“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.” ― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

A few weeks ago James and Elizabeth discussed “futurist language” and the idea that every year new words are used and adopted by people that reflect the changing culture.  Here are James’ thoughts:

OUR WORLD IS CONSTANTLY CHANGING SO OUR LANGUAGE NEEDS TO CHANGE TOO. I THINK THAT LANGUAGE IS VERY INTERESTING. I LOVE THAT NEW WORDS EVOLVE TO MEET OUR NEEDS.
THE OED (Oxford English Dictionary) MADE SELFIE THE WORD OF THE YEAR. THEY TRACK LANGUAGE USE ON THE INTERNET. THE WORD SELFIE WAS USED LIKE CRAZY IN 2013.
MANY NEW WORDS ARE COMBINATIONS OF WORDS. SHMEAT COMBINES SHEET AND MEAT TO MAKE A NEW WORD TO DESCRIBE ARTIFICIAL FOOD. WORDS LIKE THIS CRACK ME UP.
AUTHORS OF A BOOK ON FUTURIST LANGUAGE HAVE COME UP WITH A BOOK WITH NEW WORDS THAT DESCRIBE MODERN LIFE. MONOPHOBIA IS THE FEAR OF BEING AN INDIVIDUAL. I THINK THIS IS A GREAT WORD TO DESCRIBE MANY WHO BLEND IN WITH EACH OTHER. TIME SNACK IS A WORD USED TO DESCRIBE THE TIME IT TAKES FOR A COMPUTER TO PROCESS INFORMATION.
Creative Writing: Imagine you are a futurist writer! Think about our modern world and the words we need. 
THE MODERN WORLD IS SO FAST. WE NEED TO THINK OF WAYS TO SLOW DOWN, SPEND MORE TIME TOGETHER AND RELAX. THE WORDS I WOULD CREATED WOULD ENCOURAGE THIS.
SIT DOWN WITH SOMEONE YOU LIKE AND HAVE A “RELACHAT“. THIS IS A RELAXED CHAT WHERE NO ONE IS IN A HURRY. ANOTHER WORD IS “CERETALK“. THIS MEANS TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING CEREBRAL. THIS IS MY FAVORITE THING TO DO!
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2 thoughts on ““For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.” ― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

  1. I love James’ new words! I had a good relachat myself today (although my auto-correct is trying to change the word to “regatta”) and I am feeling more “inspirfreshed” (inspired and refreshed) as a result!

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