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I’ve been noticing for the past ten years how many speakers and writers have changed the syntax of words in ways that I don’t like.
The oldest examples are the ways that articles and prepositions have been disappearing:
You don’t graduate from high school anymore, you graduate high school
It’s not the prom anymore, it’s Prom
More recently, I have noticed that the word “fun” which used to be simply a noun, has also become an adjective:
We had a fun time.
The word “famous” which was used as an adjective, and then as a noun ( Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous) and then as an adverb ( We got along famously) has now become an adjective:
Henry Ford famously said “History is bunk.”
Television and advertising are responsible for many of these, which have come into common usage. In my college students’ essays, I find
A revelation has become “the reveal”
A reward or lesson learned has become “the takeaway”
‘the” has been replaced with “that” ( She worked to achieve that desired weight)
Cause for Concern has become “concerning”
And so many participles have become adjectives by adding “ly” to the “ing” ending .
I could go on, but these are the first to come to mind.
The English Language is a living thing, and so it keeps changing. I guess I am an old grump, but these bother me