Generational Shift, Reflections Of Technologies Change How We Use Words

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Monday, September 25, 2017 - 4:41pm
Updated: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 11:36am
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Words are a vital part of how we communicate, but the words we use change over time.

Sometimes, it’s a generational shift and in other situations, they better reflect new developments in current events or advanced technologies.

And Merriam-Webster has unveiled a new feature, Time Traveler, that lets you look up a word and see when it first became part of the vernacular.

To help us understand all of that a lot better, we spoke with Cindi SturtzSreetharan. She’s an associate professor in ASU’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change.