Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Verb or noun?

This cartoon strip doesn't really have anything to do with pronunciation but is more a reflection on the constant changes to our language, in particular jargon. Often business English terms change nouns into verbs or an action. We have become used to diarise, prioritise. Even 'blog' and 'google' are now verbs. As a second language learner it is hard to know what is 'correct' English and what is jargon. Language is dynamic and changes and fortunately or unfortunately depending on your point of view, a word that seems ridiculous at first soon becomes the norm.