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New Words New words are being added to the English language at any different time. New words can be entered for many different reasons. However, it is generally due to the changes in technology and the changes to everyday society. For example, when the technology levels increased do that the computer was developed, the word computer was then invented and added to the English language to fit this change. Throughout this essay I am going to be looking at 8 new words that have been introduced into the English language within the last 50 years. STONED. Entered into the dictionary in 1952. This means to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It was first heard in the 1940's where it was used among US jazz musicians. Then it was used to express that someone was under the influence of drink, drugs or euphoria. As is became more commonly used it was used to express that someone was simply under the influence of drink or drugs. As time progressed, the 1960's mainly used it for those under the influence of cannabis. 'Stoned' comes under the form class of an adjective as it is describing the way that a person would be after alcohol or drugs. ...read more.

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This activity was first demonstrated towards the public during the 1986 world cup in Mexico. This is why it is known as the 'Mexican' wave. This sort of activity is usually practised when the game has become boring or their team is winning comfortably. It enters the language as a noun as an activity that is participated in. "As Owen scores a hatrick the crowd are going wild and are doing a Mexican wave." This is a way in which maybe a commentator on a sport, in this example football, would describe to the viewers what the atmosphere is like at the stadium. If there is a Mexican wave then it means that the fans generally ecstatic and show this through a Mexican wave. ACID HOUSE. Entered into the dictionary in 1988. This is a type of funk-based, electronically edited disco music from the late 1980's. It had hypnotic sound effects and was commonly associated to hippie culture and the use of the drug ecstasy. This type of music spawned acid house parties, which were secretly organised. These were usually held at illegal venues. It then started a trend of graffiti saying 'ACEED'. "I prefer acid house to punk-rock." This would be used when the person would be voicing an opinion on the style of music that they prefer. ...read more.

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"Have you tried the new Archers alcopop?" This example shows how there are more and more new alcopops being introduced into the market all the time and they are constantly a topic for conversation. From this I can conclude that it is just as much changes in society as it is in technology, if not more, that bring new words into the English language. This is shown by the examples I have used those such as 'alcopop'. These show how society has changed and so new things are released to combine with the changes and so the new words need to be invented. However, it is not just new words being added that's affecting the English language. It is also words that, again due to the changes in society, already existed but have had a new meaning. These are words such as gay. Years ago if someone was gay then it meant that were happy and cheerful. Nowadays, however, it is more commonly used to describe a homosexual, and so the meaning of the word 'gay' has changed dramatically. Also, famous people and idols have influences on how words are used. Ali G is good example of this as he describes a homosexual as 'batty', which before used to mean 'mad'. However, as Ali G changed the meaning there are many of fans that have also adapted this meaning. ?? ?? ?? ?? Abbi Ives 6 MPG English language AWB (Colfox) ...read more.

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