By Jean Godden

If Shakespeare were being around now, he’d have a heck of a time knowledge us. While we still do discuss English, the language he used producing the world’s most well known plays, we’ve been mighty occupied because then adding new phrases and utilizing previous kinds in novel ways.

English is a residing language, normally modifying, much more dynamic and expressive. As playwright Will understood, language is not intended to be static. He himself additional 1700 words to the then youthful language (Elizabethan English), phrases like bandit, critic, swagger, scuffle, grovel, madcap and zany.

Like all languages, English evolves from 3 principal influences: (1) movement of folks from other destinations, (2) the influence of technology, and (3) appropriation of handy international text like tsunami, avatar, schadenfreude and kitschy.

Most a short while ago, English has been affected closely by creation and technological innovation. The online and electronic communication birthed hundreds of text, phrases and TLAs (three-letter acronyms). Just a little sampling of tech lingo:


Astroturfing: setting up phony “grassroots” teams to disguise real self-curiosity.

Amirite: short for “Am I correct?”

Bandwidth: work potential.

Bogosity: level to which a thing is phony.

Biobreak: pause to take a look at a bathroom.

Codespeak: jargon that’s intentionally puzzling or indirec

Deepfake: an graphic that has been altered.

Dogfooding: consuming one’s possess product.

Droptoiphobia: panic of dropping your cellphone down the toilet

Nomophobia: dread of getting without having one’s mobile system.

Screenager: particular person in teenagers or 20s with angle for the net.

Selfiephobia: fear of getting one’s individual picture.

Shelfware: technological innovation so worthless that it’s nonetheless on the shelf.

Gradual walk: delay on goal.

Techlash: response to state-of-the-art technology.

Zoom: a way to communicate by internet used as stem word for zoomfest and zoombombing (interfering with a zoom session.)

There also are practically hundreds of generally utilised acronyms like LOL (chortle out loud), EOM (close of concept), IMO (in my view), EOBD (conclusion of business working day), WFH (operating from home)  and B2K (again to the keyboard).

On top of all that tech jargon we have extra to the language,  the environment-vast pandemic is now giving us new word usages and numerous dozens of acronyms like PPE (personalized protective tools) and PPP (paycheck security application). So considerably though we’ve only obtained a person actually new word: covid-19.

On the other hand, there are dozens of repurposed text and phrases that we would have puzzled over just one limited 12 months ago. Among the them are: Asymptomatic, contact tracing, denialism, social distancing, affected individual zero and the new Exposure App, the smartphone technological innovation that notifies users about covid-19 exposures

Shakespeare may not have associated to our new employs of the English language, but he surely would have recognized about the impression of devastating diseases. Through his life time, England expert recurring epidemics of bubonic plague. The outbreaks prompted authorities to close theaters for months at a time.

As equally an actor and theater proprietor, Shakespeare endured hefty financial losses. However it is extremely possible that, for the duration of his self quarantine, he wrote these kinds of masterpieces as King Lear and MacBeth. He place words into King Lear’s mouth, railing from “plagues that hold in this pendulous air.” Shakespeare, as well, uncovered the correct words and phrases to explain deathly disorders.