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For last year's words belong to last year's language,
And next year's words await another voice.
TS Eliot
Old Year and New Year by Christina Rossetti

New Year met me somewhat sad:
Old Year left me tired,
Stripped of favourite things I had
Baulked of much desired:
Yet further on my road to-day
God willing, further on my way.
Happy New Year

New words, old words

It feels sometimes feels like we are the snarkiest, slangiest, least-formal generation in human history, especially with the shorthand that has developed with SMS messaging and so on. We have coined the word chugger, invented ROFL and its many permutations and tend to think language is gradually deteriorating.

But many words that we think of being recent have been around for centuries.



  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,301 mod
    Words fall in and out of use, and change their meanings over time. I think it's good that a language changes and grows.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,412 ✭✭✭✭
    I love some of the words and phrases I hear in India. They use a lot of very charming phrases in English which we don't hear much any more.
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