I am guest posting today over at Faith Beyond Belief, a website devoted to establishing a broader perspective about religious belief and nonbelief in order to live more authentically. The post encourages us to put our creative minds to work in order to move beyond outdated definitions and to avoid attaching preconceived assumptions to people and ideas.
The following is an excerpt, but you can read more here.
Did you know that words like f-bomb, sexting, brain cramp, and earworm have now earned an official place in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary? Each year hundreds of new words are added to the dictionary in order to account for our ever-changing vocabulary. New words, such as copernicium, are introduced to account for scientific advancements. Other words, like e-reader, are included in the dictionary due to technological advancements. And some words, such as man cave and gastropub, are added due to their cultural significance.
As a society, however, we are a little slower to realize what the good folks at Merriam-Webster, Oxford, and American Heritage have acknowledged for years – namely, that the English language is an ever-changing communication tool that must continually be updated to match ever-changing customs, ideas, and attitudes. Read more.