It all started with, “dude!” Slang has been around for as long as anyone could remember.
This type of language consists of words and phrases that are regarded as very informal, are more common in speech than writing, and are typically restricted to a particular context or group of people. Internet has influenced people to spend more time on the web, and less time listening to the radio and watching TV.
“Smartphones have blurred the line between phone and internet. At this point, the internet is likely the most prevalent influence on our day-to-day dialogue,” said Lindsay Kolowich, the author of “The Evolution of Language: How Internet Slang Changes the Way We Speak.”
Although the internet is not the only one to blame of how it has changed the way people speak and influences people to use it more often.
"Language itself changes slowly, but the internet has sped up the process of those changes so you notice them more quickly," said David Crystal, honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Bangor.
The evolution of slang dates started from the 1950s all the way until now, 2016. A couple words from the early years are “ garbage,” nonsense or “boo boo,” to describe a mistake or injury. In the 1960s “crib or pad” meant where you live, “bread” was also known as money. In the 1970s, “bogus,” unfair and “zip,” meant simply nothing.
Nowadays, there are all sorts of new slang words. These types of words have helped people communicate in a faster and easier way, but can also have negative effects on how someone uses it, or when they use it. “The only thing I hear now a day is “bae” and I have used it, although it’s annoying,” said Beatriz, who was born on 1970.Slang has evolved in all sorts of ways over the last years, and at the speed it’s evolving, there will be more and newer slang.
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