20 ‘formal’The words disappearing from our vocabulary – and their replacements

A UniversityA study found that words like “usually”And “upon”They are on the verge of disappearing, “amazing”And “stuff”As we become more informal in our communication with one another, these are increasing.

Lancaster UniversityLinguists have discovered that some words, like the pronoun were more common than others. “whom”verbs “shall”, “must”And “may”They are out of style.

The InternetAnd social media have changed the way we communicate with each other,And the words we use to do it, so it’s no surprise researchers recorded new terms such as “vlog”, “tbh”, “defo” and “tmoz”In the general lexicon.

Formal research reports are authored twice as often as informal expressions, such as “it’s”Instead of “it is”Today’s reports are more current than those published 20 years ago. We’re also less bothered about previously frowned upon linguistic features such as the split infinitive.

Dr Vaclav Brezina led the Lancaster research team. They recently completed a seven year-long research project that included the compilation of a new dataset called the British National Corpus 2014. This covers the period 2007-2020. The new dataset was compared with the BNC1994.

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Researchers can get a glimpse of the evolution of British English by looking at the corpus (or bank of words) over the past several decades.

So what’s going out of fashion, and which words demonstrate how the language has evolved?

The following are some words and phrases that were less frequently used in the last 20-years: Authority, Church, employment.

The following are words and phrases that have been prominent in the language industry over the last twenty years A bit, cos. five stars, focus groups, game, global internet, just like, maybe, me net, OK online, website phone, pretty, really amazing.

This is some pretty amazing stuff.

The British National Corpus 2014 now has 100 million words “real life”Language can be used in all genres, including newspaper lingo or social media slang.

“Over the last twenty years, we have experienced dramatic changes in technology, which completely transformed the way we communicate,” says Dr Brezina.

“Written language has become much more dynamic and shared by many more people than ever before.

“We text or message friends and colleagues and get an immediate response but we might be hard-pressed to remember when we last wrote a letter to someone.

“Many more people also produce content for the general audience via social media and various websites – one doesn’t need to be a journalist or a novelist like in the old days to reach thousands or millions of people.”

If you’re interested in the latest in linguistics, you may be interested to know that just last month Merriam-Webster has added 455 words to its dictionary. Included “dad bod”And “tbh”.


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