I love the way language changes over time. Well most of the time I do… ‘totes amazeballs’ is not something I’ll ever be able to deal with.
Maybe it’s more accurate to say I’m fascinated by the way language changes.
Two words in particular at the moment have me intrigued, because we use them so much these days without really considering where they’ve come from, and in a very short space of time.
Podcast: I listen to and talk about them so much. I think podcasting is a fantastic medium. Some of my favourite podcasts are from a group called Crooked Media, which produces U.S. political and social podcasts like Pod Save America, Pod Save The World, and Pod Save The People. They even have a term for regular guests:
So, pod as a word is thrown around pretty readily now. Pod, short for podcast, which is a portmanteau of iPod and broadcast. And of course iPod itself is a made-up word, which apparently comes from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
In fact iPod became a byword for a digital music player – much in the ways Xerox, Tippex, and Kleenex became bywords for photocopier, correction fluid, and tissues.
And an interesting point on the iPod, seeing as I’m talking about them. Aside from the iPod Touch – which is basically an iPhone without the phone element! – Apple no longer makes iPods. The standalone Apple Music player lasted only 16 years.
But I digress…
Blog: this is another word which interests me. Some (younger) people may not even know that a blog is in fact a web log!
Of course the blog has spawned a generation of bloggers and video bloggers, who I seem to recall produced vlogs – though I’m not sure that phrase entirely stuck.
I’m sure you can think of other such words. If so, let me know!