Words ~ Old and New

Calling all dastardly rapscallions who speak Suessian then suffer a face-palm moment when they’re photobombed,

Confused? It’s quite simple actually, as Joan Hall takes a laugh out loud (or should I say LOL) look at word usage old and new. This post is a gem! Hop over to Story Empire to check it out. Abscond with thee! πŸ™‚

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Hi, SE readers. Joan here. I thought we’d do something fun today and talk about words.

Over the years, our use of language has evolved. Thank goodness we no longer use seventeenth century English with words like thee, thou,Β  or shouldst. These days we’re much more casual in our conversations. For instance, how often do you order a vegetable burger? You order a veggie burger.

The last few years these words have sprung up: SCOTUS, POTUS, and FLOTUS. These are actually acronyms for Supreme Court of the United States, President of the United States, and First Lady of the United States.

I never used the entire term, but I still stay Supreme Court, President, and First Lady. Evidently, some people are too casual (or perhaps too lazy) to use these terms. It takes just as much effort to use the acronyms as it does to say the word.

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16 thoughts on “Words ~ Old and New

  1. I already commented on that post at SE. English is an amazing language. I have in mind those words that are their own opposite. To weather can mean “to endure” or “to erode,” while screen means both “to conceal” and “to show.’” So….?

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