Words: Helpful or Hurtful?...

by Dr. Don Newbury



Not so long ago, lots of folks— the ones still writing and reading longhand—gave little thought to what the future might hold for the English language. Many were more worried about dialects that will disappear when death claims the last handful of aging tribal users.



With social media and a culture given to haste 24/7, both verbal and written communications are being reduced to abbreviations and symbols. Forward-thinking people may legitimately wonder if the English language is on its way out.



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