in particular, reveal much about us; our education, our class and our place of origin. But did you ever imagine that it also reveals our...

...age?

Yes, those familiar terms that we like, and find ourselves using on a regular basis are largely generational.

The word 'cool' is one of the few words that seems to retain its appeal across the decades, but what about words like 'awesome' or 'totally' or many others?

Take a look at this article - http://theweek.com/article/index/264467/7-language-habits-that-reveal-your-age?utm_source=links&utm_medium=website&utm_camp and let me know if these examples ring true to your experience.

My personal bias is that none of us should be bound by (or even identified with) slang or usage from a particular era. Our use of language should be understandable to - and appeal to - those of every generation.

On a semi-related note, if you've ever wondered about exactly why babies find language learning so easy, take a look at this TED Talk - http://www.ted.com/talks/patricia_kuhl_the_linguistic_genius_of_babies?utm_medium=on.ted.com-facebook-share&awesm=on.ted.com_a0Iag&utm_campaign=&utm_content=awesm-publisher&utm_source=l.facebook.com.

No matter how old you are, keep learning and keep your language appetite alive for new words and ideas.

My best to you -

Morf

Posted by mmorf at July 14, 2014 12:31 AM

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