English, I was taught in college, is a living, breathing, language.
I love when people make up new words and they move into common usage. You can't enjoy writing, and not enjoy a new word that conveys something so well, you wonder why the word took so long to be invented. Of course, by the time some words make the Oxford English Dictionary, they've been in common usage for a long time.
Do you have some new favorite words?
Here are some of mine:
al Desko (yes, I've eaten enough lunches at my desk)
Brick (verb, meaning to make a cell phone non functional) Or, it can be a modern cell phone that resembles the "brick" phones of the 1990's. Not that I would ever want one of those. As the saying goes, if you live through a fashion once, you are too old for it the second time around. (Not that I owned one, that is.)
Binge watching - I'm puzzled, though, because I've seen that word used for several years now. And, I know too many people who binge watch. Stop watching TV and start living (says the person who spends too much time online.)
First World problems - my personal favorite. Like complaining about the balky remote control on my TV.
And then, there are the words removed from the Oxford English Dictionary - some of them hundreds of years after their last usage.
Curious about what English looked like as a language a thousand years ago? Check out this manuscript of a masterpiece called The Adventures of Beowulf., the oldest surviving English manuscript. But it's an English you would barely understand without a translation.
Are you a word geek? Do you have any favorite new words that have not existed for that long?