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The 7 Reactions to Language Change

How does language change affect you? Grammar Girl presents 7 reactions that you may have had to the AP's recent changes.

By
Mignon Fogarty

After years of watching people react to language change (such as the Associated Press' recent approval of over to mean "more than"), I've noticed some common reactions:

1. The general freak-out.

 

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2. The "protect the children" freak-out. 

 

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3. The smug academic. "I can't believe nobody else knew." 

 

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4. The smug smartypants. "Oh, yeah. I knew."

 

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5. Resigned acceptance.

 

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6. Nobody cares. Get a life.

 

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7. Whee! I have something new to blog about!

 

 

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About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show.

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