12 December 2008 I’m Book Not 404
An interesting article suggested that some research has shown modern technology and Gen Y are driving changes in the English language. What I found interesting was that these changes were beyond the point of lols and 1337 speak.
Due mostly to the limited characters available when sending an SMS, 404, a reference to a website fault means clueless. And the predictive text for the word cool first produces book, which as a result has given it a second meaning.
Nenagh Kemp, psychologist from the University of Tasmania, suggested that this type of English was not dulling our language skills, but in fact part of the language’s natural evolution.
Interesting. Now please stop telling me that my generation is ruining everything. I’m off to fix the economy and deal with Global Warming… assholes.