The English language as we know it will soon no longer exist. Words will have no meaning, in fact, there will be no words, just telecommunications, via some thin, oblong object you carry in your hand.
Stuff that Gene Roddenberry made up for “Star Trek” is already here.
And it all ads to the loss of language.
So what got me on to this? The word “fun” maybe.
Something is fun, or more fun, or the most fun. It’s NEVER “funner.”
Words are now invented as we go along, words which really have no meanng.
Take the word “google.”
In the old days, it was a word in a song describing Barney Google’s eyes. Now, of course, “google” has replaced the words dictionary and encyclopedia in the English language. You no longer seek information in an encyclopedia, you “google” for info. You don’t look up a word’s meaning or proper usage in a dictionary, you “google” it.
So last week I’m watching comcast and a reporter is conducting an interview with a college basketball player. You do your interview correctly, you look up info on the person you’re interviewing, find something interesting to make it more than “how you guys gonna do this year.”
So the reporter went to the only source of info available to him. Not the school’s media guide, or even speaking with the sports information office which puts together the media guides. No, he went to “Google.” Wonder why he didn’t use “Bing?”
So he said to the kid, “Did you ever google yourself?”
The correct answer would have been, yeah, don’t you? (I don’t really have to explain my meaning, do I?)
Then he said, “I googled you.” At which point the kid should have reached for a body part and backed away.
OK, I “google” things, too. even when I’m Thinking. And I guess I “bing” things sometimes, just to be different.
But I never say that I “googled” something, and never, ever that I “googled” some person.
Here, google this. Ain’t that funner than anything?
Next time, pay homage to a great man and say “I barneyed you,” just to see what the reaction might be.