The Power of the Internet Over Language

Jun 26, 2015 by

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A lot of new words today are coined and made famous because of the Internet. It has become such a powerful tool to the point that it has moved and changed even language.

Well, it is a known fact that almost every year, more and more words have been added to the English dictionary. More and more words have transcend from being colloquial terms into actually being accepted as an official part of the English Language. Even other languages have these constant changes, too.

However, it is during the peak of the age of the Internet that more and more Internet slang have been included as official part of the language. We do not need to go way back. In recent years, terms such as:

Selfie- to take a picture of oneself, usually using a smartphone or camera’s on “selfie sticks.” This has even evolved in “types” such as “bathroom selfies,” “YOLO selfies (which is another term brought about by the internet which means ‘You Only Live Once)” and many more selfies taken in different scenarios and events. Though the highlight of the picture is not the scene nor the event, but oneself.

Tweet – what once was defined as the sound a bird makes, is now given a new meaning. Nowadays, a tweet means a post or an update made via the social media site Twitter.

Twerk – the hit dance craze that Miley Cyrus went viral for, is also an official part of the English dictionary. Who would have thought that such a viral and controversial act would make it to the official list of English words.

The influence of the internet on language is a sign on how powerful this tool is. It shapes societies as much as it has the power to break it. This makes it a very useful tool for progress, but also a scary one at that.

This is the reason why, in order to make sure that only the “good” kind of internet is used by people, service providers that have the ability to constrain “bad” internet and other forms of malware, should be preferred. The process of protecting your network from scary Internet stuff can be done on your own. However, if you either do not have the time to learn how to do it, or if you just want the best kind of internet and communication networking possible, then you can hire an expert service provider to do it for you. ¬†While internet communication is one of the most famous products of this company, they can also assist you in your internet worries because they have the ability to control the networking and communication lines of your internet.

This will be very useful for those families with children, because there will be a limit to the access that your children could have. This is also very useful for families with members in geographically far places because you can be connected through a PBX system that is cost-free, rather than communicating through your usual telephone lines.

Indeed, the Internet has become a very essential part of life. So important and influential that it has also penetrated the realms of language.

I wonder what words it would come up with in the future.


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