Language itself is constantly moving. It has no single pusher, but it is driven by the masses. 2018 was the year where we saw not just English speakers, but many language’s speakers rally with one another to push for changes. A total upheaval, focused on the deconstruction of patriarchal, deeply engendered, and racial word-bias. A change led not only in the United States, but all over the globe. This is the language change that will be the new foundation of how we construct the world around us when communicating. There is an important role that we as language lovers must play in this language revolution. We must take a moment to self-reflect on how we are operating our own daily lives, storytelling, and language learning. For the linguists out there, I say this with love. Y’all need to chill out. I find it fascinating that in a realm of highly intelligent language scientists that instead of helping one another there is constantly the need to “one-up” each other. This at its root is patriarchal! We should know as linguists were this type of criticism stems from. The future of English is in prescriptivism and all the charts and all the scientific studies in the world won’t be able to keep up with this change. As those with strong, formal backgrounds in language studies, we need to be the flagship holders to make sure that these changes are represented in all media forms.
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