Evolving language in the digital age

I’m fascinated by how our language is evolving to try to capture all the new objects and emotions we have in our times. There are some great resources out there on new words being created, in the shape of made-up dictionaries:

I love this dictionary of obscure sorrows. Here’s one example on my Tumblr page: http://anemophilous.tumblr.com/post/42271543847/gnossienne

Urban Dictionary of course. Now used in US courts: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/21/business/media/urban-dictionary-finds-a-place-in-the-courtroom.html?pagewanted=all

The Emotionary – inventing words to capture new emotions: http://www.the-emotionary.com/

WordSpy: A bit slower than Urban Dictionary, and not as authentic, but has some nice touches: http://www.wordspy.com/

By the way, a review of Eric Schmidt‘s new book – The New Digital Age – mentioned some concepts I wasn’t familiar with, like “Shanzai”, which is a new word for the Chinese copying culture.

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