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Text messaging is just the most recent focus of peoples anxiety; what people are really worried about is a new generation gaining control of what they see as their language.
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Text messaging is just the most recent focus of people's anxiety; what people are really worried about is a new generation gaining control of what they see as their language.

— David Crystal

Word books traditionally focus on unusual and quirky items. They tend to ignore the words that provide the skeleton of the language, without which it would fall apart, such as 'and' and 'what,' or words that provide structure to our conversation, such as 'hello.'

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The story of English spelling is the story of thousands of people - some well-known, most totally unknown - who left a permanent linguistic fingerprint on our orthography.

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Ever since the arrival of printing - thought to be the invention of the devil because it would put false opinions into people's minds - people have been arguing that new technology would have disastrous consequences for language.

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At any one time language is a kaleidoscope of styles, genres and dialects.

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As I get older and I get a few more years experience I become more like Dad, you know, King Lear.

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Academics don't normally manage to alter people's way of thinking through their strength of argument.

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Grammar is what gives sense to language ... sentences make words yield up their meaning. Sentences actively create sense in language. And the business of the study of sentences is grammar.

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In effect we are, bending and breaking the rules of the language. And if someone were to ask why we do it, the answer is simply: for fun

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Swearing makes an excellent relief mechanism

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