When the Pilgrim Fathers popped off on their little adventure they took with them a number of words in common usage at the time. When a language changes location the process of evolution begins upon it. Some words they took with them died out but continued here in the UK; others died out in the UK but survived in the Americas. Fall for autumn would be a good example - we used to use it here all the time. It is wrong to call it an Americanism.
look at the history of our English language in England. Our words
come from all over the world.
to stop the evolution of language is a bit Canutey. And by the way I
think his name was C'nut or K'nut. It evolved. In particular at the
teenage level words are reclaimed and relocated all the time. Is that
a good thing? No, it's wicked. It's mint. It's top drawer pants.
a petition dropped in to my in-box this week asking me to support the
petition asks the government to fix the legal definition of marriage
voluntary union for life of one man and one woman to the exclusion of
is that the law defines current behaviour almost as often as it
restricts it. Lots of same-sex partners, now civil-partnered
officially, refer to their other-half as their wife or husband and
their status as married. We can't stop them doing it, despite
whatever the law says.
the definition means we need to find some new word for the status of
those who have married for a second or third time after a failed 'to
the exclusion of all others' relationship.
are things to get excited about in this life. Maybe us heterosexuals
should get more concerned about setting a better example of how to
sustain a wonderful, long-term, to-the-exclusion-of-all-others
relationship. Then we would define marriage rather than asking the
courts to. I'm not signing.