Tuesday, September 11, 2018
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.”
– T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets –
Language is humanity’s ultimate killer app and Merriam-Webster’s recent addition of 840 words to its dictionary came with the astute observation that “we are no longer naming our devices and programs, we’re talking about what we do with them, and what they do for us.” (Click here to see some of the other new words).
This profound insight reflects the fact that technology is fading into the background while new action-focused-technology words like predictive, haptic and forcequit becoming part of our daily lives. What new words have quietly crept into your life during the past year and how are you using them?