Monday, June 04, 2007

New words, new woes

Just in time for ENA5 revision, here comes an article on the BBC news website all about new words that feature in the Collins Dictionary. Among the latest additions are WAGs, hoodies, man-bags, pro-ana and 7/7. Also making an appearance are carbon-offsetting, brainfood and Londonistan.

So, as a revision exercise (and this month’s Haribo prize-winning competition) how about finding 5 separate language change processes at work in the examples quoted in the BBC and newspaper articles and putting them as comments below. The first 3 correct responses will get a prize.

And for those of you interested in why these words are formed – the social and political background to language change – have a think about issues like the environment, celebrity culture and healthy eating, then try to group some of the new words into these categories.

These other articles in The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Independent feature the same story with some different examples, and might also offer you the chance to look at how the stories are handled by different broadsheets. If you remember that on ENA6 you may have to write a broadsheet article for question 2a, it's perhaps worth comparing these articles to see what kind of style devices are used and how the issue of language change is introduced to a non-specialist audience.

Useful for:

ENA5 – Language Change

ENA6 - Language Debates

4 comments:

sherelle said...

HI SIR,
I WASNT SURE WHETHER I HAD TO NAME 5 DIFFERENT PROCESSES, SO I HAVE GIVEN YOU 6 JUST IN CASE

1) Brainfood has gone through the process of compounding brain and food together.
2) Man flu has also gone through the process of compounding man and flu to make a compound word
3) Wags is an example of a acronym
4) Beslan is an example of an eponym
5) Wiki is an example of clipping, which derives from the Hawaiian wiki-wiki
6) Radicalising is an example of affixing the suffix (-ing)

Dan said...

Looks good to me, Sherelle. Processes are what I was after, so you cover 5 here. Congratulations

1 Haribo down, 2 to go...

Gbemi said...

ok...

1) Gitmo has undergone the process of abbreviation from Guantanamo
2)pro-ana has been coined by clipping the ana from anorexia and affixing it with the prefix- 'pro.'
3)WAG is an acronym from the words: Wives And Girlfriends (of footballers)
4)Man Flu is compounding of 'man' and 'flu.'
5)Londonistan has undergone blending of 'London + the '-istan' from pakistan.
6)Radicalising has been affixed with the addition of the suffix -ising to make the adjective into a verb (could this be conversion too???)

Romaine said...

DAMN IT I WAS TOO LATE