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    Re: Change in English

    And keyboard was a type of musical instrument until the computer came along.

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    Re: Change in English

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    And keyboard was a type of musical instrument until the computer came along.
    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    I don't think Tdol was suggesting that "keyboard" has changed its meaning, but that it has gained an additional meaning. That's the same for the words in post 19.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Change in English

    One interesting type of change is watered-down meaning words that once had stronger inferences than they do now and are now used more often:

    - awesome
    - icon (and iconic)
    - epic

    Can anyone think of others?
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Change in English

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post

    Can anyone think of others?
    Maybe hallowed. I think it has been trivialized.

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