Blog in English Weekend Reads
This New York Times article  by Jessica Bennett, talks about the hyperbole of internet-speak. Jessica explores the new use of ‘dead’ or ‘dying’ to respond to things which are meant to be funny or exciting. ‘Dying’ is the new LOL. She mentions how, in an age where we are limited by our means of communication, it’s difficult to show our emotions. Therefore, we have to exaggerate our responses to show our reactions.
So here’s a question for you to consider; do you feel as though it’s difficult to show how you feel when communicating with people by messaging apps? If so, how do you express your emotions? Do you use emojis or emoticons? Or do you use expressions such as ‘dying’ to show how you feel?
What’s interesting is the way English is changing and developing to adapt to modern technology. We are using existing language in a world which is very different from the one the language was born into. Do you think this is a good thing? Are we losing anything by changing our language to match our social environment?
As always, tell us what you think by commenting or you can tweet us @harpermorganeng. Share with your friends and spread the discussion. Maybe they’ll respond with ‘lol’.
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