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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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